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Fast Radius expands fleet of Carbon systems with new L1 3D printer

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Fast Radius is expanding its fleet of Carbon 3D printers with the addition of the Carbon L1 printer. The adoption of the L1 printer complements Fast Radius’ in-production Carbon M series printers and expands capabilities into large part production using Carbon DLS technology.

Since the inception of its partnership in 2017, Fast Radius has collaborated with Carbon to deliver end-use parts from reimagined office chairs to critical automotive components to point-of-care diagnostic testing for COVID-19, using Carbon M-series printers. The company’s factory is home to the largest public-use fleet of Carbon technology in North America. Fast Radius is now the first production partner to add the L1 for general purpose which complements their existing lineup of M2 printers and Smart Part Washers.

“We’ve built an exceptional partnership in collaboration with Fast Radius that has resulted in bringing reimagined products to market in less time than using historical manufacturing processes,” said Ellen Kullman, CEO at Carbon. “Having our largest partner in North America double down on their commitment to Carbon with the adoption of the L1 printer is validation of the demand we are seeing for large scale end-use parts.”

The L1 printer is a large format printer using the Carbon DLS process that allows organizations to prototype and produce larger parts and achieve new economies of scale to produce more, smaller parts. The L1 printer has proven reliability, as it is used in demanding production environments including the adidas 4D midsole, Riddell Diamond technology and models for clear aligners.

Introduced to the market only one year ago at Formnext 2019, the L1 printer offers the largest build volume in a Carbon printer allowing design engineers and manufacturers to make bigger parts or more, smaller parts. For most applications, the L1 printer reduces costs by 15 percent. It can be used as a single platform for both prototyping and production, enabling innovative products to be brought to market faster by prototyping and producing parts on the same machine. Carbon provides continuous software updates that are included in the subscription, delivering new features, new material options and printer performance enhancements over time.

“We’ve seen great success with the Carbon DLS process and the L1 printer will allow us to meet customer demand for larger DLS parts. The speed and accuracy of the DLS process used in both printer series make them attractive for end-use parts and rapid prototyping as well,” said Lou Rassey, CEO at Fast Radius. “By adding the L1 printer to our fleet, we’re offering exciting new capabilities to print large parts and higher volumes of parts more economically.”

Fast Radius is currently taking orders for large part production on L1 printers using the Carbon DLS process.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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