3D printing service provider Shapeways has announced a new collaboration with digital manufacturing company Carbon. As of today, select Shapeways customers will be able to order prints made using Carbon’s innovative Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology. The partnership broadens Shapeways 3D printing services portfolio.
Carbon’s Digital Light Synthesis technology is a cutting-edge process that offers exciting opportunities for mass-scale 3D printing thanks to its speed and scalability. The company already has a number of high profile partnerships under its belt, providing its AM platform to Lamborghini for automotive production, Riddell for sports equipment manufacturing and most famously Adidas, which is using DLS to mass produce its Futurecraft 4D shoes.
The new partnership with Shapeways rounds off a big month for Carbon, which not only unveiled its new, large-format L1 3D printer but also released a slew of new products targeted at the dental industry, including the compact M2d 3D printer for dental labs and the Smart Part Washer for automatically cleaning dental models. The company also announced the release of the C6 Cassette accessory for speeding up production speeds on the M2 printer.
Shapeways, for its part, sees the partnership as an exciting step in advancing its portfolio of 3D printing services. At least initially, Carbon’s technology won’t be broadly available to Shapeways clients, as only select customers will be given access to the technology.
“Shapeways first launched with one guiding directive: to make 3D printing technology available to every creator who had a vision or idea,” the company writes on its blog. “Part of that mission is ensuring that we always have access to the latest cutting-edge technologies and highest quality materials to better support our community of innovators and entrepreneurs. Today we’re thrilled to announce one very large step in our ongoing quest: a new partnership with Carbon, a digital manufacturing pioneer.”
In addition to gaining access to Carbon’s resin-based 3D printing technology, Shapeways customers will also be able to leverage three new materials: Elastomeric polyurethane (EPU 40), an elastic, tear-resistant and durable material with foam-like properties; Rigid polyurethane (RPU 70), a stiff and strong material ideal for automotive and industrial parts; and Urethane methacrylate (UMA 90), a tough resin suitable for producing jigs and fixtures.
The materials will be available to all Shapeways customers upon request.