Carbon has announced the launch of its L1 resin 3D printer, although they are providing it only to some partners and on a limited basis. The company also touts it as an important addition to their platform, combining state-of-the-art hardware, software and materials.
The L1 uses Carbon’s trademark digital light synthesis technology but offers a much larger print size. It’s roughly 5 times the build volume of the Carbon M2 and features a host of intuitive features.
High-Volume DLS Printing
So far, the two most famous use cases are those of Adidas and Riddel. Adidas will put the new hardware unit to use in mass manufacturing Futurecraft 4D midsoles. They plan to take this to the next level by pushing Futurecraft 4D shoe production into the millions.
Riddel has used the L1 to produce customised helmet liners for its SpeedFlex Precision Diamond helmet model. The helmets were in use during the 2018 NFL season, employed by a select number of players. Future helmets will be commercially available, but also limited to the ‘elite level’ starting in 2019. Every helmet is consists of over 140,000 individual struts, coalescing into patterns for attenuating impact forces while providing the perfect fit. Carbon also made use of Riddell’s database of over 5 million impact captured by a smart helmet technology that allows for custom and individualized tuning of lattice structures in the future.
“At Carbon, we believe in using the power of technology to advance innovation,” commented Joseph DeSimone, Carbon CEO and co-founder. “Our platform enables companies like Riddell to make products that were never thought possible. With this partnership, Riddell becomes one of the largest users of 3D printers in the world. We are proud to be at the forefront of digital manufacturing of protective equipment.”
Featured image and video courtesy of Riddel and Carbon.