Last year, Carbon introduced a bulk discount program for its 3D printing resins, giving the manufacturing and 3D printing industries easier access to its now-famous CLIP technology. Today, the company announced that it is driving down prices on certain resins further. EPX 82 (epoxy), EPU 41 (elastomeric polyurethane) and RPU 70 (rigid polyurethane) will now be offered in bulk volumes of 50 or more liters at $50 per liter, fulfilling Carbon’s 2017 promise to eventually offer its resins at under $100 per liter. This is a smart move by the company. The total cost of leasing Carbon systems and the materials was cost prohibitive so far. By reducing resin prices it lowers the part cost and lets more business cases flourish. This more than the previous hype shows us that Carbon is serious about manufacturing.
“The global appetite for using digital manufacturing for high-volume production is rapidly growing, as more and more manufacturers are implementing these next-gen technologies into their processes and supply chains,” said Dr. Joseph DeSimone, CEO and Co-founder at Carbon. “Carbon has made digital manufacturing a reality, and the skyrocketing need for large-volume production enables us to introduce the most radical reduction of resin pricing ever. This move will also create new high-value applications and opportunities that were previously impossible, helping to transform the modest, estimated $10B 3D printing world into a multi-hundred-billion-dollar industry.”
Outside the US, EXP 82 and RPU 70 will be offered in 50 or more liters at €45 per liter, £40 per liter, CAD $65 per liter and JP¥ 7,500 per
liter. EPU 41 is not currently available outside the United States.
Carbon also announced today that it has expanded its network of production partners with the addition of European service bureaus Complete Fabrications, Erpro Group, Kurz, and Rapid Product Manufacturing (RPM). This brings Carbon’s production network to more than 35 companies across the world.
“Digital fabrication technology has evolved from the early days of conventional 3D printing of prototyping applications to full-scale digital manufacturing systems,” said Dana McCallum, Head of Production Partnerships at Carbon. “An important part of Carbon’s strategy is to empower manufacturers around the world with the many benefits of digital fabrication. By being part of the Carbon Production Network, our partners have a truly scalable, complete digital manufacturing platform that offers a faster process and creates high-quality, end-use parts with properties similar to injection molding.”
Carbon is also expanding on an already-existing partnership with Core3dcentres, a global company that offers digital dental production and design solutions. The two companies are expanding their partnership internationally, extending it to four different continents and allowing a broader range of dental labs access to Carbon’s technology.
Carbon and Core3dcentres 3D printed products will now be available to customers in Australia, Benelux Union (Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg), Canada, Croatia, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, Spain, the UK and the United States. The two companies are capitalizing on the recent growth of 3D printing in the dental market, which, according to a report by SmarTech Publishing, grew by more than 35 percent for the second year in a row and will continue to accelerate in coming years.
“The dental industry’s use of additive manufacturing has skyrocketed over the last couple of years, but it wasn’t always like that. For some time, dental labs were plagued by 3D-printed parts that were inconsistent and poorly made with a limited range of materials, but that’s all changed with Carbon,” said Mark Maier, Managing Director of Global at Core3dcentres. “We’ve seen tremendous success deploying Carbon’s technology in the U.S. – high throughput, accuracy of prints using durable, high-quality materials, constant uptime, first-class education and customer support. We want to implement the same success in our dental labs around the world.”
Core3dcentres has made products such as surgical guides and dentures more affordable using 3D printing technology, and the partnership with Carbon has helped the company improve turnaround time as well as the diversity of its offerings.
“Core3d is at the forefront of innovation in digital dentistry, and Carbon is thrilled to expand our partnership in support of our shared global vision and commitment to the continuing development and enhancement of the digital ecosystem,” said Brian Ganey, General Manager of Carbon’s Dental Business. “The age of digital 3D Manufacturing is here, and Carbon is redefining what’s possible with a complete dental solution that delivers on the promise of digital fabrication for production at scale.”
Carbon will be present at formnext, which is taking place in Frankfurt, Germany this week from November 13th to 16th. If you’ll be attending, stop by and visit Carbon in Booth B30, Hall 3.0.
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