It is possible to make shoes in batches through 3D printing of resin materials, and the price has plummeted
recently, carbon announced a new material plan, which will provide a large number of resins, and the price will be reduced by 40%, which should be good news for mass manufacturers
carbon's popularity is not only its clip 3D printing technology that has changed the industry, but also applicable to materials using this technology. Carbon resins are engineering grade and programmable. Together with clip, they have begun to enable companies to use 3D printing to mass produce end-use parts. These functions are obvious through the measures taken by Adidas, which is using carbon technology to create some of the first batch of 3D printing shoes
the first material to be provided in batch will be the company's rigid polyurethane (RPU 70) resin. The current price is $250 per liter, but it will be reduced to $150 per liter under the new batch plan. Next year, carbon plans to work with its global supply chain partners to develop a new method for distributing resin, and is expected to reduce the price to no more than $100 per liter
Dr. carbon production director and co-founder said, "this method of mass production materials will enable us to ensure that partners like Adidas, which will print tens of millions of parts, can do this economically compared with other manufacturing methods (such as injection molding)." Joseph desimo "at present, no other 3D printing company has provided this, because they have not combined a complete 3D manufacturing system with first-class materials to make large-scale additive manufacturing. Carbon now does provide a complete package."
Luke Kelly, vice president of finance, about his ideas on how the company views itself as leading 3D printing into mass production
"historically, industrial grade 3D printing polymer resins are also very expensive for even low to medium volume production applications (tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands per year) By reducing the price of resin materials, carbon can now effectively increase the number of parts that can be manufactured more effectively through millions of carbon technologies. Pass the advantages of cost reduction to customers, and establish partnership with large chemical suppliers through carbon; Establish a global production partner network; Using economies of scale in production and distribution; And established a new technology that can batch package and automatically distribute resin. "
in addition, carbon also launched a resin distribution tool called MMD for "instrument mixing and distribution". The instrument is created as an accessory of carbon's speedcell system, and RPU 70 can be configured in batches. It was developed in cooperation with Henkel adhesive technologies, a global leader in adhesives, sealants and functional coatings. One of carbon's production partners, technology house, is already using MMD
"we have been observing carbon for some time. As a chemical company, in the process of plastic extrusion, we are deeply impressed by the innovation of materials and the surge in the consumer goods industry," said Philipp loosen, global head of 3D printing, Henkel Adhesive Technology Co., Ltd. "we are happy to cooperate with such a promising company to develop hardware and material solutions, bring advanced technologies such as 3D printing into the traditional manufacturing industry, and support the expansion of these functions to various markets and applications. This is the future."
the cooperation with Henkel adhesive technology shows the importance of the business partnership with carbon. We asked Kelly about his thoughts on how partnerships affect the company's listing strategy
Kelly said, "we are very lucky to have amazing customers, partners and investors all over the world, which helped us shape and accelerate our listing." "For example, our subscription model is based on the insight of customers and partners, and this service and software will become more and more important for additive manufacturing. We have a business model in which our products can leave the factory only after obtaining the certificate of conformity, which links our success with the success of our partners and customers. In addition, our material partners win profits in the growth, so we are ensuring the expansion of the overall market of carbon breakthrough technology Has maintained a good cooperative relationship. "
partners Ford and Adidas are the first companies to use new batch pricing and distribution tools. In particular, it will use the calibration and zeroing of hundreds of thousands of liters of extensometers: measuring standard length futurecraft 4D shoes
Dr. Ken Washington, vice president of research and senior engineering of Ford Motor Company and chief technology officer of many enterprises to extend the industrial chain in order to achieve the set goal of power battery cost of 1 yuan/watt hour in 2020, said: "Ford shares the 3D manufacturing vision of carbon, and actively cooperates with the carbon group to accelerate the implementation of automotive applications."
the new material plan will help carbon further expand and expand its customers, especially mass producers. Although footwear and automobiles are the first vertical fields to use carbon's 3D printing technology for large-scale production, their use will continue to grow
"The automotive and footwear industries usually use economies of scale to improve operational efficiency. We do see the common ground of two vertical aspects, because they use 3D manufacturing scale to carry out faster design iterations, and come to market faster through new parts or products. In carbon, we see the needs of the industry vertical areas of 3D manufacturing solutions, help create product differentiation by improving functional performance, and through better design and digital Optimize the components, realize the freedom of design, and create a new end-user experience. In addition, some sectors (such as industry, automotive, consumer goods and spare parts) have unique production scale opportunities. Through partial consolidation and reducing supplier dependence, new operational efficiencies can be achieved. Other areas that can benefit from faster design iterations, the ability to create product differentiation and better end-user experience are dentistry, consumer electronics, medical devices and multi bubble related applications. "
the company has joined some new production partners to expand its business in Europe: citim and Yuk Xerox in Germany and fast radius and model fast technology in the UKPhill Adamson, managing director of paragon, said: "Many customers have been looking for a better and more economical way to produce parts and products, and we have found carbon. The company's groundbreaking digital photo synthetic additive manufacturing technology has changed in the industry, because our customers can easily from design to production through a technology, which greatly reduces the development cost and eliminates the mold demand. Now through this material program, it can achieve more True scalability for high volume production. "