Carbon’s Finished-Product 3D-Printing Has Rousing Financial Endorsement

  • 23 December 2017
  • Sam Mire

In 2015, Silicon-Valley based Carbon, known then as Carbon3D, introduced their proprietary method for 3D printing which was 25-100 times faster than competitors. Their Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) method employs light and oxygen, which interact with a photosensitive resin to create a finished product. Compared with many additive manufacturing methods which call for layer-by-layer printing which produces a relatively weak structure, the introduction of oxygen allows for a photochemical process that can be done quickly and with a sturdier result.

Sequoia Capital, a renowned venture capital firm, understood the ramification of Carbon’s revolutionary process, and funding was secured incrementally and somewhat secretively.

When we met [Carbon founder] Joe [DeSimone] and saw what his team had invented, it was immediately clear to us that 3D printing would never be the same.

It seems that the word is officially out. Carbon is now far from a secret, and plenty of heavyweights have hopped onto the CLIP bandwagon. Even as they work to perfect and promote their CLIP technology, Carbon has continued to innovate, releasing its SpeedCell 3D printer while continuing to innovate and secure additional funding. They have thus far operated on a subscription model, catering its products to the wants of its customers while offering one-on-one interaction.

Their latest round of funding – which netted $200 million – appears to indicate that Carbon’s products may soon become ubiquitous. With significant investment from the likes of GE, Adidas’ Hyrda Ventures, and a number of global financial institutions, Carbon is no longer a run-of-the-mill startup. They offer a completely original, superior form of additive manufacturing which is able to provide a finished product without the need for additional augmentation, and industry leaders have taken notice and given the ultimate co-sign: cash.  

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Sam is a Market Research Analyst at Disruptor Daily. He's a trained journalist with experience in the field of disruptive technology. He’s versed in the impact that blockchain technology is having on industries of today, from healthcare to cannabis. He’s written extensively on the individuals and companies shaping the future of tech, working directly with many of them to advance their vision. Sam is known for writing work that brings value to industry professionals and the generally curious – as well as an occasional smile to the face.