Redwood City, California -- Carbon – the Silicon Valley 3D print and additive manufacturing specialists formerly called Carbon 3D – has raised $ 81m (EUR 72m) from new investors GE Ventures, BMW, Nikon and fine chemicals company JSR Corp.
Carbon currently offers five commercially available resin families, three of which are PU.
RPU is Carbon’s rigid polyurethane which has a tensile strength of 40 - 55 MPa. FPU is its flexible PU with an impact strength of 35 - 39 J/m and EPU – which has a tear strength of 15 - 20 kN/m – is the firm’s elastomeric PU.
Carbon – which UTECH-polyurethane.com covered in its 3D print feature this year – describes its business position as "at the intersection of hardware, software and molecular science."
The firm plans to offer its proprietary CLIP technology - continuous liquid interface production - internationally and is accelerating production to meet worldwide demand for its M1 printer.
Ford and Carbon collaborated to introduce additive manufacturing techniques into the carmaker's processes, as we reported previously.
Steve Taub, senior director of advanced manufacturing, GE Ventures, said: “In today’s digital world, additive manufacturing is changing how products are designed, made and serviced at GE.
“Carbon’s CLIP technology can print exceptional quality parts for end-use production, opening the doors to incredible possibilities like low volume manufacturing, freedom of design, and mass customisation. We are excited to work with Carbon as part of our vision in deploying additive manufacturing applications across GE.”
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