3DBaz- Earlier in the year online 3D printing services company Sculpteolaunched their CLIP Technology Beta Pilot Program. As one of the few corporate partners given the chance to work with the developers of CLIP technology Carbon, Sculpteo launched a pilot program that would allow their customers to participate in the testing and evaluation of CLIP technology and the resin materials that were available. Anyone could participate, however because they were still getting to know how CLIP worked with their resin materials, beta participants could be asked to redesign their 3D model based on the potential limitations of the technology.
Sculpteo made five resin materials available for testing and they would be using feedback from customer participation to draft the design guidelines for each of those advanced materials. This week Sculpteo has announced that they are moving two of the CLIP resins out of the beta phase and making them available to everyone. Sculpteo has now worked with Cyanate Ester, and Prototyping Acrylate enough to feel confident in the design guidelines that they have drafted. They based their guidelines on their own work with the materials over the last few months, as well as feedback and data from beta testers and their 3D printing projects.
The CLIP Beta Pilot Program launched back in March when Sculpteo received their first Carbon 3D printer and its light-cured resin materials. At this point only a few companies had been given access to the CLIP technology, so they decided to leverage their existing customer base to help push the new technology as far as it could go. By June Sculpteo had made Rigid Polyurethane the first CLIP resin material available to everyone. Now they are ending the beta program for Cyanate Ester and Prototyping Acrylate, and making them available to all of their customers. So far Elastomeric Polyurethane and Flexible Polyurethane will be remaining in the Pilot program and only available to customers willing to adjust their project if there are any difficulties using CLIP technology with them.
Just in case you need a refresher, CLIP, which stands for Continuous Liquid Interface Production, eliminates shortcomings of other 3D printing technology by emphasizing a tunable photochemical process over a traditional mechanical approach. CLIP works by projecting a continuous sequence of UV images, generated by a digital light projector, through an oxygen-permeable, UV-transparent window below a liquid resin bath. The dead zone created above the window maintains a liquid interface below the part. Above the dead zone, the curing part is drawn out of the resin bath,” Sculpteo posted on their blog.
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