SpeedCell from Carbon is a system of securely connected products designed to upend traditional methods of manufacturing. The first components of the SpeedCell include the M2, an industrial-grade 3D printer and the Smart Part Washer that enables optimal cleaning and easy finishing of parts.
Carbon’s Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) technology coupled with the SpeedCell system enables previously impossible designs, from single-part combinations of complex assemblies to un-moldable and un-millable geometries such as lattices, while also minimizing the tooling and prototyping stages of the design process to go directly to end-use part production. Manufacturers can now cost-effectively and quickly introduce new products, produce localized products for specific markets, provide inventory on-demand, and explore other business models.
“SpeedCell combines our reliable M Series machines, data-rich platform and ever-expanding base of production-quality resins to give our partners the tools to massively change the way they think about design and production,” says Dr. Joseph DeSimone, co-founder and CEO of Carbon. “For our customers, this means that their product development cycles no longer need to include the antiquated traditional manufacturing process steps of designing, prototyping, tooling, and then production. Instead, products can be designed and engineered on a platform that is also the means of production, eliminating prototyping and tooling steps. This dis-intermediation is at the core of Carbon’s role in accelerating the much-anticipated digital revolution in manufacturing.”
The introduction of SpeedCell is in direct response to the needs of Carbon’s customers and strategic partners, including BMW Group and General Electric. Breaking free from the current constraints of the traditional design, production, and distribution process, Fast Radius, in partnership with UPS, is a new Carbon customer and one of Carbon’s SpeedCell launch partners.
“UPS has teamed up with Fast Radius to create a global, on-demand manufacturing and supply chain solution enabled by additive manufacturing of which Carbon’s solutions for real part manufacturing are an important addition,” says Alan Amling, UPS corporate strategy vice president. “In partnership with Fast Radius, we can immediately leverage the SpeedCell capabilities to provide our customers with on-demand products and inventory in a scalable and cost-effective way.”
Rick Smith, co-founder at Fast Radius adds, “Fast Radius and UPS believe that the introduction of Carbon’s technologies marks a historic point when additive manufacturing truly becomes a production alternative. We are excited to be a SpeedCell launch partner and to integrate the technology into our product design, additive manufacturing, and supply chain offerings.”
Additional SpeedCell launch partners include existing customer BMW Group and production partners Dinsmore and Associates, Primary Manufacturing, Sculpteo, and The Technology House, which are also already working to implement this new manufacturing solution.
SpeedCell achieves production workflow and output by integrating multiple key operations, including part printing and part washing, to facilitate cost-effective part production. Twice the build area of the M1, the M2 enables printing larger parts or more parts per build with the same resolution and isotropic quality as Carbon’s M1 printer.
The Smart Part Washer automates repeatable part washing, the next step in the additive manufacturing process. SpeedCell also features multiple Carbon Connectors, which enable hardware extensibility to support additional system capabilities in the future.
At launch, Carbon will offer SpeedCell in the following configurations:
- Design SpeedCell couples one M Series printer with a Smart Part Washer, allowing product designers and engineers to iterate on product concepts with the confidence that their product can be turned into real parts at any volume
- Production SpeedCell, specifically designed for industrial manufacturing applications, pairs multiple production floor compatible M2 printers with a Smart Part Washer