Is 3D printing struggling to deliver its promise to transform manufacturing? In many ways the answer has to be yes. The main hurdles are the printing speeds which are still relatively slow. Parts which are mechanically weak. And the limited choice of materials. There’s also the fact that 3D printing in reality is just 2D printing, over and over again, making the end product less robust and brittle.
The good news is that this is about to change dramatically with a new type of printing technology called CLIP. (Continuous Liquid Interface Production.) What’s absolutely phenomenal about this technology is that it grows the parts instead of printing them! Not only will it allow businesses to produce superb quality parts but it will also offer game-changing speeds. – Let the revolution begin.
Compare the speed
While speed is dependent on various factors, traditional 3D printing takes hours or even days to finish. CLIP is 25 to 100 times faster!
Below is a head-to-head comparison* of producing a 51mm diameter complex object like the one on the left. It can’t be fabricated by traditional manufacturing techniques.
The scene from the science fiction movie Terminator II, where the “bad-guy” terminator morphs into shapes at will, is the main inspiration behind the development of CLIP.
Watch CLIP 3D printing at work
Some advantages of 3D manufacturing
- Infinite shelf life.
- Customised products on demand
- Delivery and transportation costs. The customer orders the product in the UK and it’s printed in his hometown in Brazil, and then delivered locally to his doorstep!
- Home printing. The product is printed at home. -No delivery costs.
- Warehouse storage / Logistics are greatly reduced.
- Production costs greatly decreased. Manpower and time.
- Human error is reduced.
- Complex models/products can be created that were either impossible to produce or extremely time consuming and costly.
- On demand everything! 24/7
- The need for a physical store is alleviated. The customer via virtual reality will be able to preview and customise the product before purchase.
3D printing and the home
As 3D technology gets cheaper, better and quicker each household will have their very own 3d printing device. (Rather like everyone has a microwave now.) Larger homes will have a 3d printing room next to the laundry room. Coming up short of two or three sets of cutlery or even a chair at a dinner party will be a thing of the past. – We will just simple print them on demand!
The “tyranny of the Physical” is over. – The Curve, Nicholas Lovell.
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