Protolabs expands its industrial 3D Printing capabilities with Carbon Digital Light Synthesis™ (DLS). The digital manufacturer produces over 100,000 printed components every month across six different additive manufacturing technologies. With production centres in several countries, we don’t know yet where Carbon DLS will be leveraged.
Carbon DLS is quite unique. The technology is enabled by the manufacturer’s proprietary CLIP™ process. It requires the use of digital light projection, oxygen permeable optics, and programmable liquid resins to achieve parts with desired mechanical properties, resolution, and surface finish.
“We’re very excited about the manufacturing options the Carbon technology offers to our customers,” said Vicki Holt, President and CEO at Protolabs. “It provides a cost-effective production solution for geometric complexities that cannot be molded or otherwise fabricated. »
Manufacturers from various industries including sports have recognized the capabilities of Carbon DLS and its ability to achieve intricate designs and durable 3D Printed components for end-use applications.
“We recognize that market demand for additive manufacturing has moved beyond prototyping and is being leveraged to create fully functional parts at much larger scale,” said Greg Thompson, Protolabs’ global product manager for 3D printing. “We are committed to supporting that demand in a technology-agnostic manner so that our customers get the best possible parts from the best possible 3D printing technology.”
Lastly, additive manufacturing is not the only technology leveraged by Protolabs to produce parts. With Protolabs, we can see that AM is one tool in a large toolbox that includes other valuable technologies such as CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, and injection molding processes.
Its digital approach to manufacturing consists in reducing development and production costs, and minimizing risk throughout the product life cycle.
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