I Thought a Real-Life Terminator Was Impossible until I Watched This Incredible 3D Printer.



In a way, 3D printing is a misnomer — it’s actually stacking a series of 2D layers atop each other, instead of growing a single object. This is where Carbon3D may change things. It just introduced a 3D printing process, Continuous Liquid Interface Production, that produces genuine, contiguous 3D products by blasting a resin pool with jolts of light (that solidifies the resin) as well as oxygen (which will keep it in a liquid state). This technique looks like it  took it’s inspiration from the T-1000 robot in Terminator 2 —  solid objects arise out of an amorphous liquid. 

“If 3D printing hopes to break out of the prototyping niche it has been trapped in for decades, we need to find a disruptive technology that attacks the problem from a fresh perspective and addresses 3D printing’s fundamental weaknesses,” said Jim Goetz, Carbon3D board member and Sequoia partner. “When we met Joe and saw what his team had invented, it was immediately clear to us that  3D printing would never be the same .”
Existing 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, technology is really just 2D printing, over and over again. As a result, 3D printed parts take many hours, even days, to produce and are mechanically weak due to their shale-like layers. Using a tunable photochemical process instead of the traditional mechanical approach, Carbon3D’s layerless continuous liquid interface production technology (CLIP) eliminates these shortcomings to rapidly transform 3D models into physical objects. By carefully balancing the interaction of UV light, which triggers photo polymerization, and oxygen, which inhibits the reaction,  CLIP continuously grows objects from a pool of resin at speeds 25-100 times faster than traditional 3D printing.  

Much more like injection-molded parts, CLIP produces consistent and predictable mechanical properties, smooth on the outside and solid on the inside.

TED 2015: Terminator-inspired 3D printer grows objects

Is this Carbon3D’s final product? I’m sure it’s not – or as  Ahnuld would say, “I’ll be back”