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Carbon Speedcell 3D Printer

Paragon Rapid Technologies has teamed up with US-based Additive Manufacturing experts Carbon to introduce their groundbreaking 3D Manufacturing technology into the UK market.

The addition of Carbon’s proprietary Digital Light Synthesis™ (DLS) technology complements Paragon’s growing 3D-printing facility, and has enhanced its additive manufacturing capabilities to supply end-use parts from a wide range of engineering-grade materials.

Unlike conventional 3D printing systems, Carbon’s DLS technology manages a liquid gradient using light and oxygen to create robust parts with mechanical properties and surface finish that reflect injection-molded plastics. The cutting-edge technology enables the manufacture of 100s or even 1000s of production parts, very quickly and without the need for tooling. With investments from global financial institutions, strategic industry partners, value-based organisations and venture capital firms , the 3D manufacturing world has taken another significant step towards mass digital production.

As Carbon’s first and only UK production partner, Paragon successfully launched the technology at the TCT event in September. Customer applications for DLS range from surgical instruments for orthopedics, to safety device enclosures and automotive components.

“The market place has been waiting for a leading additive manufacturing solution to push the boundaries of what is possible which combines engineered materials, speed efficiency and build definition, and we feel the Carbon technology does just that,” said Phil Adamson, Managing Director at Paragon. “DLS is game changing for the industry, because our customers can go from design to production with one technology, which significantly reduces development costs and eliminates tooling requirements. Alongside an ambitious materials program, it gives real scalability for higher volume batch production.”

“We are very excited to welcome Paragon as our first production partner in the UK,” said Dana McCallum, Head of Production Partners at Carbon. “By combining the Paragon team's extensive manufacturing experience, with Carbon’s innovative technology, we’re able to provide a full production solution to their customers."

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