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Carbon launches its new M3 and M3 Max 3D printers – technical specifications and prices

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Carbonthe developer behind the Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) 3D printing technology, has announced the launch of its new and improved version M3 Series 3D Printers.

The company’s latest product line includes two models, the M3 and M3 Max, and offers improved print speeds, larger build volumes and higher quality parts compared to its predecessors. Combined with the Carbon Design Engine and Carbon DLS materials, the latest systems are suitable for a wide variety of applications in industries such as automotive, life sciences, dental and consumer goods.

“With these next-generation printers, design teams across all industries can create high-quality prototypes with faster, more efficient end-use performance than ever before,” said Phil DeSimone, director of development products and business at Carbon. “And once product development is complete, Carbon’s platform enables companies to move quickly and efficiently to production anywhere in the world.”

The M3 and M3 Max 3D printers. Photo by carbon.

DLS 3D Printing with Carbon

DLS is an SLA-based process that uses digital light projections in conjunction with oxygen permeable optics to cure photopolymer resins into 3D parts. The materials used with Carbon’s systems are typically integrated with programmable heat-activated chemistries, enabling engineering-grade mechanical properties and high-resolution functionality.

Carbon’s flagship product line is the M-Series, which includes the M1, M2, and now the M3. The M1 is the company’s most accessible offering with the smallest build envelope of them all, 141 x 79 x 326mm, while the M2 is a mid-range system with a build volume of 189 x 118 x 326mm.

the L1 is Carbon’s large-format production engine and features a build volume of 400 x 250 x 460 mm. This system is primarily used by designers, engineers and manufacturers who are looking for large part or high volume production.

The M3 and M3 Max

The new M3 3D printers from Carbon are designed to combine speed, precision and ease of use in a complete package. The base model M3 features the same build volume as the M2 (189 x 118 x 326mm) and is the first Carbon printer that can be installed by customers themselves. On the other hand, the M3 Max has a 4K light engine and doubles the print area of ​​the M3, bringing it to 307 x 163 x 326 mm. As such, the M3 Max is more suitable for producing large parts and small batches without compromising on print quality.

Both M3 3D printers aim to provide a simplified printing experience compared to their predecessors. According to Carbon, the suction force experienced by parts between layers is now 40% lower, resulting in fewer print failures and an overall more user-friendly workflow. The machines also feature an all-new closed-loop force control system, which carefully controls parameters such as print speed on the fly.

According to Carbon, the M3 range is also capable of printing more complex geometries that the company’s previous printers struggled with. This is especially true for elastomeric parts and components with intricate details that are sensitive to high forces.

Additionally, M3 printers are equipped with improved thermal management, allowing them to maintain faster print speeds without any adverse effects on parts. Carbon says M3 users can expect a 250% increase in throughput over the M2.

On the print quality side, initial tests have shown that the new systems now produce smoother parts with a reduction in surface roughness of around 1.4 µm. Carbon’s improved DLS process is also said to reduce part variations on a single build by up to 50%, which means greater repeatability for engineering-grade applications that need it.

Close-up of the M3.  Photo by carbon.
Close-up of the M3. Photo by carbon.

Technical specifications and prices

Below are the technical specifications of the Carbon M3 series. The M3 3D Printer is available to order now for immediate shipment. The M3 Max is also available to order now, with shipping scheduled for the second half of 2022.

Carbon will exclusively offer both systems under its unique subscription-based model. For reference, the M1 has always been priced at $40,000 per year, while the L1 can be ordered for $250,000 per year. Customers will need to contact the company to receive a quote on the price of the M3.

M3 M3 Max
Build volume 189 x 119 x 326mm 307 x 163 x 326mm
XYZ resolution 75 micron 75 micron
General accuracy Up to 65 microns Up to 65 microns
Production repeatability Up to 37 micron Up to 37 microns

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The featured image shows the M3 and M3 Max 3D printers. Photo by carbon.