3D printing is already an amazing new technology that is on the cutting edge of hi-tech manufacturing. Nevertheless, the technology is becoming even more astounding. In Redwood City, California, a new company, Carbon, has expanded on the technology to improve its output significantly as Jack Clark reports (“An Object Rises from the Goop” Bloomberg Businessweek, 4/4/16–5/10/16, pp. 33–34):

Using new materials, hardware, and software, Carbon’s printer, the M1, fires UV light at its syrupy resins to produce prototypes and production parts that can be more bouncy, stiff, tough, or heat-resistant than rival products, printing at speeds competitors can’t match.” (p. 33)

These technical changes allow Carbon to perform more of a continuous building process as opposed to printing one layer at a time. The UV light curing step enhances final product strength and durability. Several other companies observing the amazing success of this new process are now becoming clients. Carbon now offers an annual subscription service for the M1 printer.

Carbon’s story illustrates one of the enduring, intrinsic aspects of science and technology: no matter how good the process is today, tomorrow will only make it better.

About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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