Fast Radius Takes Significant Step Towards High Volume 3D Printing Manufacturing as Launch Partner for Carbon’s Revolutionary SpeedCell™
March 16, 2017 04:58 PM Eastern Daylight Time
ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fast Radius, a leading global on demand manufacturing and supply chain solutions provider, announced today that Carbon, Inc. has selected Fast Radius as one of its first launch partners to implement Carbon’s revolutionary new SpeedCell, a system of securely connected products designed to upend traditional methods of manufacturing. This new technology will be initially deployed by Fast Radius in its manufacturing facility which is located on UPS’s Supply Chain Solutions campus in Louisville KY.
“Fast Radius and UPS believe that the introduction of Carbon’s technologies marks a historic point when additive manufacturing truly becomes a production alternative. We are excited to be a SpeedCell launch partner and to integrate the technology into our product design, additive manufacturing, and supply chain offerings,” said Rick Smith, co-founder at Fast Radius. Alan Amling, UPS Corporate Strategy Vice President, added, “UPS has teamed up with Fast Radius to create a global, on-demand manufacturing and supply chain solution enabled by additive manufacturing of which Carbon’s pioneering solutions for real part manufacturing are an important addition. In partnership with Fast Radius, we can immediately leverage the SpeedCell capabilities to provide our customers with on-demand products and inventory in a scalable and cost-effective way.”
The first components of the SpeedCell include two new products that provide a powerful solution for additive manufacturing at scale: The M2, a robust, industrial-grade 3D printer built with manufacturers in mind; and the Smart Part Washer that enables optimal cleaning and easy finishing of parts.
Carbon’s Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) technology coupled with the SpeedCell system enables previously impossible designs, from single-part combinations of complex assemblies to un-moldable and un-millable geometries like lattices, while also minimizing the tooling and prototyping stages of the design process to go directly to end-use part production. Manufacturers can now cost-effectively and quickly introduce new products, produce localized products for specific markets, provide inventory on-demand, and explore a breadth of other business models.
“SpeedCell combines our reliable M Series machines, data-rich platform and ever-expanding base of production-quality resins to give our partners the tools to massively change the way they think about design and production,” said Dr. Joseph DeSimone, co-founder and CEO of Carbon. “For our customers, this means that their product development cycles no longer need to include the antiquated traditional manufacturing process steps of designing, prototyping, tooling, and then production. Instead, products can be designed and engineered on a platform that is also the means of production, eliminating prototyping and tooling steps. This dis-intermediation is at the core of Carbon’s role in accelerating the much-anticipated digital revolution in manufacturing.”
Fast Radius and UPS are currently working with a select group of the world’s most respected companies to explore and deploy on demand manufacturing solutions for production runs of 100,000 units or less, development of new products and business models, and innovative supply chain solutions.
ABOUT FAST RADIUS
Fast Radius is the leading global on-demand manufacturer and supply chain solution provider. Co-located within UPS distribution hubs, Fast Radius enables fast production of industrial parts at scale. From functional prototypes to real engineered parts produced into the tens of thousands, Fast Radius guarantees quality with the fastest delivery times in the industry. Industry-leading global corporations are choosing Fast Radius to deliver on the promise of on-demand manufacturing, reduce upfront production costs, accelerate product development and make the once unthinkable goal of ‘zero inventory’ a reality. The company can be found online at www.fastradius.com and on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Carbon, the Silicon Valley-based additive manufacturing company, was founded in 2013. Working at the intersection of hardware, software and molecular science, Carbon is delivering on the promise of additive manufacturing, allowing commercial partners to go beyond basic prototyping to start producing at scale. Carbon’s Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP) was introduced simultaneously at TED 2015 and to the scientific community on the cover of Science Magazine (Science, March 2015). To date, Carbon has received $221 million in funding. Carbon’s investors include Autodesk, BMW, GE Ventures, GV, Nikon, Northgate Capital, Sequoia Capital and Silver Lake Partners. For more information, please visit Carbon3D.com or follow @Carbon on Twitter and Instagram.
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the web at ups.com ® and its corporate blog can be found at longitudes.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS or follow us on Twitter @UPS_News.
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