Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP)

A UV light continually cures photosensitive resin to create parts with production-grade strength and surface features

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The M1 Printer 

About Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP)

CLIP works by projecting a continuous sequence of UV images, generated by a digital light projector, through an oxygen-permeable, UV-transparent window below a liquid resin bath. A dead zone created above the window maintains a liquid interface below the advancing part. Above the dead zone, the curing part is drawn out of the resin bath to produce parts with excellent mechanical properties, resolution, and surface finish.


Build Specs

With a maximum build envelope of 5.5” x 3.1” x 12.8” the M1 printer offers plenty of room for a wide variety of parts. Due to the nature of the M1’s projector-based system, printing resolutions in the Z direction are available at three settings:

Standard:     0.003”

Fine:             0.002”

Superfine:     0.001”

Resolution in the X and Y direction is 0.003” for all settings.

Material Info

Carbon has created a diverse and growing selection of materials that enable product designers and engineers to build functional prototypes and production-quality parts. The materials were designed to meet the specifications of common injection molded alternatives.To see all of the available materials and their defining characteristics, click the link below. 

View the CLIP Material List ••>

CLIP Tolerances

Expected tolerances for CLIP parts using PR25 material are +/- .005” for the first inch and +/- .002” for each additional inch. For all other engineering materials available, tolerances are dependent upon material selection. Part geometry, wall thickness, and build orientation can have an effect on tolerances. Please let us know if you have critical dimensions that need to be met.