Carbon Platform Improvements: April 2022

Carbon is the idea-to-production platform, helping you at every stage of digital product development and manufacturing. We are excited to share some of the latest technology innovations now available to you.

Design Tools

Analyze your lattice and get started more quickly with zones

Carbon Design Engine™ customers can use a new analysis feature that suggests appropriate cell sizes based on your part’s features. Design Engine™ Pro customers can turn these recommendations into inputs to use as an Adaptivity Table. Additionally, the new Shapes feature for Design Engine Pro makes it easy to experiment with zones without needing to create them first in CAD.

Carbon Design Engine is available to try for free. Learn More: Design Engine

Improved Efficiency

Software v.1.35 Release

In this release, we’ve included the following improvements to your print process:

Heated Resin to Reduce Print-to-Print Variation

To reduce ambient temperature variation from print to print on the same printer, select resins will be heated to a minimum of 30°C. With this new feature, the estimated print-to-print accuracy variation for a given feature decreases from 9.9um to 7.9um (roughly a 20% reduction in variation), bringing a total reduction in variation of ~2.5% (as calculated print-to-print and across build). This change is only implemented for M3 and L1 printers, and M2 printers using a C5 heated cassette. The following resins can benefit from this new feature:

  • RPU 70
  • EPU 40
  • EPU 41 (Green and Black)
  • CE 221
  • EPX 82
  • EPX 86FR
  • MPU 100
  • SIL 30

Gradient Overhang Tool

We’ve made it easier for you to identify where supports are needed or not needed. Carbon’s overhang detection tool has long allowed you to identify areas of your model that may require support structures due to the relative angle between the part and the platform.

With this software release, you now have access to more nuanced information via a rainbow-colored gradient that helps you easily visualize part angle so that you can make more informed decisions about support placement.

This additional information will help you identify critical areas that require robust support structures, while also making apparent areas that may require no or fewer supports so that you can achieve successful prints without over-supporting.

Check out how continuous over-the-air software updates have improved your printer. Software Release Notes highlight recent innovations.

Software Release Notes

See March 2022 platform improvements here.

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