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Carbon3D, Inc.
Industry Technology
FoundedJune 11, 2014; 4 years ago (2014-06-11)
Headquarters1089 Mills Way, ,
Number of locations
1 office (2016)
Area served
Key people
Joe DeSimone ( CEO)
ProductsCarbon M1

Carbon ( legally Carbon3D Inc.) is a technology company and manufacturer founded in December 2013, by Joseph and Philip DeSimone, based in Redwood City, California. It manufactures and develops 3D printers utilizing the Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) process, with their first commercial product being the Carbon M1 Printer.


The company was started on June 11, 2014, by Joseph and Philip DeSimone. In March 2015, Joseph gave a TED talk which showed a preview of a 3D printer prototype using Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP), with a scene in Terminator 2: Judgement Day was cited as the inspiration for the technology. [1] After Autodesk funded $10 million towards Carbon in June, [2] Ford Motor Company announced a partnership with the company, as well as joining Carbon's early access program for their printers. [3] Legacy Effects was given the technology to use for Terminator Genisys, as well as Delphi Automotive, and former Ford CEO and President Alan Mulally joined the board of directors within the same month. [4] [5] [6] In July, the company also raised $70 million in equity funding, [7] and in an interview with The Motley Fool, Joseph stated more capabilities and features of CLIP. [8]

On August, the company raised over $100 million in a Series C funding round, which was led by GV and including other investors Yuri Milner, Reinet Investments, and F.I.S. Others including Sequoia Capital, Silver Lake Kraftwerk, and Northgate Capital were noted at the time as existing investors, and Paul DiLaura, former Dassault Systèmes Managing Director, joined as Vice President of Sales. [9] [10] The company was subsequently named the Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum within August as well. [11]

On January 2016, Johnson & Johnson announced a partnership with Carbon to create custom surgical devices. [12] In March, Kodak also announced a partnership with Carbon to produce materials for its printers, while Josh Green, a Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur, joined as a general counsel. [13] [14] On April, the company announced the commercial printer, the M1. Valerie Buckingham, a former Microsoft marketing executive, joined as Vice President of Marketing in May. [15] On August, it was announced that service bureaus Dinsmore Inc and Midwest Prototyping would offer the M1 and Carbon's services. [16] In September, the company collected $81.1 million, attracting companies GE Ventures, BMW, Nikon and JSR, with both Nikon and JSR planning to help Carbon enter the Japanese market, while BMW and General Electric announced its incorporation of the M1 in their German facilities. [17] On November, BMW joined the early access program. [18]

In December 2017, the company announced it had raised $143 million in the first tranche of Series D funding to raise a total of $200 million. [19]


M1 Printer

The Carbon M1 3D printer can produce parts sized up to 144 x 81 x 330mm, with the light engine display LED using 75μm pixels. The company is leasing the platform on a yearly basis and companies, such as BMW, Ford, and Legacy Effects, have already had access to the technology, including on a project involving Genisys collectibles. [20] The printer supports using a variety of resin materials including some already in production commercial applications. [21]

M2 Printer

The Carbon M2 3D printer can produce parts larger than the original M1 Printer, up to 189mm x 118mm x326mm, with the same 75μm resolution.

Smart Part Washer

The Smart Part Washer machine washes, serializes, and data-scans parts to automatically record production information. [22]

See also


  1. ^ Joseph DeSimone (2015-03-19). "What if 3D printing was 100x faster?". TED Talks. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  2. ^ Terdiman, Daniel (9 April 2015). "Autodesk's 3D printing fund puts $10M in Carbon3D, maker of faster 3D printing tech". VentureBeat. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  3. ^ Vanian, Jonathan (23 June 2015). "Why Ford is partnering with a hot 3D printing startup". Fortune. Retrieved 9 December 2016 – via Time Inc.
  4. ^ Wheeler, Andrew (22 June 2015). "Legacy Effects Uses Carbon3D Printer for Progressive Ad & Terminator: Genisys". 3DPrintingIndustry. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  5. ^ McKenna, Beth (20 June 2015). "Can Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally Help Drive Carbon3D to the Front of the 3D Printing Company Pack?". The Motley Fool. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  6. ^ Molitch-Hou, Michael (3 June 2016). "Automotive Giant Delphi Leverages Carbon 3D Printing for Prototyping and More". Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  7. ^ Dale, Brady (29 July 2015). "Carbon3D Raises $70M While Kabam Lays Off 25". Retrieved 9 December 2016 – via New York Observer.
  8. ^ McKenna, Beth (2 May 2015). "Carbon3D CEO Interview: "Materials Are Key" to Breakthrough CLIP 3D Printing Technology". The Motley Fool. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  9. ^ Magee, Christine (20 August 2015). "With $100M In Funding, Carbon3D Will Make 3D Manufacturing A Reality". TechCrunch. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Paul DiLaura Joins Carbon As VP Of Sales". Carbon. 22 August 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Carbon3D Named Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum". Carbon. 5 August 2015. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  12. ^ Molitch-Hou, Michael (25 January 2016). "Johnson & Johnson Taps Carbon 3D for Medical 3D Printing". 3DPrintingIndustry. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  13. ^ Scott, Clare (11 March 2016). "Carbon's Kodak Moment: Partnership Will Develop New Materials for CLIP 3D Printing Technology". Retrieved 9 December 2016 – via 3DR Holdings.
  14. ^ "Legendary Silicon Valley Deal Maker, Josh Green, Joins Carbon As General Counsel". Carbon. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  15. ^ "Former Microsoft Marketing Head, Valerie Buckingham, Joins Carbon as Vice President of Marketing". Carbon. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  16. ^ "Carbon Builds Customer Portfolio With Two Leading Service Bureau Partners – Further Expanding Access to CLIP Technology". Carbon. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  17. ^ Tilley, Aaron (15 September 2016). "BMW And GE Invest $80 Million Into Carbon To Bring 3D Printing To Mass Manufacturing". Forbes. Retrieved 9 December 2016 – via Time Inc.
  18. ^ "25 years of 3D printing at the BMW Group: pioneers in additive manufacturing methods". Automotive World. 18 November 2015. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  19. ^ "3D printing unicorn raising $200M from Adidas, others, at $1.7B valuation". December 20, 2017. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  20. ^ "Chemist's 3-D printer could open doors for manufacturing revolution". CBS News. 2016-04-12. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  21. ^ Fameli, Joey (2016-05-16). "Meet the Carbon M1 Super Fast 3D Printer". Adam Savage's Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  22. ^ Kolodny, Lora (March 6, 2017). "Carbon moves into high-volume manufacturing with SpeedCell system, and bigger 3D printers – TechCrunch". Retrieved 2018-06-22.

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