Carbon has been granted a patent for a method and system for additive manufacturing. The technology involves inputting a boundary shape and desired mechanical properties, filling work cells with lattices from a database based on mechanical properties, and producing objects from light-polymerizable resin. GlobalData’s report on Carbon gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Customizable additive manufacturing system for producing objects with desired properties

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Carbon Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11919240B2) discloses an additive manufacturing system designed for producing objects using light-polymerizable resin. The system includes an additive manufacturing apparatus, a processor, and a memory with instructions for controlling the apparatus. The operations involve receiving a boundary shape and desired mechanical properties for the object, subdividing the shape into work cells, selecting lattices from a database based on mechanical properties, filling the work cells with compatible lattices, and finally producing the object through additive manufacturing.

Furthermore, the system includes steps for confirming the mechanical properties of the filled boundary shape, repeating the selection process if needed, and conducting a manufacturing process simulation for manufacturability. The system can produce objects with varying properties such as rigid, flexible, or elastic, and includes features for morphing surface boundaries for a smoother finish. Additionally, a computer program product is detailed in the patent, offering a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium with software code sections for carrying out the additive manufacturing operations, confirming mechanical properties, and conducting manufacturing process simulations, among other functionalities. The program product aims to streamline the additive manufacturing process for creating objects with specific mechanical properties efficiently.

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