Chemistry professor Joe DeSimone is currently on leave from UNC to act as CEO at the company he co-founded, Carbon. Carbon uses Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology that DeSimone helped create to improve 3-D printing. This innovation led to a partnership with Adidas, announced April 7, to create its new “Futurecraft 4D” running shoes.
Staff writer Lorcan Farrell talked with DeSimone about CLIP technology and Carbon’s work.
The Daily Tar Heel: What is CLIP technology?
Joe DeSimone: It’s a new approach to 3-D printing. We began looking at 3-D printing technology and I think it’s fair to say that it looked like 2-D printing over and over again. We were interested in a new way that actually grew parts continuously in order to alleviate many of the drawbacks to 3-D printing — how slow it was. The layers give rise to properties that affect the orientation and the lack of material properties. Those three things get solved by this approach.
DTH: How does it solve those problems?