Korea’s First Developer & Manufacturer of DLP 3D Printers

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In 2022, Carima Co., Ltd. is planning to commercialize the C-CAT and activate e-commerce to increase sales of the material line-up including Non-toxic CMYK resin.

[INQ. NO. 2202C14] Carima Co.,Ltd., as Korea’s first developer and manufacturer of photopolymerization 3D printers, supplies desktop and industrial 3D printers with many different sizes from small to large, to meet the needs of customers in various fields such as digital dentistry, jewelry, ceramics, aerospace, automotive, parts/machinery industry, education, and R&D.
We met the CEO of Carima, Lee Byung-keuk, to listen to what he had to say about the overall growth of the company including the further goals for this year.

Korea’s First Developer & Manufacturer of DLP 3D Printers

Please tell us more about your company, briefly?
Carima is a compound word of ‘Carry’ and ‘Imagination’, which means to turn imagination into reality. Since our establishment in 2000, with the goal of becoming a wizard of 3D printing solutions, we have been devoted to continuous investment and R&D to realize more advanced 3D printing technology.
As Korea’s first developer and manufacturer of photopolymerization 3D printers, we supply desktop and industrial 3D printers with many different sizes from small to large, to meet the needs of customers in various fields such as digital dentistry, jewelry, ceramic, aerospace, automotive, parts/machinery industry, education, and R&D.
Now we are supplying our printers to clients in 20 countries globally, including the United States, Germany, Japan, and Russia; and we are working closely with several major global chemical companies to develop the best photopolymer materials.
In addition, based on the commercialization of the C-CAT, and the development of large-scale industrial 3D printers capable of producing tens of liters of volume per hour, we will solve the problem of slow productivity, which has been considered a long-term challenge for the 3D printing industry.

Korea’s First Developer & Manufacturer of DLP 3D Printers


What items are you mainly exporting?
We export 3D printers from small to large-scale and 24 kinds of materials, UV curing machines to the dental, jewelry, machinery/parts industries worldwide.
As a major export product, the perfect desktop 3D printer optimized for digital dentistry, IMD, is being continuously supplied to dental markets such as Germany, Japan, and Turkey.
High-precision and fastest printing speed are the main features, so digital dentistry that require precision is highly satisfied with IMD.
In addition, in the case of IMC, 3D printer optimized for ceramic materials, a resin heating system is utilized and build sizes can be customized upon request, and is used in a variety of applications as well as ceramic materials.
More than 50 units are supplied annually by ODM to the U.S. ceramics market, and in cooperation with ceramic material developers, even the most difficult types of outputs such as Alumina and Zirconia are successfully printed and used.
Furthermore, DM4K and DM400, industrial 3D printers that provide mass customization, are supplied to companies that are planning to apply the 3D printing technology to their existing production.
DM4K has been supplied to the German major global chemical company ‘E’ and being used for R&D purposes of new materials.
And five units of DM400, top-down industrial 3D printer were sold to the federal institutions and a major mattress manufacturer in the U.S, and they are being used for the mass customization of end-use parts.
As well as 3D printers, Curing machines and 24 kinds of materials including self-developed Non-toxic CMYK resin — are playing a key role in continuing sales as profi table products.

Korea’s First Developer & Manufacturer of DLP 3D Printers

In what export markets are you currently intensively engaged and what potential markets do you want to further explore in the future?
As I mentioned, we are currently exporting to over 20 countries including the USA, Germany, the Netherlands, and Russia.
We aim to enter the 3D printer market for the dental/ jewelry/ parts machinery industry in Africa and the Middle East in the future.
Furthermore, we are discovering new distributors to expand our large-scale industrial 3D printer supply business in the U.S market.
Please explain your company’s growth goals for this year?
In 2022, we are planning to commercialize the C-CAT and activate e-commerce to increase sales of the material line-up including Non-toxic CMYK resin.
We are sett ing up global e-Commerce channels like Amazon so that customers can easily order and use our materials everywhere in the world.
Due to the seriousness of the occurrence of hazardous substances in 3D printing materials, which were mainly used in the 3D printing education field, safety of materials such as non-toxic, odorless, and non-irritant, is important, so we expect to see a lot of non-toxic CMYK resin sales.
In addition, we aim to commercialize C-CAT by the end of 2022.

Korea’s First Developer & Manufacturer of DLP 3D Printers

Finally, are there any further messages for your global potential business partners?
We have researched and developed 3D printing technology for over 20 years since establishment. Based on our know-how, we off er our customers high-quality 3D printers at reasonable prices.
We are recognized as a very good manufacturer in the global 3D printer market as verified annually in Wohler’s Report, which is an AM, Additive manufacturing annual report.
Due to the aftermath of COVID-19, we experienced many difficulties in our sales activities for the past two years.

Korea’s First Developer & Manufacturer of DLP 3D Printers


We had almost no opportunities to see customers directly.That’s why we were unable to demonstrate and promote our products in front of them.
Nevertheless, through aggressive online marketing and participation in international exhibitions, we have been able to continue to make our presence known in the global 3D printer market, and to retain our position with the strategy that we secure 2nd or 3rd orders from our existing customers.
In addition, in the Formnext, the biggest global AM (Additive Manufacturing) exhibition held in Frankfurt, Germany, in November 2021, we successfully demonstrated C-CAT (Carima Continuous Additive Technology), the world’s fastest continuous AM technology. And many visitors were fascinated with that demonstration.

Korea’s First Developer & Manufacturer of DLP 3D Printers


The C-CAT is capable of 3D printing of 1cm per minute at a printing speed 20x faster than the existing DLP technology.
Therefore, it is possible to print up to 60cm per hour. We are planning to complete this by the end of the year with the goal of commercialization.
Moreover, DM400 is a top-down DLP 3D printer with dual 2K light engines. This high-definition doubles down on resolution and makes it possible to cover a large build area (400 x 330 x 500mm), so mass-customization is thus achievable.
It can also 3D print larger, heavier parts than small models with very low failure rates thanks to its top-down 3D printing. Excellent surface roughness and high precision are of course provided.

Korea’s First Developer & Manufacturer of DLP 3D Printers


Also, based on the printing for the Dental Model, it is 5x faster than industrial SLA 3D printers in the same build area. For that reason, reducing the cost of equipment and manpower is possible and one of the advantages of the DM400.
Additionally, as another alternative against DM400, we offer the DM4K, a medium-sized industrial 3D printer. And we also have IMC optimized for Ceramic materials and IMD optimized for digital dentistry as desktop models in our product lineup.
Based on our long-term experience and plentiful technical experience, we are committed to providing our clients with the best 3D printing solutions.

Carima Co., Ltd.


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