Ember Availability Update

Posted by Owen Smithyman on Apr 7, 2017 2:21:21 PM

To our valued Ember customers:

We wanted you to know that we are no longer manufacturing Ember printers. However, our commitment to customer support and consumables for your printers will continue, and we encourage all Ember customers to continue pushing the boundaries of DLP printing using Ember's open-source platform.

We have transitioned the sales of all Ember consumables, including resins, trays, and build heads, to Colorado Photopolymer Solutions. CPS has been our trusted partner for the last several years in developing new resins. They have a deep materials knowledge and the ability to manufacture resins on demand, plus the ability to create custom resins for users with specific requirements.

We are also excited to announce that CPS will be selling an investment casting resin that they developed in partnership with us. This resin burns out very cleanly and produces excellent detail in printed parts. It is formulated to be exceptionally gentle on PDMS, which means that your trays will last much longer than with other casting resins. We hope you enjoy using it. CPS will also be selling a second casting resin that they developed themselves, as well as a few other new resins with various elastomeric properties.

The Ember team is still here… in fact, we are now focused more than ever on new research to advance the 3D printing industry. We hope you will join the new Ember Research Hub where we will continue to provide support and drive conversations across the community relating to DLP printing technology. CPS will also be active on the forum to answer questions and join the discussion.

If you need help that the forum can’t supply, support will continue to be available here.

Print Studio is being succeeded by Netfabb, which has the same capabilities, plus much more. We have stopped development and support for Print Studio, but it will remain available for download. If you’d like to try Netfabb, here’s a video to get you started.

In 2014, our goal in launching the Ember printer was to demonstrate the power of an open and connected system with software, hardware, and materials all developed together in hopes of advancing the industry in a significant way. In keeping with that open approach, Ember’s firmware and firmware design files – as well as our resin formulas – were all made available as open source to encourage community experimentation and advancements. We inspired new companies to develop materials for SLA/DLP printing that may not have been possible before. We worked beside several of you to develop new, efficient 3D printing network production processes. We demonstrated how print speed can be impacted with a connected system and how it is possible to achieve sub-pixel resolution. We hope that all of this research is valuable to you in continuing to innovate in the DLP printing space.

Thank you for being such incredible customers! We hope you will join the conversation on the Ember Research Hub and be part of advancing the industry.

Regards,

The Ember Team

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