"The cutting edge products we are launching today provide enormous value to our design and manufacturing customers, leapfrogs competitors and extends our first mover advantage in certain key verticals," said Avi Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems. "The exponential speed, size and capacity gains we are delivering together with advanced material options and new scan-to-design and inspection tools, defines the very essence of 3DPRINTING 2.0 and accelerates our customers' ability to manufacture the future."
3D Systems refers to the ProJet® 4500 3D printer as the first and only continuous tone full-color plastic 3D printer available today. It delivers ready-to-use vibrant, full-color durable plastic parts straight out of the printer for a wide range of modeling, functional prototyping and real-use products. Output requires no supports, post-processing or painting. The ProJet 4500 builds with a new class of sustainable VisiJet® C4 Spectrum materials. This revolutionary printer delivers both flexible and strong parts, pixel by pixel, straight out of the printer, in high resolution CMY (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow) color with a superior surface finish.
The ProJet® 5500X is billed as a ground breaking multi-material 3D printer that delivers the highest quality, most accurate and toughest multi-material composites. Using a new VisiJet material family, it simultaneously prints and fuses together flexible and rigid material composites layer by layer at the pixel level in a variety of colors and shades including opaque, clear, black or white and numerous shades of gray. 3D Systems' printed multi-material composites result in stunningly realistic, functional, large and small prototypes and products for a wide range of manufacturers, designers and engineers.
The ProX™ 950 SLA® 3D printer is a massive stereolithography machine with a build envelope of 1500 x 750 x 550 mm (4.9 x 2.5 x 1.8 feet). The company says it is the largest-format, highest-speed, greatest accuracy and greenest 3D printer available today. The ProX™ 950 is equipped with 3D Systems' newest PolyRay™ print head technology that can manufacture real parts at up to 10 times the speed of other 3D printers, drawing on the widest choice of proven high-performance engineered materials that are qualified for the most demanding aerospace, medical device and industrial use-cases.
The ProX™ 500 SLS® is a Selective Laser Sintering printer 3D Systems says delivers superior parts with greater precision, durability and quality in a compact production-grade system that is easy to own and economical to use. Designed for the manufacturing floor, the ProX 500 produces ready-to-use functional parts and complete assemblies for a variety of aerospace, automotive, patient specific medical devices, fashion products and mobile devices. The ProX 500 reliably delivers parts with exceptional mechanical properties at production rates that are 7 times faster than comparable technologies. It was developed in tandem with the revolutionary new DuraForm® ProX material to produce smoother wall surfaces and injection molding-like part quality.
3D Systems touts the ProX 300 direct metal printer as the only industrial grade direct metal platform that was specifically designed for the most demanding manufacturing floor conditions, delivering high density, metal printed parts from a large choice of materials and to very accurate precision. The ProX 300 is the company's largest Direct Metal Sintering printer, offering a 250 x 250 x 300 mm (9.8 x 9.8 11.8 inches) build envelope. It is the first Phenix system to be rebranded as part of 3D Systems' rapidly expanding DMS 3D printers family. Rebranded ProX 100 and ProX 200 DMS 3D printers are also beginning to ship.
The ProJet® 1200 is 3D Systems' new micro-SLA printer. Priced at only $4,900, they say it is ideal for small, precise, detail-rich parts and casting patterns, such as jewelry, electronic components and dental wax-ups. Its build area is 43 x 27 x 180 mm (1.69 x 1.06 x 7.08 inches). With a footprint smaller than a coffee maker, all-in-one cartridge and integrated curing cell, it is economical to own, safe to operate and simple to use. 3D Systems has created the new VisiJet® FTX Green for this printer, which burns out cleanly and produces ash-free castings. The company is immediately accepting pre-orders and plans to commence commercial shipments during the first quarter of 2014.
Geomagic Capture is a scan-based design and inspection solution (scanner and software) ranging in price from $14,900 to $24,900. It is available in packages for SolidWorks, SpaceClaim, Design X and Design Direct. The company is also launching Geomagic Print, a universal print driver that makes 3D files from virtually any source instantly printable on 3D Systems' ProJet & ProX printers. It can automatically set up supports, nest multiple parts into a single job and ensure ideal settings for optimal true-to-CAD print results. It will begin shipping immediately with the new ProJet 5500X and will be available across the entire portfolio during the first half of 2014.
3D Systems has also announced the acquisition of Figulo Corporation, a provider of production and consumer-grade 3D printed ceramics. The company plans to immediately integrate Figulo's 3D printed ceramics into its Cubify ecosystem and its professional cloud printing service, Quickparts, and to fast track the commercialization of its own family of end-user ceramic 3D printers for home décor labels, pottery shops, artists and hobbyists.
"I couldn’t think of a better home for Figulo than 3DS," said Andrew Jeffery, President and CEO, Figulo Corporation. "This is a dream combination of 3D Systems' powerful CJP full color technology with Figulo's extensive ceramic materials and process know-how to accelerate online and at home adoption, and to unleash the full potential of professional and consumer ceramic 3D printing."
Figulo has a cloud-based model for manufacturing ceramic objects using 3D printing based on 3D Systems' ColorJet Printing (CJP) technology. Customers range from consumers and makers to artists, designers and architects.
"With Figulo on board, we are enhancing both our Cubify and Quickparts capabilities and significantly expanding our materials and process expertise and know-how to fast track the commercialization of ceramic 3D printers," said Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3D Systems. "Ceramic 3D printing creates a unique experience for this time honored art form and is sure to induce a new breed of artists, designers and major décor labels to incorporate 3D printing into their professional toolbox while consumers enjoy the next dimension of décor and art."