This past week 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD), a global leader in the area of 3D printer manufacturing and related technologies, shown bright at Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo in New York City. The company was there showcasing its latest tech, including the world’s first and only 4-color plastic 3D printer. The company was also showcasing its fab-grade multi-materials 3D printer as well as its direct metal 3D printer, all capable of printing fully functional parts and assemblies and available for immediate purchase. The 3D conference ran from 2-4 April 2014.
At the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo 3D Systems’ CEO Avi Reichental delivered the opening keynote to discuss how 3D printing is transforming and localizing manufacturing, highlighting key trends and sharing advanced manufacturing initiatives.
“We brought to Inside 3D Printing NYC the most powerful set of 3D professional design, manufacturing and consumer products available today, to help attendees understand, embrace, and most importantly, position themselves to take advantage of the abundant opportunities ahead,” said Cathy Lewis, CMO, 3DS. “The exponential performance gains we are delivering, together with new categories such as metals, edibles and ceramics, coupled with performance materials, full-color plastic printing and new physical photography devices, positions our 3DPRINTING 2.0 offering at the heart of the 3D printing growth opportunity.”
Direct metal printers for manufacture are a reality today with 3D Systems’ ProX™ 300, the only industrial-grade direct metal platform especially designed for demanding factory floor conditions. With it users can print-out manufactured parts.
The company is also touting its industry first 4-color plastic 3D printer, the ProJet 4500 3D. It produces ready to use, vibrant and durable and flexible plastic parts in a range of colors with superior surface finish. The ProJet 1200 is the new economical way to print out small, precise, detail-rich parts and castings ideal for the jewelry, electronic components and dental wax-ups. It has a footprint smaller than a coffee maker and uses an all-in-one cartridge and curing cell. That printer is 4,900.USD.
The company was also showing its ChefJet™ sugar and chocolate 3D printer, a countertop model that comes in two versions, both are NSF and UL certified to produce editable 3D printed candies and decor. These printers ship with 3DS’s CJP technology and chef-friendly Digital Cookbook software to help create intricate candies and sweets with a variety of flavor options. This printer is expected to hit the market in the second half of 2014.
3D Systems was of course also showing its popular CubeJet and CubePro lines of affordable and professional 3D printers. Priced at under 5,000.USD the CubeJet does full-color high-resolution parts for a wide range of modeling and real-use products. The Cube 3 come with Windows and Mac software that is easy to use and can print 6 x 6 x 6 inches in up to 23 colors in ABS and PLA plastics.
To learn more about all of these printers visit, www.3dsystems.com