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3D Systems Introduces Engineered Composite Materials 3D Printer

Published on December 3, 2013 at 7:09 AM

3D Systems today announced the immediate availability of its ProJet® 5500X, a ground-breaking engineered composite materials 3D printer that delivers the highest quality, most accurate and toughest multi-material composites based on its latest MultiJet Printing (MJP) technology.

The ProJet 5500X 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. 3DS' printed multi-material composites result in stunningly realistic, functional, large and small prototypes and products for a wide range of manufacturers, designers and engineers.

ProJet 5500X Multi-Material Composites 3D Printer

"Having unlimited options of engineered material properties within a single print is every designer's dream that when combined with the largest print volume in its class and true-to-CAD precision and fine detail makes the ProJet 5500X the clear choice," said Buddy Byrum, Vice President of Product and Channel Management, 3D Systems. "Designers and manufacturers alike are sure to discover new degrees of freedom and the reality of quick-turn production of functional multi-material assemblies, overmolded parts, rubber components, long-lasting living hinges and high-temp parts, all in one printer, all in a single print."

With its industrial-grade print head, the ProJet 5500X prints up to two times faster than any other printer in its class, and produces more than 60% larger volume than all other comparable systems, producing larger parts up to half a meter long, or more parts per print job.

The ProJet 5500X delivers fast composite material print speeds using breakthrough materials with properties that can be easily varied within a single part. This new VisiJet® composite family of materials is precisely mixed by the ProJet 5500X print head on the fly to achieve superior mechanical properties and custom performance characteristics, and comes with a 5-year print head warranty.

3DS invented MJP printers and was the first to commercialize it in 1996. Today its MJP printers are the company's best-selling category for the most demanding design-to-manufacturing applications for aerospace, automotive, jewelry, patient specific medical device and a variety of mechatronic and investment casting companies worldwide.

For more information on the ProJet 5500X go to http://www.3dsystems.com/3d-printers/professional/projet-5500x.

3DS is showing the ProJet 5500X and revealing a dozen new products that catapult its entire portfolio of design-to-manufacturing solutions forward at EuroMold 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany, December 3 – 6, 2013 at the Frankfurt Messe, hall 11, stand E68. The exponential speed, size and capacity gains delivered by these groundbreaking printers, advanced material options, and new scan-to-design and inspection tools defines the very essence of 3DPRINTING 2.0.

About 3D Systems Corporation

3D Systems is a leading provider of 3D content-to-print solutions including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced on-demand custom parts for professionals and consumers alike with materials including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. The company also provides integrated software and hardware tools including scan to CAD and inspection. Its expertly integrated solutions replace and complement traditional methods and reduce the time and cost of designing new products by printing real parts directly from digital input. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, prototype or produce real parts, empowering customers to manufacture the future.

Source: http://www.3dsystems.com/

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