3D Printing

3D print anything you can imagine!

The 3D Printer

Our printer portfolio is currently consisted of the ProJet® 660Pro Professional 3D Printer. The printer is currently the only large format full-color printing with premium-quality CMYK color. The main characteristics of our printer are:

  • Economic Printing: Printouts using the technology of the ProJet 660 costs 1/3 to 1/5 less than other technologies.
  • Fast Speed: With speed 5 to 10 times faster than other 3D printing technologies, the ProJet® 660Pro has a Vertical print speeds up to 28mm (1.1 inches) per hour
  • Large Build Size:Net Build Area of 254 x 381 x 203 mm (10 x 15 x 8 inches)
  • Environment Friendly: Automatic material recycling for ultimate low waste cost efficient operation
  • Premium Colour: It is the only full colour 3D Printer with a full palette of colours achieving the highest resolution with an ability to print 90% of the colours available in Adobe® Photoshop®

The ProJet® 660Pro Professional is the workhorse for high volume full-color 3D printing. Its most versatile; ideal for stop motion animation, professional model shops, consumer product design and development, digital manufacturing, fine art production and more.

The Technology

The first industrial revolution began in Britain in the late 18th century, with the mechanisation of the textile industry. Tasks previously done laboriously by hand in hundreds of weavers` cottages were brought together in a single cotton mill, and the factory was born. The second industrial revolution came in the early 20th century, when Henry Ford mastered the moving assembly line and ushered in the age of mass production. The first two industrial revolutions made people richer and more urban. Now a third revolution is under way.

Manufacturing is going digital and, this could change not just business, but much else besides. Additive manufacturing or 3D printing is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model. 3D printing is achieved using an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes.

3D printing is considered distinct from traditional machining techniques, which mostly rely on the removal of material by methods such as cutting or drilling (subtractive processes). A materials printer usually performs 3D printing processes using digital technology. The technology is used for both prototyping and distributed manufacturing in jewelry, footwear, industrial design, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), automotive, aerospace, dental and medical industries, education, geographic information systems, civil engineering, and many other fields.

Sectors

Archeology
Architecture
Entertainment Retail
Mechanical Design

Archeology / Heritage Preservation

Every archaeological site contains a wealth of information about the past, and context is key. A knife found by a stone hearth tells a different story than one alongside a human skeleton. Unfortunately, excavating the site to reveal the story also destroys it. Detailed records are the only way archaeologists can keep archaeology from erasing the past rather than preserving it.

There have been some compelling breakthroughs related to 3d printing in the areas of antiquities and historic preservation that are worth considering. Today, 3D scanning and digital modelling combined with 3D printing technologies help archaeologists to document and preserve the information found in a site.

Historians can now input the original designs either by 3D scanning or direct 3D modelling into computers and control design with CAD software, and using 3D printers, the historic sites, buildings, statues, artefacts and any kind of 3dimensional objects can be recreated piece-by-piece and layer-by-layer using the process of additive manufacturing. Because the technology can use a variety of colours and textures, specific samples of the kinds of stone can be replicated exactly. Historic Greek cities like Rhodes, Heraklion, Athens etc. with a large amounts of archaeological, and heritage assets are potential sites for preserving or recreating historic sites and artefacts.

Museums and other academic institutions also benefit. The technology offers easier repair and conservation techniques for damaged antiquities. Exact replicas could also be shown in place of artefacts too brittle to keep on permanent display. Smaller replicated objects like arrowheads or other archaic tools could be available to public schools at a lower price, or could be printed on site using desktop printers, which shows a widespread educational benefit to the technology.

Architecture / Engineering / Construction (AEC)

The ProJet® 660Pro makes 3D printing accessible to everyone in the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) world. The printer produces pure white and color physical models quickly, easily and inexpensively from 3D CAD, BIM and other digital data. The most successful AEC firms, large and small, have adopted 3D printing as a critical part of the schematic design, design development and project delivery process to:

  • Increase innovation
  • Improve communication
  • Speed time to construction
  • Reduce costs
  • Win business

Entertainment / Retail

Electronic games, animation applications and consumer software are generating vast amounts of 3D data in the form of avatars, characters and other imaginative creations. The unique color capabilities of the ProJet® 660Pro printer provides major movie animators, 3D software developers, service bureaus, and consumers with the ability to produce custom avatars, characters, figurines, and other creations with ease.

Advantages:

  • Full, 24-bit color - eliminates need for tedious and time consuming painting
  • High speed for volume production (5X-10X faster than any other technology)
  • Lowest cost per model
  • Far more accurate than manually created avatars

Mechanical Design / Rapid Prototyping

Leading product designers use our prototyping machine to accelerate the design process and bring products to market sooner. Applications include:

Concept Models - Get early design feedback, improve communication, and test ergonomics. The ProJet® 660Pro Professional 3D Printer is capable of creating early stage concept models of any complexity directly from digital data, quickly and inexpensively. A typical part can be printed in a few hours. Concept models are a critical part of the design process in every industry from automotive and footwear to aerospace.

  • Communicate Internally - The ProJet® 660Pro enables design teams to efficiently iterate on product concepts early in the design process, enabling multiple renditions to be visualized and critiqued by a variety of functional teams within an organization.
  • Perform Iterative Design - Quick, inexpensive models make it possible to print multiple pieces during the course of a project and use the models not only to present, but also as part of the creative process.
  • Communicate with Clients - Functional appearance prototypes are useful in solving problems and obtaining agreement on a design direction.
  • Communicate Across Distances - ProJet® 660Pro models can be sent to key contributors, providing more concrete data than a screen shot or paper printout.
  • Identify Problems Early - ProJet® 660Pro models provide a fast and efficient way to identify issues and challenges with a design very early in the process.
  • Achieve Consensus on a Design - A physical model allows members of the design team to fully understand the pros and cons of design concepts, making the consensus process easier.
  • Perform Ergonomic Testing - Quick and inexpensive concept models allow designers to test the ergonomics of the design and conduct shape studies in the industrial design process.

Functional Testing - Verify designs for form, fit and function prior to full-scale production; plus reduce costly modifications to production tooling. The ProJet® 660Pro prototyping system enable you to verify designs for form, fit and function prior to full-scale production; reduce costly modifications to production tooling; and accelerate time to market. The ProJet® 660Pro inkjet 3D printer produces accurate prototypes faster and at lower cost than any other system.

Verify Designs at Every Iteration

  • Verify fit in component assemblies
  • Test mechanical performance
  • Produce functional parts for tuning system performance
  • Evaluate ergonomics & aesthetics
  • Conduct wind tunnel tests

Reduce Errors

  • Eliminate costly modifications to production tooling
  • Verify manufacturability

Complete Designs on Time

  • Build prototypes in house
  • Iterate quickly
  • Improve cross-departmental communication, secure approvals

Finite Element Analysis - Produce prototypes displaying colour finite element analysis data right on the part. Improve collaboration among project teams, and identify design flaws earlier. The ProJet® 660Pro can be used to output finite element analysis data in full color. The parts are used to enhance communication among project teams and aid in the discovery of design flaws early in the design cycle.

Challenge

  • Clear communication between designers and manufacturers is crucial during the design process, because the discovery of design flaws early in the process prevents unexpected costs and delays. In a product design process, it is crucial that everyone on the team fully understands the design and is able to provide valuable feedback. The ProJet® 660Pro dramatically improves communication within the design process.

Solution

  • Communicate with Customers - ProJet® 660Pro is capable of creating appearance prototypes directly from digital data, quickly and inexpensively. Full color models representing FEA output allow engineers to communicate concept designs to the customer.
  • Communicate Across Distances - ProJet® 660Pro models can be sent to key contributors, providing more concrete data than a screen shot or paper printout.
  • Identify Problems Early - ProJet® 660Pro models provide a fast and efficient way to identify issues and challenges with a design very early in the process.
  • Achieve Consensus on a Design - A physical model allows members of the design team to fully understand the pros and cons of design concepts, making the consensus process easier.
  • Print Full Color Parts - The ProJet® 660Pro is the only 3D printer capable of outputting FEA data because of its unique ability to create full-color parts quickly and inexpensively.

Presentation Models - Communicate clearly with peers and clients, and perform focus group testing. Manufacturing companies face the challenge of staying ahead of the competition by delivering innovative products to market quickly. The race to maintain shelf space in major stores requires companies to develop a rapid response to competitive threats. Therefore, collecting valuable market feedback is a crucial step in the design cycle.

Applications

  • Focus group testing
  • Mock-ups for design review
  • Assembly with manufactured parts for a complete prototype
  • Sales demonstration models

Parts can be finished in a variety of ways to yield high quality surfaces. Paint and decals can be added to produce exact replicas of production models used to solicit market feedback.

The Material

Materials

Our proJet 660 printer, offers several powder/binder/infiltrant systems to satisfy varying needs. These include high-performance composites for printing strong, high-definition parts.

For additional flexibility, models printed with our materials can be sanded, drilled, tapped, painted and electroplated.

The proJet 660 pro uses high-performance Composite (plaster-based powder) that enables production of high definition parts with full 24-bit color support and minimum layer thickness of 0.1mm.

The premium composite for the ProJet 660 product line, VisiJet PXL delivers the best of everything:

  • Toughest parts
  • Best resolution
  • Whitest whites
  • Excellent color accuracy
  • Low cost per printed part

VisiJet PXL offers a range of finishing options to meet your needs, from infiltrating parts with resin for ultra-strong functional prototypes to simply spraying water on parts to create concept models quickly, safely, and very affordably.  This material is ideal for a range of AEC, industrial MCAD and education applications.