Dec.2, 2013

We just mentioned 3D System's new continuous-tone, full-color ProJet 4500 3D printer, but today the company has also released another 3D printer called the ProJet 5500X. The ProJet 5500X is not a full-color printer but a multi-material 3D printer based on its latest MultiJet Printing (MJP) technology.

MultiJet 3D Printers (MJP) print thin layers of UV-curable liquid plastic onto a flat platform, using wax to create supports that brace the part during production. UV lamps cure each layer, and the build platform lowers for the next layer. This process continues layer by layer until the part is complete.

The device simultaneously prints and fuses together flexible and rigid material composites, in a variety of colors and shades including opaque, clear, black or white and numerous shades of gray. 3D Systems says that the ProJet 5500X is able to deliver the toughest multi-material composites.

The ProJet 5500X features fast print speeds, a large build volume, and convenient print-to-part process. 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. The printer is capable of printing parts up to half a meter long, or more parts per print job, says the company.

Using the new VisiJet Composite materials, the ProJet 5500X offers hundreds of material variations in a single print to match your specifications.

Features and specifications:

  • Net Build Volume (xyz): 21 x 15 x 11.8 in (533 x 381 x 300 mm)
  • Resolution (xyz): 375 x 375 x 790 DPI; 32μ (0.0012 in) layers /HD Mode; 750 x 750 x 890 DPI; 29μ (0.0011 in) layers /UHD Mode
  • Material Packaging Build materials in clean 2.0 kg cartridges and support, material in clean 1.75 kg cartridges (printer holds 4 build and 4 support cartridges with auto-switching)
  • Electrical 115-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, single-phase, 1200 W
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 80 x 48 x 78 in (2032 x 1219 x 1981 mm)
  • Weight: 2550 lbs (1157 kg)
  • ProJet Accelerator Software
  • Network Compatibility: Network ready with 10/100 Ethernet interface
  • Input Data File Formats Supported: STL, CTL
  • Operating Temperature Range 18 - 28 °C (64-82 °F)
  • Noise < 65 dBa estimated (at medium fan setting)
  • Certification CE

Pricing on the 5500X printer is unknown.


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