One solid method to stay ahead of the competition is to increase options for your customers. Last May, Rapid Ready covered the launch of 3D Systems’ ProJet 3500 line, and now the company is offering eight new additive manufacturing (AM) systems to the line. The majority of the new systems offer specific build areas and resolutions, effectively breaking down the high-end 3500 systems for exact needs.
The ProJet 3500 line falls under what we call professional 3D printers, meaning they are tools for companies that require a greater amount of precision, or a wider range of materials, than is offered by desktop printers. The new ProJet additions are the 3510 HD and HDPlus, 3510 SD, 3510 CP, 3510 CPX and CPXPlus, 3510 DP, and the 3510 MP.
Rather than spew a torrent of build envelopes and resolutions, I’m going to use the 3500 HDMax and its 3510 brethren as an example of how the new AM systems are broken down. In essence, the 3500 HDMax can perform all of the tasks offered by the three 3510 systems, while each 3510 system is only capable of select builds. You can find more specific information about the CP, CPX and CPXPlus here (.pdf).
The 3510 HD, HDPlus and SD all share the same 11.75 x 7.3 x 8 in. (298 x 185 x 203 mm) build envelope as the ProJet 3500 HDMax in the standard resolution of 375 x 375 x 790 DPI, with 32μ layers. At the UHD resolution mode, resolution of 750 x 750 x 890 DPI, with 29μ layers, the build envelope drops to 5 x 7 x 6 in. (127 x 178 x 152 mm) for the HD and HDPlus. This level of resolution isn’t available for the SD. At the XHD print mode, the HDPlus (and only the HDPlus) offers a resolution of 750 x 750 x 1600 DPI with 16μ layers.
The ProJet 3510 DP and MP are aimed toward the dental industry. According to 3D Systems, the MP is designed to build, “dental models including crown and bridge, orthodontic and partial denture models as well as drill guides and jaw models.” The DP, meanwhile, manufactures dental wax-ups.
The DP has a maximum build envelope of 11.75 x 7.3 x 8 in. (298 x 185 x 203 mm) at a resolution of 375 x 375 x 790 DPI with 32μ layers. In UHD mode, the system offers a build envelope of 8 x 7 x 6 in. (203 x 178 x 152 mm) at a resolution of 750 x 750 x 890 DPI with 29μ layers. The MP has a build envelope of 11.75 x 7.3 x 8 in. (298 x 185 x 203 mm) at a resolution of 375 x 375 x 790 DPI with 32μ layers.
In case you missed it, below you’ll find the launch video for the ProJet 3500 series.
Source: 3D Systems