More than a few eyebrows were raised when 3D Systems (3DS) first embarked on its growth through acquisitions strategy. A number of industry insiders wondered (privately) if the company would be able to successfully incorporate all the businesses the company had been picking up under one umbrella and make them work together. Time has shown the strategy to be sound with 3DS taking a lead position in additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing related properties.
Not even the speculation surrounding HP’s stated intent to enter the AM field has been able to dent 3DS’ push to promote itself as the top AM company, and its announcement of its plans for the Inside 3D Printing NYC Conference showcases its drive. 3DS calls its agenda “3D Printing 2.0,” and it includes the announcement of its newest AM system, the ProJet 1200, along with its full lineup of 2014 3D printers.
“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.”
The ProJet 1200 is a professional desktop stereolithography 3D printer. One can’t help but to think 3DS was inspired by Formlabs when looking at the system. The ProJet 1200 has a 43 x 27 x 180mm (1.69 x 1.06 x 7.08 in.) build envelope, with a vertical build speed of 14 mm/hour (0.55 in/hour).
The new system offers builds with 30 micron layers at a 585 dpi resolution. The ProJet 1200 is priced at $4,900, which is a bit pricier than the FORM 1.
3DS also announced production of the CeraJet AM system. This new product builds ceramic objects that can then be fired and glazed. Added to the ChefJet food 3D printer, the CeraJet shows 3DS’ dedication to having a finger in as many different pieces of the AM pie as is possible. Other related products on display at the show include the Touch, a haptic-based 3D mouse built specifically to assist 3D design, and the upcoming 3D scanners: Sense and iSense.
Below you’ll find a video for the ProJet 1200.
Source: 3D Systems