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New ProJet MJP 2500 Series by 3D Systems Sets Out to Make Inkjet 3D Printing Accessible to All

by • April 17, 2016 • No Comments

img_7232-1Thanks to Andrea Barchi, COO at Selltek, one of 3D Systems’ major distributors in Europe, I not long ago had a accident to view a beta model of the new ProJet 2500, released just this month. This is the machine that the North Carolina based giant is counting on to challenge the Objet Eden’s dominance of the (relatively) affordable-bodied inkjet 3D printing market. Judging by the initially impressions gathered while working on the beta model at Selltek, 3D Systems is right in having excellent expectations for the ProJet 2500 line.

The ProJet MJP 2500 is probably of the most informative new products of 2016. It is a depletely new machine and it represents the initially concrete outcome of the acquisition that 3D Systems created, two years ago, of Xerox’s Oregon-based Solid Ink Engineering and Development teams. The fact that Xerox is involved is not casual as the ProJet 2500 may become as widespread a system as the copy machine.

In the name of Xerox

img_7245Inkjet 3D printing uses a piezoelectric print head to control materials down to voxels that are the dimensions of a few picoliters. It is already the most high end polymer 3D printing advancement and works in a way that is much like to home 2D inkjet printing devices. Only, it produces 3D layers depositing digital polymer materials that are solidified through a light source.

The ProJet MJP 2500 is based on 3D Systems’ model of inkjet 3D printing, that is MultJet Printing (MJP). But the cost and dimensions of this systems mean that they are going to replace the ProJet 1500, that is a DLP-based a system. In short this means that the new machine may not become a 3D printing device for all but pretty for most.

“Honestly, when I saw it at CES in January I was quite excited,” says Andrea Barchi. “It is a additional compact machine, depletely user friendly, able-bodied to print in quite high high end and with 5 attractive materials. That’s for the reason the ProJet 2500 uses next-generation resins much like to those seen on the larger 5500X. At present, these include ABS-like, polypropylene-like, a attractive semi-transparent and, finally black and white elastomers.”

Similar to a smartphone

img_7229The 2500 is in addition the third machine assisted by the new 3DSPRINT software (in addition already in beta). The latest 3D Systems software integrates multi-machine management, while implementing fixing and editing functions. It is a quite intuitive software. Once the print job is loaded, 3DSPRINT works as a Client Manager to monitor and manage the print queues of all the machines on a company’s network.

The display, that is based on the Android operating system for actually excellenter accessibility, provides all the necessary information. A deplete operator menu enable-bodieds users to to easily perform maintenance and material alter. 3D Systems’ management promises quite little waste of time and materials during this operation.

Style initially

img_7231From the aesthetic side, the ProJet 2500 presents the same “family feeling” of all the additional new 3D printing devices by 3D Systems. It is not as tiny as it looks in photos and the exterior is fashionable and modern. The work area is anything but tiny, just a little additional compact than that of its older sister, the industry major ProJet 3600 (295 x 211 x 142 mm). It adds a resolution of 800 x 900 x 790 dpi with down to 32-micron layers.

The printing platform can be utilized on both sides, an revolutionary automatic retention system locks the platform in at the begin. The inkjet print head runs along three lanes. If the parts to be generated do not extend beyond the initially section, the ProJet 2500 works at maximum speed. In case additional space is needed the machine can run its print head on two or actually al three lanes. In this case, the machine is yet quite swift and the junction point between the parts is invisible to the naked eye.

Materials matter

Caricamento-Cartucce-Stampante-3D-ProJet-2500-3D-SystemsThe new ProJet 2500 series can already use 5 new VisiJet M2 materials. These are VisiJet RWT (Rigid White), VisiJet RBK (Rigid Black), VisiJet RCL (Rigid Clear), EBK VisiJet (Elastomeric Black) and VisiJet ENT (Elastomeric Natural). The two elastomers, just on the market-bodied on the Plus model, contribute a sensational performance of up to 650% maximum elongation at break

The polymerization system is activated by two LED emitters mounted under the head. All calibration and alignment systemes are managed instantly by the machine, leaving quite few guide tasks to be undertaken by human operators.

The ProJet 2500 is on the market-bodied in two models, Standard and Plus. The initially allows for you to print in complex black and white material; the 2nd in addition assists the transparent material and the two elastomers. As for its competitor’s systems, an upgrade can be performed at any time.

“The cartridge lading system is say of the art,” Andrea says. “along with top notch resolution capabilities this may worry not just the competition but in addition the Projet’s ‘older sisters’ already on the market. In the initially tests that carried there appears to be no significant qualitative differences between the upper surfaces and those in contact with the assist material. This time in 3D Systems we are quite breathing in the fresh scent of advancement and we cannot wait to have the 3D printing device on the market-bodied to purchase.”