ColorJet Printing ( CJP )

ColorJet Printing (CJP) is an additive manufacturing technology which involves two major components – core and binder.  The Core™ material is spread in thin layers over the build platform with a roller.  After each layer is spread, colour binder is selectively jetted from inkjet print heads over the core layer, which causes the core to solidify. The build platform lowers with every subsequent layer which is spread and printed, resulting in a full-colour three-dimensional model.

CJP is perfect for creating full-colour concept models, architectural models and demonstration models

Whether printed with colour or in standard white, parts can be additionally clear coated to add a hard, smooth coating or wax coated to smooth out the surface finish


Concept, Architecture, Collectibles; Fast, Full Colour Models

3D Systems full colour 3D printers suit a wide variety of customer needs, from high school education through the most demanding commercial environments. Use colour to dramatically communicate design intent, and spend time generating ideas instead of learning to operate a 3D Printer. Right in your office or school environment.

ProJet® 260C
ProJet® 360
ProJet® 460Plus
ProJet® 660Pro
ProJet® 860Pro
ColorBond with Wax Coating

Excellent for demonstration models with full color printing


•    Wide range of colors
•    Quick production time

Instant ColorJet printing Quotes:
Upload your 3D CAD data, define your project specs and a custom quote is generated and presented, instantly.
Faster Time-to-Market:    
Standard Lead Time is 5-7 days.
Overnight Delivery:
Shipments are via FedEx Priority Overnight, unless otherwise specified.
Commitment to Service:
Dedicated Project Managers assisting from design to prototype to production.
Material Properties

Material Properties

Mechanical Properties Tensile Strength Tensile Modulus Tensile Elongation at Break Flexural Strength Flexural Modulus Hardness Izod Impact -Notched Heat Deflection Temp
Test Method ASTM D638 ASTM D638 ASTM D638 ASTM D790 ASTM D790 DIN 5305/2240 ASTM D256 ASTM D648
Units psi psi % psi psi Shore (ft-lb)/in °F
VisiJet PXL 2,031  N/A 0.2% 4,496  1,038,470  81D  N/A 233.6

Process Comparison Table

Process Comparison Table

Stereolithography (SLA) MultiJet Printing (MJP – ProJet) ColorJet Printing (CJP – ZPrint) Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) Plastic Jet Printing (PJP) QuickPlastic Cast Urethanes (Polys)
Applications Excellent for fit and form testing.

Ideal for trade show-quality parts via painting and texturing.

Best process for water resistant materials, not waterproof.

Excellent for High Res applications with complex geometries.

Smooth surface with good impact strength.

Comparable to SLA.

Excellent for demonstration models with full color printing.

Stiff with good impact strength.

Ideal for durable, functional parts with a variety of applications.

Capable of producing snap fits and living hinges.

Heat and chemically resistant.

Ideal for Conceptual models, Engineering models, and Functional testing prototypes.

Good choice for high-heat applications as melting temperature is around 280°F.

Ideal for < 100 marketing samples.

Production-like attributes (surface finish, color, accuracy & material properties).

Instant Quoting Maximum Dimensions 25″ x 25″ x 21″ 11.75″ x 7.3″ x 8″ 10″ x 15″ x 8″ 28″ x 19″ x 19″ ABS: 23″ x 19″ x 23″
14″ x 16″ x 16″
25″ x 25″ x 21″
Machines Viper, SLA 7000 SLA 5000, iPro & Viper Pro ProJet HD 3000 Plus ProJet 460Plus and ProJet 660Pro Vanguard Si2 System, Sinterstation HiQ & Pro Vantage, Titan & Maxum RTV Tooling
Layer Thickness High-Resolution: 0.002″ – 0.004″
Standard Resolution: 0.005″ – 0.006″
Horizontal build layers down to 16 microns (0.0006 inches) 0.0035″–0.004″ Standard Resolution: 0.004″ Standard Resolution: 0.01″;
Minimum wall thickness is 0.02″
High-Resolution: 0.002″ – 0.004″
Standard Resolution: 0.005″ – 0.006″
Material Options ABS-Like White (Standard & High Res), ABS-Like Gray, ABS-Like Black, Rigid PC-Like (Standard & High Res), Durable PP-Like (Standard & High Res), Semi-Flexible, High-Impact ABS-Like, High-Temp ABS-Like, High-Temp PC-Like, Rigid, & Technician’s Choice Translucent Amber (EX200)
and Translucent Blue (HR200)
VisiJet PXL Nylon, Glass-Filled Nylon, Durable Nylon ABS, ABS-M30, ABSi, PC-ABS, ABS-M30i, PC-ISO, Ultem, PPSF & Polycarbonate ABS-Like, PE-Like, PP-Like, Lexan-Like, Glass Filled Nylon, High Strength, & Elastomer (25A, 32A, 42A, 50A, 60A, 70A, 80A, 90A), High Temp,
RC 79D MRI Transparent, UL94V0 PP-Like, & UL94V0 ABS-Like
Finish Options Strip & Ship, Standard, Primed, Painted, Nickel-plated Standard Finish Only Standard (Coated with ColorBond) Standard finish rougher than SLA due to base material being a powder. No special finishing due to toughness of material. Standard, Show-Quality, Light Pipe Finish, & Textures Available.
Lead Time Options Same Business Day Shipment, Next Business Day Shipment, # of Business Days from Order Date

Standard (5 -7 Days)

Standard (5 -7 Days)

Next-day shipment, Standard (3 – 5 days), Economy (8 – 10 days) Standard (3 – 5 days) Standard (6 – 9 days for first articles, Part production: 2 – 4 parts/day)
Recommended Minimum Feature Size

0.010″ – 0.015″

Standard Resolution:
0.025″ – 0.035″



0.030″ – 0.040″



Case Studies

Case Studies

For hundreds of years, the human cadaver has been a critical tool for medical teaching, but it’s been problematic for reasons as diverse as cost, transport, storage, spiritual…

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Delivering realistic models of architectural designs has always been a challenge. While 3D renderings and ‘fly-throughs’ can help a client understand the design’s beauty and…

A leading innovator for automotive, commercial, military and aerospace industries, Pratt & Miller has found uses for its ZPrinter® that enhance its end-results and improve…

In the sandstone cliffs circling the Valley of Bamiyan in central Afghanistan, two enormous, conspicuous niches stare out from the rock. They were once the homes of the Buddhas of…

By Brian McLean – If you’ve ever wondered how much work goes into creating a 3D animation production, the answer is “a lot, a lot” – especially if the work in question relies on…

The design department at Hankook Tire uses a ProJet 660 3D printer by 3D Systems as a key part of its concept design process. 3D printing technology has helped the design team…
3D Systems new Bespoke Modeling service, a cloud-based 3D medical modeling application, continues tobreak new ground in patient education and communication. Dr. Howard Goodman…
Landmark buildings, breathtaking bridges, efficient roadways and reliable public utilities serve as convincing testament to the Ramboll Group’s engineering vision. Communicating…
National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, a division of one of Russia’s largest universities, prides itself in helping young scientists develop their ideas into commercial…
ColorJet Printing helps vaccine research by providing physical full color representations of the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
The shoe is an ancient artifact, at least 9,000 years old. Not surprisingly, the industry around it is bound in tradition, partly because it’s hard to automate what is essentially…
  As powerful as Google Earth is, when you try to reach out and touch a location, your hand bumps up against the glass of a flat computer screen. You’re still in 2D.
  Spirax Sarco Inc., a firm that helps companies harness the power of steam, is now leveraging a second powerful technology 3D printing this time to improve its own business…
Trust System offers more flexibility to clients by using color 3D printing technology