Printing in Full-colour 3D using ColorJet 3D Printers (CJP)

This article was initially published in the June 2015 Issue of Graphic Arts Magazine.

In this first of several monthly features on 3D printing by Toronto’s Objex Unlimited 3D Print Studio, Brand Manager and Marketing Coordinator Matt Belo explores the fascinating world of 3D ColorJet Printing. These articles are initially written for a Graphics/2D Printing Audience.


ColorJet printing

ColorJet Printing (CJP) is an additive manufacturing process used to create full-colour, photo-realistic 3D models. The range of applications includes concept models, marketing materials, natural models (including humans, animals, geographic/nature images, 3D selfies, etc.), artistic projects and architectural designs, to name a few. These printers are the top choice to print 3D models with stunning realism.

Full Colour 3D Printed Selftrait

Full Colour 3D Printed Selftrait

Colour printing versus full-colour CJP

Many traditional colour 3D Printers operate using multiple print cartridges, each containing a single-colour material. With these printers, the number of cartridges your printer can utilize limits the number of colours in your print. In other words, if you have 5 colour cartridges, your model can contain only 5 different colours. With ColorJet printing, because the colours are mixed in the printer, you can get very complex colouring – including gradients, textures, patterns and skin tones. You can print in full CMYK, giving you millions of colours. The additional benefit is you can apply a ‘texture-map’ to your print, as opposed to breaking your design file into multiple sections and colouring each one manually. Basically, you’re taking a 2D picture and wrapping it around a 3D model. This is the only method to get photo-realistic coloured models.

 

The CJP process

ColorJet Printing Process

ColorJet Printing Process

The ColorJet Printing process involves two primary components: Core™ and Binder material. The Core material can either be a gypsum-based or plastic-based powder. For the first layer, the print bed starts at the highest position in the printer. A roller is used to spread a very thin layer of Core powder across the print bed. Once there is a thin layer powder across the print bed, the printer selectively jets coloured ‘Binder’ material in specific areas where the 3D model is being built to solidify the Core material. The different coloured Binder materials are mixed together to produce millions of colours – in the same way a 2D Printer combines ink. Once the Binder is applied, the process repeats, spreading across a new layer of Core material and using Binder to attach that material to the layer below. After several thousand layers (depending on the size of the model), the end result is a full-colour, three-dimensional model.

 

The finishing process

Due to the nature of the colour printing process, when your print is done you’ll have to extract the finished part from a bed of unused Core material powder. The benefit of this is that the models are self-supporting – the unused core material remains in the print bed supporting any overhangs within your print,

A part being sanded after coming off the ProJet 660Pro

A part being sanded after coming off the ProJet 660Pro

eliminating the need for any support material. In their unfinished state, the models are extremely fragile, therefore you must extract the part from the powder very carefully. Once you have extracted your part, you use air to blow away excess core material (which gets recycled back into the machine), sand your part to get a smooth finish, and then dip it in cyanoacrylate (superglue) to make it stronger.

 

File preparation

Your file needs to follow the general rules of a “Print-ready” 3D file. This means it needs to be completely closed (or watertight) and each of its edges needs to be shared with two polygons. Additionally, with ColorJet printing, it needs to be a certain thickness so that the model can actually support itself in the printer. To save on material costs, ColorJet models are generally hollowed. Most 3D printers use “.stl” files, but with CJP, you need to provide a colour 3D file – generally a .zpr or .wrl file. Anything else must be converted, along with a texture map file (usually .jpeg or other 2D formats) that contains all the complex colour data that will be applied to the 3D model. There is a bit of a learning curve to preparing these files, so I recommended you contact a ColorJet Printer operator to give you advice on preparing your files. Objex Unlimited is happy to share this type of information. Not to toot our own horn, but Objex Unlimited is known for producing some of the best colour models in the world.

3D Systems ProJet 660Pro

3D Systems ProJet 660Pro

ProJet 660Pro

While there are a range of 3D Printers in the ColorJet Printer line, the 660Pro is one of the printers that includes many key features – full CMYK colour, attached model finishing chamber, a faster-than-average print speed, and a larger-sized print bed. It’s also quite affordable when compared to other professional-level 3D printers. However, there is a full range of ColorJet Printers that make up the ProJet x60 series, from the more budget-friendly ProJet 260C, to the large-build area of the ProJet 860Pro. They also have the ProJet 4500, which can print CMY plastic powder, for a more robust model when accurate colour is less of a concern.

 

If you have any further questions on anything 3D related, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Or come visit the studio—at Objex Unlimited, the doors are always open.

 

Objex Unlimited 3D Printing Studio is a 3D solutions provider and 3D product reseller specializing in 3D Printing, 3D Scanning, 3D Design and 3D Services. We’re leading the 3D printing revolution to explore, develop, and commercialize new applications in 3D. Leveraging unparalleled expertise in 3D technologies, we work with you personally to find a product or solution that will save you time, effort, and money. We will bring your ideas and designs to life by creating working parts, beautiful full-colour models, and rapid prototypes.  Authorized resellers of 3D Systems, Artec, Markforged and LMI Technologies.


Matt BeloMatthew Belo is a Brand Manager and 3D Solution Specialist Working for Objex Unlimited Inc., Canada’s most diverse 3D Printing Solutions Provider. With a background in Marketing and Sales, Matthew has immersed himself in all things 3D. He focuses on looking for real opportunities that leverage 3D technologies while working to dispel myths and misconceptions associated with the equipment. Graduating from University of Waterloo, Matthew focused his studies on Rhetoric and Professional writing as well as Business and Marketing. Matt loves to discuss topics and issues related to Additive Manufacturing and will gladly answer questions, hear your opinions, and talk shop! He can be reached at matt@objexunlimited.com, or at 416-233-7165.

3D Systems Debuts Powerful New All-In-One Dental/Medical 3D Printer – ProJet 3510 DPPro

  • Production ready ProJet® 3510 DPPro prints high volume precision dental wax-ups, implant drill guides, orthodontic patterns, and crown and bridge models, for the widest range of medical uses
  • Experience this all-in-one 3D printer at the 31st annual LMT LAB DAY, the largest gathering of the national dental lab community

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Release Date:
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – 09:00

ROCK HILL, South Carolina, February 24, 2015 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today the immediate availability of its revolutionary all-in-one medical 3D printer, the ProJet 3510 DPPro, which the company plans to debut at LMT LAB DAY Chicago 2015. The ProJet 3510 DPPro, the latest in 3DS’ stellar MultiJet (MJP) line, gives medical and dental labs the power to print precision dental wax-ups; durable implant drill guides; temperature-resistant, thermo-formable orthodontic patterns; and crown and bridge molds interchangeably, at up to twice the throughput of today’s printers.

Armed with the ProJet 3510 DPPro’s game-changing speed, throughput and versatility, dental and medical labs can print precision, personalized medical tools and devices created directly from patients’ data, in a matter of hours—all in a smaller footprint than existing medical printers.

“Our primary purpose is to democratize access to more affordable and powerful tools for the benefit of our customers. With its high resolution, high capacity and expanded material compatibility, the DPPro can support the widest range of medical applications, at a very low cost of ownership,” said Buddy Byrum, Vice President, Product Management, 3DS. “LMT LAB DAY is the perfect venue to demonstrate this new, multipurpose machine to those who will benefit most from it.”

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Engineered specifically for demanding dental and medical lab environments, the multipurpose ProJet 3510 DPPro 3D printer provides round-the-clock printing capabilities and features a large build volume, allowing lab managers to rethink maximum throughput and tighten production schedules. With the ProJet 3510 DPPro’s variety of specifically engineered materials, labs can print enhanced, highly accurate wax-ups for crowns, bridges and partial denture frameworks, in addition to working models for crown and bridge, orthodontic, partial dentures, and medical models, such as a jaw models, in USP Class VI-capable VisiJet® Stoneplast.

The ProJet DPPro also produces superior, customized implant drill guides in a durable biocompatible plastic material. Enhanced with efficient material use, low-maintenance operation and an unprecedented five-year print head warranty, the ProJet DPPro conveniently melds with existing workflows and pays owners back on their investment faster.

At LMT LAB DAY 2015, 3DS plans to highlight its vast range of medical and dental solutions, including its Virtual Surgical Planning (VSP®), a clinically proven methodology for leveraging personalized medical imaging data to enable virtual planning of procedures supported by 3D printed surgical guides. 3DS will also showcase its latest 3D printed metal hybrid implant bars, partial frameworks, coping and bridges for dental procedures. In addition to the ProJet DPPro, 3DS will display its affordable and capable ProJet® 1200 micro-SLA desktop 3D printer for quickly creating highly precise dental wax-ups.

LMT LAB DAY 2015 takes place February 27 and 28, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. 3DS will be in booth 837.

For more information about how 3D Systems is manufacturing the future, visit http://www.3dsystems.com.

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About 3D Systems

3D Systems provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D digital design and fabrication solutions available today, including 3D printers, print materials and cloud-sourced custom parts. Its powerful ecosystem transforms entire industries by empowering professionals and consumers everywhere to bring their ideas to life using our vast material selection, including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. 3DS’ leading personalized medicine capabilities save lives and include end-to-end simulation, training and planning, and printing of surgical instruments and devices for personalized surgery and patient specific medical and dental devices. Its democratized 3D digital design, fabrication and inspection products provide seamless interoperability and incorporate the latest immersive computing technologies. 3DS’ products and services disrupt traditional methods, deliver improved results and empower our customers to manufacture the future now.

Leadership Through Innovation and Technology

•3DS invented 3D printing with its Stereolithography (SLA) printer and was the first to commercialize it in 1989.

•3DS invented Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printing and was the first to commercialize it in 1992.

•3DS invented the ColorJet Printing (CJP) class of 3D printers and was the first to commercialize 3D powder-based systems in 1994.

•3DS invented MultiJet Printing (MJP) printers and was the first to commercialize it in 1996.

•3DS Medical Modeling pioneered virtual surgical planning (VSP) and its services are world-leading, helping many thousands of patients on an annual basis.

Today 3D Systems’ comprehensive range of 3D printers is the industry’s benchmark for production-grade manufacturing in aerospace, automotive, patient specific medical device and a variety of consumer, electronic and fashion accessories.

More information on the company is available at www.3dsystems.com.

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Objex Unlimited is your resource for everything 3D.

We take great pride in the services we provide, and will find the best 3D printing solution for you.
We will work with you to complete your project and reach your goals ahead of schedule.

We offer a variety of 3D printers3D scanners and 3D software, and will work with you to find the best solution for your needs. We are an authorized reseller of 3D SystemsArtec Group, LMI TechnologiesGeomagic and Agisoft 3D products.

Our talented and diverse staff deliver high-quality, industry-leading results.
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Bulgarian Museum and Threeding.com use Artec Scanners to digitize military artifacts in 3D

Originally Posted on Artec3D.com. Bulgaria’s National Museum of Military History, Threeding.com, Artec 3D and Vesk Consult team up to unravel military history in 3D.

One of the largest museums of military history in Eastern Europe, the National Museum of Military History in Sofia, Bulgaria, and Threeding.com, a fast-growing 3D-printing marketplace and community, have announced a cooperation agreement for the 3D digitalization of military artifacts.

Under the agreement, Threeding.com will 3D scan part of the museum’s exhibits using Artec Scanners and put up their models in 3D printing friendly format on its portal. All 3D models will be available for free viewing on the museum’s website at www.militarymuseum.bg. A pilot project will mark the centenary of World War One.

Coordinated by Vesk Consult, the project will be running in cooperation with Artec 3D, a global leader in the development and manufacture of professional 3D scanners, which will provide its hardware, software and know-how.

The National Museum of Military History will receive royalties from the sales of 3D models and will be provided with free digital copies of all scanned exhibits, which can then be used for scientific and educational purposes.

Threeding will also work with the Museum of Military History to create a 3D gallery on the museum’s website over the next few months, offering users an opportunity to view exhibits online in 3D.

The partnership, which builds on successful cooperation between Threeding and Bulgaria’s regional history museums in Varna and Pernik, will enable Threeding to add unique military artifacts to its portfolio of 3D-printable models. Currently, there are over 150 models of museum objects, such as ancient sculptures, reliefs, architectural fragments of Ancient Greek and Roman origin, medieval weapons, icons and tools, available for sale in 3D printing friendly format at Threeding.com. The first models are already available on the website and include different weapons, military equipment and soldiers’ art from WW1.

 “The National Museum of Military History is certain that the majority of its visitors – young, employed, open to innovations, and familiar with many European practices – will be excited by this new form of museum interaction,” says the director of the National Museum of Military History, Associate Professor Sonya Penkova. “The ambition to create a virtual museum is coupled with the wish to mark the anniversary of World War One using a novel approach for Bulgaria and the Balkans – acknowledging the cost of the war, its human and social ramifications. We hope that our joint efforts will accomplish this ambitious goal.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the National Museum of Military History of Bulgaria

The National Museum of Military History is a state-run museum, supervised by the Bulgarian Defense Ministry. The museum was established in 1916 to become one of the largest and most modern military museums in Europe. Its collection features more than 1 million artifacts related to Bulgarian and European military history.

http://www.militarymuseum.bg/

 

About Threeding

Threeding is an online community for sharing and trading 3D-printable models. The start-up was founded in 2013 by a group of students from the Bulgarian National Academy of Art, led by Tzveta-Maria Partaleva and Stan Partalev. Threeding is the only 3D printing marketplace that offers 3D-printable models of historical artifacts.

https://threeding.com/

 

About Vesk Consult

Founded in 2007, Vesk Consult is an R&D consulting company that has successfully implemented a series of major innovative projects to digitize, restore and conserve prehistoric and early antique cultural heritage.

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About Artec 3D

Artec 3D is a leading developer and manufacturer of professional 3D scanning hardware and software. Extremely fast and efficient, Artec 3D scanners are used by thousands of people. In 2013, Artec launched an automated full-body 3D scanning system, Shapify Booth, which has made 3D portraits, or shapies, easily available and affordable to millions of people across the world. Artec’s mission is to unleash the 3D revolution, bringing 3D technologies to everyone, everywhere.

http://www.artec3d.com/

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Objex Unlimited is your resource for everything 3D.

We take great pride in the services we provide, and will find the best 3D printing solution for you.
We will work with you to complete your project and reach your goals ahead of schedule.

We offer a variety of 3D printers3D scanners and 3D software, and will work with you to find the best solution for your needs. We are an authorized reseller of 3D SystemsArtec Group, LMI TechnologiesGeomagic and Agisoft 3D products.

Our talented and diverse staff deliver high-quality, industry-leading results.
Our commitment is to fulfil your project needs within budget and on-time.

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Join us on January 23rd to see Oasis Skateboard Factory’s Awesome Pop-Art Exhibit

Over the past couple months, Objex Unlimited 3D Printing Studio, along with Sculptraits Studios, had the opportunity to assist the talented and creative students of Oasis Skateboard Factory with a final graduation project they had been working on. Come check out some of the amazing creations these students have come with! The name of the event is “The Youth are Revolting” and will be hosted by OASIS SKATEBOARD FACTORY POP-UP SHOP.

Join us this Friday, January 23rd 2015, at 7:00pm EST for this Toronto Offsite Design Festival (TODO) Event. The celebraton will run until 10:00pm EST.  The event is located at Anomaly, 46 Spadina Ave. Suite #200, Toronto, ON.

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Sculptraits took care of the 3D Scanning, utilizing their proprietary, state-of-the-art scanning technologies. Each student was given the opportunity to get scanned at Sculptraits Studios, and the 3D Scan data was then passed on to 3D designers for further processing and digital manipulation. Objex Unlimited then printed the manipulated designs on a Full-Colour Gypsem Printer. The end result is perfectly revolting… in the coolest way possible!

Various 3D Printed Bits - Skulls, Skateboards, & Discarded Textbooks

Various 3D Printed Bits – Skulls, Skateboards, & Discarded Textbooks

We don’t want to give away too much, so you’ll just have to come to the event to see the final product, and to congratulate these students for their hard work over the school semester!

About Oasis Skateboard Factory

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Since its opening three years ago, Oasis Skateboard Factory (OSF), founded by teacher Craig Morrison, has attracted considerable media exposure and received a Ken Spencer Award from the Canadian Education Association (CEA) for its innovative program. OSF is one of three programs offered by Oasis Alternative Secondary School, one of 22 alternative secondary schools of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). Students design, build and market skateboards, along with paraphernalia for the skateboard culture, and earn academic credit. Students may enrol for as many as three semesters.

About Objex Unlimited

Objex Unlimited 3D Printing Studio is a 3D solutions provider and 3D product reseller specializing in 3D Printing, 3D Scanning, 3D Design and 3D Services. We strive to be at the forefront of the 3D printing revolution and to explore, develop, and commercialize new applications in 3D. Leveraging unparalleled expertise in 3D technologies, we work with you personally to find a product or solution that will save you time, effort, and money. We will bring your ideas and designs to life by creating working parts, beautiful full-colour models, and rapid prototypes. Objex Unlimited is an authorized reseller of 3D Systems, Artec and LMI Technologies.

3D Systems Rolls Out the Touch Haptic 3D Stylus & a Virtual Reality Game at CES 2015

  • TouchTM comes with Cubify® SculptTM software for artists and free download of HapStackTMvirtual reality game
  • OpenHaptics SDK and developer portal enable easy experimentation and instant app development by everyone
  • Company partnered with TopCoder to launch challenge series for virtual gaming and consumer design applications

Each and every day, we get closer and closer to a fully interactive, fully immersive 3D virtual reality. From the Oculus rift, to google glass, we want to interact and feel part of our digital world. 3D Systems has released another tool that brings us one step closer to a fully interactive desktop.

3D Systems announced today the immediate availability of its TouchTM haptic 3D stylus along with an OpenHaptics Software Developer Kit (SDK) for digital design and virtual gaming. Priced at $599, Touch comes with Cubify® Sculpt™, a powerful virtual sculpting software tool that transforms 3D modeling from a complex, skills-centric design experience to a simple, experiential sculpting delight for artists, students, designers and hobbyists. Developers can register to use the Touch SDK on 3DS’ newDeveloper’s Portal.

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“We are absolutely thrilled to introduce our new Touch haptic 3D stylus, a powerful and affordable perceptual tool for the benefit of all gamers, artist and designers,” said Peter Theran, Vice President Global Consumer Products, 3DS.

The Touch will be showcased at International CES 2015 with a virtual reality demo game called HapStackTM. Developed by the Art School of Glasgow, Digital Design Studio, using the OpenHaptics Software Development Kit (SDK), HapStack uses both the Oculus Rift VR headset and the Touch haptic stylus to send a player on an immersive journey to Mars. HapStack is available as a free download from Cubify with the purchase of the Touch.

We invite CES attendees to participate in a live competition of the HapStack game at the 3DS booth located at the Sands Expo, booth 72225. Top scorers will win a SenseTM 3D scanner each day at the event.

To encourage application development with the OpenHaptics SDK, 3DS has partnered with TopCoder to launch a challenge series for Touch apps in virtual gaming, education, art and digital design for jewelry, medical and more. The TopCoder challenge series will center on the convergence of haptics, virtual reality and 3D printing to create a digital thread that opens up new worlds of human-machine interaction. Developers interested in participating in this TopCoder challenge series can register using the 3DS Developer’s Portal.

“3D printing, virtual reality and haptics are three new technologies that are having a profound impact on our personal and professional lives,” said Narinder Singh, President of Topcoder. “Topcoder is excited to help 3D Systems democratize digital design and application development by leveraging our global crowdsourcing community to generate creative ideas and quickly connect to the right talent.”

Those who are not attending CES 2015 can join 3DS’ President and CEO, Avi Reichental, for a broadcast of 3DS’ extensive showing at CES 2015 by visiting www.3dsystems.com/ces and clicking on the link to view the broadcast starting at 4:00 PM EST on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. For more details on 3DS’ 3D printed lifestyle consumer showcase at CES 2015, please visit www.3dsystems.com/ces.

Learn more about 3DS’ commitment to manufacturing the future today at and www.3dsystems.com and the company’s consumer offerings at www.cubify.com.

3D Systems Acquires 3D Printer Maker botObjects and Introduces CubePro C Full-Color 3D Printer

  • Strengthens 3DS consumer and prosumer product portfolio
  • First affordable, desktop, full-color plastic 3D printing capabilities
  • Sets new standards at 25-micron resolution and 175 mm/sec speed
  • New CubePro C will be on display at International CES 2015
Looks like 3D Systems has a brand new consumer 3D Printer to add to their Cube line up. On January 15, at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), 3D Systems announced that it acquired U.K. based 3D printer maker botObjects and plans to launch the CubePro® C, a new desktop full-color 3D printer powered by botObjects’ technology.
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With the announcement of the ProDesk3D printer last year, botObjects pioneered the first 3D desktop printer using PlasticJet Printing (PJP) that offers true full-color 3D printing, significantly expanding the palette of possibilities for what designers, artists and engineers create, from prototypes to products. botObjects also invented a proprietary 5-color CMYKW cartridge system, capable of mixing primary printing colors on the fly to generate vibrant color combinations and gradient transitions.

However, the ProDesk3D underwent delays, and rumours are the company had trouble meeting the huge demand for pre-orders for this amazing printer. 3D Systems’ acquisition will finally let the Printer see the light of day.

The botObjects ProDesk3D will immediately be folded into 3DS’s new CubePro C printer family and deliver a true full-color experience at the affordable price of $4,990, with greater accuracy and speed than any comparable desktop 3D printer on the market today. The new CubePro C is capable of printing down to 25-microns layers at deposition speeds of up to 175 millimeters per second using durable PLA and ABS print materials with PVA support material.

“Joining the winning team at 3DS couldn’t have come at a better time as orders for our revolutionary full-color desktop printer continue to outstrip our resources,” said Martin Warner, co-founder and CEO, botObjects. “Together we can bring this powerful technology to more users faster.”

“We are thrilled to add groundbreaking full-color with ultra thin-layer and high-speed technology from botObjects to our expanding consumer and prosumer 3D printing portfolio,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3DS. “We are even more excited to team up with botObjects founders, Martin Warner and Mike Duma, and together democratize the availability of this powerful 3D printer and accelerate its adoption globally.”

Under the capable and experienced leadership of Martin Warner, who was named Vice President, General Manager botObjects for 3DS, the company plans to fulfill all of its current backorders for the recently introduced ProDesk3D as it concurrently transitions to the new CubePro C line and substantially expands its desktop reach globally. Until the company expands its manufacturing capacity, the CubePro C will be available in a limited release, with plans to expand distribution later in 2015.  The CubePro C line joins 3DS’ desktop portfolio that includes the CubePro and Cube line of 3D printers and Sense 3D scanning products, which are ideal for a variety of professional desktops from engineers to designers and architects, as well as users at home and students at school.

Be sure to check back with us here at Objex Unlimited when we give our full review of the new 3D Systems Cube C Printer.

Here is a video of the original ProDesk3D in action.


About 3D Systems

3D Systems is pioneering 3D printing for everyone. 3DS provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D design-to-manufacturing solutions including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced custom parts. Its powerful digital thread empowers professionals and consumers everywhere to bring their ideas to life in material choices including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. 3DS’ leading healthcare solutions include end-to-end simulation, training and integrated 3D planning and printing for personalized surgery and patient specific medical and dental devices. Its democratized 3D design and inspection products embody the latest perceptual, capture and touch technology. Its products and services replace and complement traditional methods with improved results and reduced time to outcomes. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, plan, guide, prototype or produce functional parts, devices and assemblies, empowering customers to manufacture the future.

Leadership Through Innovation and Technology

•3DS invented 3D printing with its Stereolithography (SLA) printer and was the first to commercialize it in 1989.

•3DS invented Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printing and was the first to commercialize it in 1992.

•3DS invented the ColorJet Printing (CJP) class of 3D printers and was the first to commercialize 3D powder-based systems in 1994.

•3DS invented MultiJet Printing (MJP) printers and was the first to commercialize it in 1996.

•3DS Medical Modeling pioneered virtual surgical planning (VSP) and its services are world-leading, helping many thousands of patients on an annual basis.

Today its comprehensive range of 3D printers is the industry’s benchmark for production-grade manufacturing in aerospace, automotive, patient specific medical device and a variety of consumer, electronic and fashion accessories.

More information on the company is available at www.3dsystems.com.

About Objex Unlimited

Objex Unlimited 3D Printing Studio is a 3D solutions provider and 3D product reseller specializing in 3D Printing, 3D Scanning, 3D Design and 3D Services. We strive to be at the forefront of the 3D printing revolution and to explore, develop, and commercialize new applications in 3D. Leveraging unparalleled expertise in 3D technologies, we work with you personally to find a product or solution that will save you time, effort, and money. We will bring your ideas and designs to life by creating working parts, beautiful full-colour models, and rapid prototypes. Objex Unlimited is an authorized reseller of 3D Systems, Artec and LMI Technologies.

3D Printing: Dog’s Best Friend

Originally Posted at www.3dsystems.com/blog

Derby the dog was born with a congenital disease that caused a malformation in his front paws. More like flippers than feet, Derby’s condition made it difficult for him to get around, but true to the effervescent spirit of a puppy, Derby demonstrated heart-breaking determination to move and play. Though he managed decently enough in soft, indoor environments, hard outdoor surfaces were out of the question. So how is it that Derby can now run and frolic with abandon?  Why, with his custom-3D printed prosthetics, of course!

Tara Anderson is an animal-lover with a record of dog rescue. She counts two rescue dogs as permanent family members, and has fostered countless others. When Tara heard of Derby’s struggle for mobility and need for a family, Derby had her heartstrings in a knot. She volunteered to foster Derby through Peace & Paws, a rescue center in Hillsborough, NH, and worked with them to outfit Derby with a wheel cart to help him get from place to place. “It was a good solution for him to move in straight lines, but overall it wasn’t super maneuverable, and he still couldn’t play with the other dogs or play fetch like he wanted to,” Tara said. “We needed something better.”

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Tara was struck with inspiration. As an employee of 3D Systems, she knew the capability of 3D printing technology and decided to ask experts at the office if they would help. After a resounding yes, Tara also enlisted the help of Derrick Campana, an expert dog orthotist at Animal Ortho Care in Chantilly, VA.

Derrick and the 3DS team worked together to create a workable design. They created cups to hold Derby’s front legs, first manually with carved plaster casts and then digitally, with the Geomagic Capture 3D scanner. The 3D contour model was imported into Geomagic Freeform to design the prosthetic legs and then digitally matched up with CT scan data of Derby’s anatomy. By the time this had all been orchestrated, Derby had transferred to fully adoptive owners who were invested in the project and keen to see if prosthetics would work.

Disappointingly, the first ‘peg leg’ design was a disaster. “Derby didn’t understand them and had trouble balancing on them,” Tara said. “They didn’t reflect the kind of flexibility of motion he needed, so it was back to the drawing board.”

As Director of ColorJet Printing (CJP) Product Management at 3D Systems, Tara has a strong background in 3d printing as well as in architecture, and after the first failed testing of Derby’s prototype prosthetics, she went home and started a new product design. “I could tell from watching him struggle that he would be better served by a different design, and it occurred to me that a spoke-and-rocker design would reflect and respond to Derby’s developed method of getting around.” Once she had the idea, Tara went home and sketched it up.

She took her newly conceived design to her colleague at 3DS the next morning, and a few days later the new prosthetics were printed on the ProJet 5500X, a multi-material 3D printer from 3D Systems.

“They were an immediate success,” Tara said. “As soon we fitted them on Derby, he took off running. It was incredible. I can’t describe how gratifying it was to see him finally get to move like he’d always wanted to.”

Derby’s adoptive owners, Sherri and Dom Portanova had the same reaction.

“I’m not easy to impress, but these legs got me. Derby was immediately on the move and now he runs 2 to 3 miles daily, usually faster than my wife and me. It’s amazing.”

Though the second round of prosthetics was a success, further iterations are still being tested with a higher ratio of rubber materials for better grip and comfort.

“That’s the beauty of 3D printing,” Tara said. “We don’t have to wait for tooling, we can just adjust the design and reprint it for use. From my perspective, Derby’s case is what 3D printing is all about. We’re taking a critical need, developing ideas for a solution, and taking advantage of what 3D printing has to offer to make those ideas happen. It’s changing the world, one paw at a time.”

Watch the video below to see Derby wear in his new legs.

Derby the dog: Running on 3D Printed Prosthetics

Listen to Objex Unlimited President, Steve Cory, talk 3D Printing on “The Voice Of Entrepreneurs” Radio Show!

President and Founder of Objex Unlimited, Steve Cory, was recently featured on “The Voice of Entrepreneurship” Radio Show. Listen below to hear about, 3D Printing, Entrepreneurship, and the humble beginnings of Objex Unlimited.

Some other topics:

  • Where the world of 3D Printing is right now.
  • Some myths and misconceptions of 3D Printing.
  • 3D Scanning, 3D Design, and Rapid Prototyping services.
  • Entrepreneurship, staying focused and building a business.
  • The growth of Objex Unlimited as a 3D Printing Studio.
  • Prototypes, 3D art, Sculpted Portraits (Sculptraits), and even 3D printed pets!

Listen now!

About The Voice of Entrepreneurs:

“The Voice of Entrepreneurs is an entertaining weekly business, entrepreneurial, and educational program that takes you on an energizing and effective ride into the real and authentic challenges faced by all of us in business today. We interview business owners and experts, and tackle meaningful issues that will impact your bottom line.

Hosted by Mark Garrett, with his trademark enthusiasm and empathy for his clients, and Cathy Pettigrew, who brings a wealth of practical entrepreneurial experience “from the trenches” – and who is now intent on keeping Mark on his toes – you are in for an entertaining hour of information and learning!

The Voice of Entrepreneurs covers all elements of business, from sales and marketing to accounting, HR to legal issues, social media to risk mitigation. We explore the areas that are so important to every business – big and small – and stitch together unique ideas, and tried & tested best practices, into practical applications that will bring you success in your business.

Join Mark and Cathy each week, as they bring together a successful business owner and an industry expert to discuss specific business topics and deliver actionable results that you can implement immediately, to see results quickly.

Sit down, turn off your phone, grab your note pad and get ready; this is The Voice of Entrepreneurs, with Mark Garrett and Cathy Pettigrew.”

http://connectmeradio.com/show/voice-entrepreneurs/

3D Systems Announces Next Generation Design-to-Manufacturing Solutions to Showcase @ EuroMold 2014

  • ProXTM 400 Direct Metal Printing (DMP) features larger metal printing and automated finishing for factory production
  • ProXTM 500 Plus with expanded materials and higher productivity, powered by 3DS’ Selective-Laser-Sintering (SLS®)
  • ProXTM 800 delivers fab-grade productivity using 3DS’s Stereolithography (SLA®) technology
  • ProJet® 1200 with expanded set of materials for casting, modeling and prototyping
  • Additions to its design-to-manufacturing digital thread with cloud and desktop functionality and utility

ROCK HILL, South Carolina, November 17, 2014 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) today announced the advancement of 3DPRINTING 2.0 with several next generation printers, advanced material options and additions to its design-to-manufacturing digital thread that will accelerate the ability to manufacture the future NOW.  The company will reveal these new solutions throughout the week and showcase its full power of 3DPRINTING 2.0 at EuroMold 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany from November 25-28, 2014 at the Messe Frankfurt in booths D69 and F90 in hall 11.

“We are thrilled to unveil a new suite of products that will support the most demanding manufacturing applications, especially in activities such as aerospace, automotive, personalized healthcare and the production of high performance, end-use parts,” said Avi Reichental, President and Chief Executive Officer, 3DS. “Our 3D PRINTING 2.0 solutions unlock significantly faster product development cycles, seamless content-to-print digital workflows and truly unprecedented part performance, as we continue to lead the field of advanced manufacturing, from the engineer’s desktop to the factory floor.”

3DS plans to showcase its latest capabilities, including new products that build on its leading technology in Direct Metal Printing (DMP), Stereolithography (SLA®) and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS®), together with new advanced materials that open entirely new applications. The company also plans to debut a new suite of 3D software and scanning solutions that substantially enhance its design-to-manufacturing digital thread, providing users with expanded capabilities and simple-to-use tools.

These next generation products and design-to-manufacturing solutions include:

Largest metal parts printing with factory production features – 3DS will preview the latest addition to its ProXTM Direct Metal Printing (DMP) line, the ProX 400, with the largest build size of any metal 3D printer and factory production features including automated finishing and a modular design. This printer will feature 3DS’ class-leading accuracy and surface quality, with high-quality, fully dense metal parts for demanding high-capacity industrial applications.

Next generation fab-grade Stereolithograhy (SLA®) – The ProX 800 builds on the accuracy, reliability and precision of 3DS’ industry-leading Stereolithography(SLA®) technology, with new features for greater production efficiency, including revolutionary print head and material management systems, space-saving footprint and easy-to-use operator controls. Its exceptional build volume and speed are ideal for automotive, aerospace, medical device manufacturing and 3D printing service bureaus.

Groundbreaking Selective Laser Sintering (SLS®) with an expanded material set – 3DS will preview the ProX 500 Plus, which builds on the ProX 500’s superior part quality, precision and durability with an expanded range of new materials, faster print speeds and a higher resolution setting. New glass-filled, aluminum-filled and nylon materials enhance the production application sets of this production workhorse.

New materials and applications in Micro-SLA printing – 3DS is announcing five new materials for its ProJet® 1200 Micro-SLA 3D printer that will expand applications for dental labs, jewelers, manufacturers, engineers and 3D artists. New FTX Cast and FTX Gold and FTX Silver give jewelers a complete digital prototyping and production workflow, and new FTX Gray and FTX Clear add to the complete portfolio of material options for small end-use parts and presentation models for engineers and figurines and design creation for 3D artists.

Advanced composites and flexible materials for MultiJet printing – New materials for the ProJet 5500X offer new levels of versatility for models, functional prototypes and end-use parts, with tough, functional-grade, flexible elastomers in black and translucent. Combining the new materials with the VisiJet® white and clear ABS-like plastic print materials, the ProJet 5500X can create up to 14 unique materials in a single print.

Scan-based design and inspection system for small, precise parts – The Capture® Mini is based on the previously released Capture system and designed specifically for small, precise parts scanning and inspection. Perfect for small mechanical parts, jewelry and dental models, the Capture Mini and Geomagic® software provide a complete digital thread for capture, creation, print and inspection workflows.

Empowering the design-to-manufacturing digital thread –3DS will showcase a cloud and desktop-based app that manages the design-to-manufacturing digital thread in a seamless user experience, whether at the print device level, or extending to the cloud for printing, collaboration and file sharing anywhere at any time, with easy access to 3DS’ on-demand parts service, Quickparts®.

3DMe® scanning and printing experience comes to the retail and event space – 3DS will showcase its 3DMe® Photobooth, a compact 3D scanning kiosk with an integrated 3DMe figurine app along with ecommerce and fulfillment.  With an easy, self-guided interface, instant face capture and small footprint, it’s perfect for retailers and event venues to bring the 3DMe experience to their space.

Join 3DS’ President and CEO, Avi Reichental, for a broadcast of 3DS’ extensive showing at EuroMold by visiting http://www.3dsystems.com/resources/press-room/euromold-2014 and clicking on the broadcast link starting at 10:00 a.m. EST on Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

Find out more about EuroMold 2014 at www.euromold.com and learn about 3DS’ commitment to manufacturing the future at www.3dsystems.com.

About 3D Systems 

3D Systems is pioneering 3D printing for everyone. 3DS provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D design-to-manufacturing solutions including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced custom parts. Its powerful digital thread empowers professionals and consumers everywhere to bring their ideas to life in material choices including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. 3DS’ leading healthcare solutions include end-to-end simulation, training and integrated 3D planning and printing for personalized surgery and patient specific medical and dental devices. Its democratized 3D design and inspection products embody the latest perceptual, capture and touch technology. Its products and services replace and complement traditional methods with improved results and reduced time to outcomes. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, plan, guide, prototype or produce functional parts, devices and assemblies, empowering customers to manufacture the future.

Leadership Through Innovation and Technology

•3DS invented 3D printing with its Stereolithography (SLA) printer and was the first to commercialize it in 1989.

•3DS invented Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printing and was the first to commercialize it in 1992.

•3DS invented the ColorJet Printing (CJP) class of 3D printers and was the first to commercialize 3D powder-based systems in 1994.

•3DS invented MultiJet Printing (MJP) printers and was the first to commercialize it in 1996.

•3DS Medical Modeling pioneered virtual surgical planning (VSP) and its services are world-leading, helping many thousands of patients on an annual basis.

Today its comprehensive range of 3D printers is the industry’s benchmark for production-grade manufacturing in aerospace, automotive, patient specific medical device and a variety of consumer, electronic and fashion accessories.

More information on the company is available at www.3dsystems.com.