What are the different types of 3D Printing?

Since the invention and adoption of 3D Printing (additive manufacturing) over the last several decades, we have seen the rise and fall of a diverse array of technologies.

Below is a list of well know 3D Printing technologies that we use today to provide our customers with the most cutting-edge technology and equipment for their projects.

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Product development today is characterized by high-demand, increasing customer expectations and near constant innovation. To top it all off, product lifetimes are shrinking. The result is driving greater competition among manufacturers with the pressure to do more, better, and faster.

To stay competitive in a market that is perpetually shrinking time to market, manufacturers need to meet and break new release schedules in their product development cycles. Rapid prototyping offers that opportunity.

Download the new 3D System Rapid Prototyping eBook to learn:

  • When to prototype, why and how to achieve faster time to market
  • How to reduce development cycles, lead-time and engineering effort
  • Prototyping for agile manufacturing, and key questions to ask before getting started
  • How to use CAD data for design verification and types of prototyping
  • 3D printing technologies for rapid prototyping and choosing the best solution

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ColorJet Printing ( CJP ) – Full Color 3D Printing

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

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, color binder is selectively jetted from inkjet print heads, which causes the core to solidify. The build platform lowers with every subsequent layer which is spread and printed, resulting in a full-color three-dimensional model. This technology is used, and great for:

  • Full-color concept models
  • Architectural models
  • Demonstration models
  • Highly complex geometries
  • Quick production times

Whether printed with color 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.

You can learn more about ColorJet Printing Here


MultiJet Printing (MJP)

3D Systems line of MJP printers is a great resource for MJP printing.

Need Rapid Prototyping of designs with smooth surfaces and highly complex geometries? MultiJet printing is the solution for you.

  • MultiJet Printing (MJP) is a new Rapid Prototyping process that provides a quick turnaround for smooth, high-resolution, hard plastic parts with complex geometries.
  • The process consists only of UV bulbs and photopolymer materials.
  • Printed parts have smooth surfaces and exceptional feature details and mechanical properties suitable for study models, form & fit testing and other applications.

The MJP process consists of a print head, platform, UV lamp, and a planarizer.  Just like any 3D-printing machine, the process requires a 3D CAD file.  The 3D printer then prints each layer of the file in UV curable liquid plastic onto a flat platform. The wax support material is also jetted to fill voids and other non-freestanding features.  UV lamps solidify the materials, creating a fully cured plastic or wax part.

You can learn more about MulitiJet Printing Here