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FabPro 1000 | Grow with 3D Systems Entry-Level 3D Printing to Production

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Q & A with President and CEO Vyomesh Joshi (VJ) on the New FabPro 1000

Source: 3D Systems

Following 3D Systems’ announcement of FabPro™ 1000, there has been a steady flow of interest around our take on industrial entry-level 3D printing: where FabPro fits into an additive manufacturing workflow, why we are investing in entry-level solutions, and how 3D Systems’ printer measures up to competing systems on the market. Eager to answer your questions, 3D Systems President and CEO VJ shares his view of the opportunities available through entry-level industrial printing with the new FabPro 1000.

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The FabPro delivers parts that are on par with production level machines in terms of accuracy, quality and repeatability.

Q: HOW IS FABPRO™ 1000 DIFFERENT FROM OTHER ENTRY-LEVEL 3D PRINTERS ON THE MARKET?

VJ: The FabPro is distinct in several ways, but the most important distinction is the parts it prints. The parts are what matters at the end of the day, right? The combination of our printer and materials ensures part quality, repeatability and durability, so that’s the first key distinction. And of course, very closely related to part quality is part accuracy. The FabPro delivers better, more accurate parts than any other product at its price point and produces parts that are on par with production level machines in terms of accuracy, quality and repeatability.

The second differentiation is speed and productivity. FabPro is up to three times faster than competitively priced systems, which will help to make our customers more efficient and accelerate their time to market. Think about it: if it takes a competing system 9 hours to print apart but it takes our system just 3 hours to print a part with the exact same parameters, full days can be removed from product timelines. That’s a tremendous competitive advantage.

Finally, the FabPro is a complete, plug and play solution that includes rigorously tested, high-quality materials and an intuitive, optimized software experience with 3D Sprint.

BEYOND AFFORDABILITY, WHAT MAKES THIS AN ENTRY-LEVEL 3D PRINTER?

We want to help customers go from a CAD file to design verification or functional prototyping without jumping through hoops or needing extensive training, so we’ve made it very easy to use. Like our other professional quality printers, FabPro comes with 3D Sprint software for file preparation and print management. This gives users access to tools that help them optimize support structures and builds to reduce waste and also provides visibility into material usage. This combination of the fast print speeds I mentioned earlier and optimized printing delivers lower costs to our customers so they can continue to enjoy low operating costs after the initial purchase.

THE 3D SYSTEMS MISSION IS TO HELP MAKE 3D PRODUCTION REAL FOR CUSTOMERS. HOW DOES AN ENTRY-LEVEL INDUSTRIAL PRINTER FIT INTO THIS STRATEGY?

In order to make 3D production real for our customers, we need to make good quality and easy-to-use additive manufacturing solutions more accessible and affordable to help a wider audience adopt and benefit from the technology. In terms of how the FabPro does this, I will answer in two parts. The first half of my answer takes a look at the product itself. If you think about the product category – an industrial entry-level printer – it plays a very important role in making 3D production real. The FabPro 1000 is a solution with entry-level affordability that comes with industrial material capability and a significant speed advantage over other printers in its class.  It also comes with 3D Sprint software to streamline the plastic additive manufacturing workflow, making it a complete solution. That means FabPro offers an opportunity for people to get hands-on with 3D technology for meaningful applications such as functional prototyping. Offering a low-barrier, quality experience that combines the right materials, the right hardware and the right software to compress product lifecycles reinforces how 3D Systems’ additive manufacturing solutions can help companies reduce design cycle time and develop complex custom parts not possible with traditional manufacturing processes.

The second half of my answer considers our customers globally, and the different price-performance capabilities and needs that exist worldwide. As a global company, 3D Systems works to serve all markets, including emerging geographies where an entry-level industrial printer like FabPro 1000 offers an optimal price-performance ratio with considerable benefits to the customer.

FabPro JewelCast GRN castable plastic ring master

FabPro casting material enables users to achieve final metal parts with entry-level affordability.

 WHO DO YOU ANTICIPATE WILL BE FIRST ADOPTERS OF THIS MACHINE AND WHY?

I think the global designer community will be among the first to really understand and get excited about the capability being offered, but designers are not the only ones in need of an affordable yet professional-quality 3D printing solution. I think you have to consider other professions where the total package of benefits provided by the FabPro 1000 will make a difference. The combination of the materials we offer plus the high throughput and accuracy of the printer speaks to a wide range of users. If you need high durability functional prototypes, FabPro can do it; if you need high contrast material for prototyping intricate details, FabPro can do it. We also offer a casting material that will enable users to achieve final metal parts with entry-level affordability. This alone has the potential to transform verticals such as jewellery. I believe FabPro will complement and advance workflows across industries, and I am excited to see what our customers do with it!

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  • Setting new benchmarks in speed and accuracy, the company’s fab-grade 3D printers deliver high volume manufacturing in seconds without costly tooling or an extended supply chain
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3D Systems Announces Cube®3 and CubeProTM 3D Printers

3D Systems  (NYSE:DDD) announced today that its recently unveiled Cube® 3 and CubeProTM 3D printers will commence commercial shipments in the second half of June 2014 and are now available for pre-order on Cubify.com and through Objex Unlimited. Previewed at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, the Cube 3 and CubePro take consumer 3D printing and desktop engineering experience to a new level, with multi-color and multi-materials, the highest resolution available at 70 micron layers, faster print speeds and printing on the go, directly from a smartphone with the new Cubify mobile app, to be released when the printers ship.

Both the Cube 3 and CubePro are designed to fit any lifestyle or workplace with 3D printing made easy and pro. Whether you are an engineer or a fashionista, a kid or a hobbyist, the Cube series can fulfill your complete range of 3D printing needs with expanding materials and design tools that are complemented by 3DS’ Cubify.com, the ultimate destination for users to co-create with brands, stylize printable content added daily and share what they’re making in the Design Feed.

Cube 3 is the only dual material, plug-and-play, kid-safe certified 3D printer that is also the easiest and most affordable to own at $999. Cube comes with two starter cartridges in neon green and white, and 25 designs to get printing quickly.

Cube 3 Features:

Print Fast, Print More – Cube 3 delivers up to 2X faster print speed and accuracy than competitors for printed parts up to 6” cubed. 70 micron-layer thinness gives prints smoothness and fine detail for textures at the highest resolution available in consumer 3D printing today. Full tech specs are available here.

Simultaneous Dual Color + Multi-Material = More Choice – Cube now prints in two materials and up to two colors, simultaneously using compostable PLA and recyclable ABS plastics. Both materials are available in 23 different color cartridges. Cube offers a choice of print mode fill density: hollow, strong and almost solid in both PLA and ABS plastics with optional, easy breakaway supports for the most complex prints.

Instant Load Cartridge – Instant material loading is now easier than changing an ink cartridge. The new non-clog technology and moisture-lock cartridges ensure extended shelf life and total material usage, improving print quality and sustainability. The printer detects material type automatically based on the cartridge, eliminating the need to change print settings. The cartridges are easy to load and store while preserving the life and quality of the materials.

Kid-Safe for Everyone – Cube meets all IEC 60950 Printer Safety Requirements, making it the only consumer 3D printer that is kid-safe for the home and classroom.

Convenience in the Palm of Your Hand – Enjoy the freedom of mobile printing directly from the Cubify app for iOS and Android. Find new things to print in the curated brand collections or browse the Design Feed for inspiration to add to your Shelf. Prep and print from your smartphone direct to Cube.

Easier to Use, Sleeker Design – Building on its iconic design, the new Cube  features a color touchscreen with an intuitive user interface and sleek LEDs highlighting prints in action, and is equipped with faster Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, an auto-leveling printpad and easy support removal on complex prints.

Sustainable Systems – 3DS is committed to making consumer 3D printing affordable, safe and sustainable. Send back empty cartridges to designated 3DS locations for reuse in exchange for a discount on new cartridges and return used ABS and PLA prints for responsible recycling or composting by 3DS. All Cubes will be shipped from local distribution centers reducing freight. Cube comes with a proprietary print pad that conserves power compared to other 3D printers.

The professionally capable CubePro is the only triple material, controlled print chamber, engineer’s desktop 3D printer, that starts at $2,799 making it an affordable tool for the garage entrepreneur at home, independent designer and engineer’s desktop.

CubePro Features:

Print Big, Print Fast  Print more and faster with the largest-in-class print platform, high-resolution prints and quick set up. With prints 2.5 times larger than any other desktop prosumer and hobbyist printer (10.8” x 10.45” x 9.5” or 275 mm x 265 mm x 240 mm), and guaranteed faster, more precise prints with easy feed cartridges for prolonged material life.

Print Precise, Print Professional – Ultra high-resolution settings of 70-micron thin print layers, professional quality printing has never been so easy and fast. Choose automated slicing settings for quick draft prints or utilize Advanced Mode to set custom infill patterns, inner and outer surface layer sizing and outer wall thinness. Full technical specifications are available here.

Controlled Print Chamber  Controlled process environment ensures true to CAD prints and delivers professional quality every time.  Automated settings deliver safe home printing in your mancave, on your workbench and at your desktop.

Triple Color + Materials = Thousands of Options – Available in three print head configurations, CubePro allows users to get more expressive with 3D printing in up to three simultaneous colors and more color options. In addition to ABS and PLA plastic, CubePro also supports a new engineering grade nylon material, perfect for end-use applications, making it a very versatile engineering and hobbyist printer.

Connect Better– Connect intuitively through an easy-to-use color touchscreen display and WiFi capability.

Sustainable Systems – 3DS is committed to making prosumer 3D printing affordable, safe and sustainable. Send back empty cartridges to designated 3DS locations for reuse in exchange for a discount on new cartridges and return used ABS, Nylon and PLA prints for responsible recycling or composting by 3DS. CubePros will be shipped from local distribution centers reducing freight. The new CubePro comes with a proprietary print pad that conserves power compared to other 3D printers.

Which room in your home will your Cube live in? Learn more about 3D printing made easy for your lifestyle here. Watch a video of the new Cube 3 and CubePro.

  • Get There Easy and Print Pro with 3DS’ 2014 desktop Cube printers
  • Beautiful, high-definition 70-micron layer thinness for finer-res prints
  • Instant material loading that is easier than changing an ink cartridge
  • Faster speed with simultaneous multi-material and multi-color printing
  • Cube 3 is priced at easy-to-own $999

Join Us for a Complimentary Live Webcast With 3D Systems

Complimentary Live Webcast 

Endless Applications with ColorJet 3D Printing

 

Explore how Objex Unlimited integrates ColorJet Printing (CJP) technology to help their clients acquire new and recurring business, speed product development schedules and cut costs. Objex Unlimited provides 3D printing and scanning services for jewelry design and casting, geospatial prototyping, medical modeling, architectural models, archaeological modeling.

3D Systems‘ ColorJet Printers set the standard for true, full-color printing, speed and affordability.  See how CJP printers can be used to produce exceptional high-resolution, large architectural models, industrial molds and castings, product design concepts, single-piece scale prototypes and more.

In this live webcast, you’ll learn:

  • ProJet® x60 series’ versatile range of full-color 3D printing applications
  • Latest developments in ColorJet 3D printing – now in durable plastic with the ProJet 4500
  • How physical color models help communicate designs more effectively

If you’re a product designer, engineer, architect, manufacturer, animator or educator, don’t miss this inside look at how 3D Systems and Objex Unlimited engage 3D printing to Manufacture the Future.


Date:

April 24, 2014

Time:

11 AM EDT / 8 AM PDT

5 PM CET

Duration:

1 hour

Presenters:

Tom Charron – VP Product Marketing – 3D Systems

Steve Cory – President – Objex Unlimited

 

3DSystems ProJet® 4500

ProJet® 4500

Professional 3D Printer

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The industry’s only continuous tone full-colour plastic 3D printer
Combine the Power of Vibrant Full Colour With Durable Plastic Materials

The ProJet® 4500 gives you the power to make ready-to-use, flexible, strong parts, coloured pixel by pixel, with superior surface quality. This office-friendly 3D printer is quick and efficient, and features intuitive operation controls, so you can ensure high productivity and cut operating costs.

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3DSystems New Product Announcement | 3DME |

3DSystems announced their new consumer products at the International CES 2014. Avi N. Reichental, the President and Chief Executive Officer and Director of 3D systems announced the release of the 3DME®.

 

3DME®

3D Systems First to Deliver 3DMe® Photobooth to the Retail Floor and Event Space

 3DME

-Brings the entire 3DMe experience to the retail floor and event space

-Large scale, high volume, instant face capture for personalized figurines

-Powered by 3DS’ consumer cloud-hosting, publishing and fulfillment platform

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3DSystems New Product Announcement | Cubify 2.0 |

3DSystems announced their new consumer products at the International CES 2014. Avi N. Reichental, the President and Chief Executive Officer and Director of 3D systems announced the release of the Cubify 2.0.

 

 

Cubify® 2.0

cubify 2.0

3D Systems Launches Cubify® 2.0

-Highly curated designs with Stylizers for brands and theirs fans to co-create

-Lifestyle driven destination for fashionistas, design enthusiasts, DIYers and kids

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