Resin & Polymer Printers

SLA 3D printers, DLP 3D printers and Multi-Jet printers all use liquid resin as a 3D printing material. The resin - a photopolymer, becomes solid when cured (activated) by a specific light source. That light source cures the liquid resin, which is stored in a tank or vat in SLA / DLP printers, or stored in a bottle and pumped to the printing head in multi-jet printers. 

SLA vs DLP

DLP stands for digital light processing, SLA for stereolithography. SLA uses a UV laser beam while the DLP uses UV light from a projector. Light Movement: In DLP, the UV light source remains stationary and it cures the complete layer of resin at a time. In SLA, the laser beam moves from point to point tracing the geometry.

MultiJet Printing

MultiJet printing (MJP), also known as Material Jetting (MJ), is a 3D printing process that forms layers much like a 2D printer. Rather than depositing ink, MJP deposits droplets of photoreactive material that solidify when subjected to UV (ultraviolet) light.

The technology works similarly to traditional inkjet printing, but instead of jetting ink onto paper, a print head jets liquid photopolymers onto a build tray where each droplet cures in a flash of UV light. MJP 3D Printer offers sharp precision, smooth surfaces and ultra-fine details.

MultiJet printers can be as accurate as 0.1mm to create the smoothest surfaces and thinnest walls. Thus, making them ideal for producing prototypes with complex geometries. Furthermore, MultiJet technology allows you to mix different materials. The ability to print multi-material allow to combine rigid materials with flexible ones in the same print run and / or colour printing.

The Figure 4 Scalable Platform

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ULTRA-FAST AND AFFORDABLE FOR SAME DAY PROTOTYPING AND LOW-VOLUME PRODUCTION

Affordable and versatile for low-volume production and fast prototyping, offering quality and accuracy with industrial-grade durability, service and support.

Prototyping to production - Same day prototyping and direct digital production of tens and hundreds of parts per month.

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Applications:

  • Replacement of traditional molding and cast urethane processes

  • Rapid functional prototyping and fast concept models

  • Investment casting patterns for jewelry

  • End-use durable plastic parts

  • Short run production of plastic articles

  • Jigs and fixtures

  • Rapid tooling -molds and master patterns

  • Elastomeric parts –prototypes of grommets, seals, hoses, weatherstripping, tubes, gaskets, spacers and other vibration dampening components

  • Medical applications requiring biocompatibility and/or thermal resistance

Revolutionizing manufacturingScalable, semi-automated 3D manufacturing solution designed to grow with your prototyping and production needs. Enabling companies to move directly into production from digital CAD files to delivering final parts immediately.

Speed and versatilitySame-day prototyping and direct 3D production up to 10,000 parts per month. In addition, each printer can run different materials and different jobs as part of a single high throughput line serving a multitude of parts being produced.

3D Systems Figure 4 Modular

SCALABLE, SEMI-AUTOMATED MANUFACTURING SOLUTION 

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Applications:

  • Replacement of traditional molding and cast urethane processes

  • Rapid functional prototyping and fast concept models

  • End-use durable plastic parts

  • Low volume bridge manufacturing

  • Short run production of plastic articles

  • Jigs and fixtures

  • Rapid tooling -molds and master patterns

  • Consumer high temperature applications with transparency

  • Elastomeric parts –prototypes of grommets, seals, hoses, weatherstripping, tubes, gaskets, spacers and other vibration dampening components

  • Medical applications

3D Systems Figure 4 Production

CUSTOMIZABLE, FULLY-INTEGRATED FACTORY SOLUTION FOR DIRECT PRODUCTION

Manufacturing At ScaleProduce 1 million+ parts per year in a broad range of industrial, dental and custom materials.

Flexible To Fit Your NeedsCombines the design flexibility of additive manufacturing in configurable, in-line production cells to deliver a customizable and automated direct 3D production solution.

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Applications:

  • Direct digital production

  • High-quality parts with fine texturing

  • Replacement of traditional moulding and cast urethane processes

  • Mass customization production

  • Production dental applications

  • Eggshell moulding applications

The MJP-MultiJet Platform

Faster and EasierAccessing high fidelity, functional plastic or elastomeric prototypes has never been faster or easier, with up to 3x higher 3D printing speeds than similar class printers and finished part delivery up to 4x faster with 3D Systems MJP EasyClean System.

Simple File-to-Part WorkflowThe ProJet MJP 2500 Series embodies the latest in 3D Systems MultiJet Printing (MJP) technology, engineered to combine professional-grade 3D printing capabilities with an affordable price, compact footprint and easy part processing.

3D Systems Projet MJP 2500Plus

MULTIJET PRINTING QUALITY, SPEED AND EASE OF USE MADE ACCESSIBLE

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Applications:

  • Communication, sales and marketing model

  • Rapid design iteration for rigid plastic or elastomeric products

  • Design verification and testing

  • Assemblies validation, including snap-fits

  • Water-tight applications, fluid flow visualization

  • Functional testing of plastic and elastomeric products

  • Functional testing at high temperature

  •  Biocompatible medical devices

  • Jigs, fixtures and tools

  •  Patterns, dies and moulds for rapid tooling

3D Systems Projet MJP 5600

LARGE FORMAT, MULTI-MATERIAL COMPOSITE PARTS IN A SINGLE BUILD

Large-Format, Multi-Material 3D PrinterDelivering a diverse array of broad mechanical performances, the ProJet MJP 5600 is a multi-material composite printer that generates stunningly realistic, functional prototypes and patterns for a variety of applications. Outputting a variety of sizes, this MultiJet Printing machine can produce over-moulded parts, multi-material assemblies, rubber-like components, jigs and fixtures, dies and more.

Exceptionally High ThroughputThe ProJet MJP 5600 offers print speeds up to two times faster than similar PolyJet machines. Plus, with a larger build volume, you can leverage the ProJet MJP 5600’s capabilities to reduce part costs by up to 40% compared to those of competing multi-material 3D printers.

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Applications:

  • Design testing and verification, including snap-fit and prototype part count reduction

  • Water-tightness applications, fluid flow or internal structures visualization

  • Functional testing of plastic and elastomeric products

  • Rapid tooling

  • Jigs and fixtures

  • Master patterns for RTV molding