Every year the EuroMold conference seems to be the place where new commercial 3D printing products are announced, and no surprise, we haz a new printer from 3D Systems: The ProJet HD 3000plus, a big brother to the ProJet HD 3000.
The “plus” obviously means “more” in this case, because the PJHD3K+ has an expanded build envelope of 29.8 x 18.5 x 20.3 cm in HD mode. Wait – “HD Mode”? What’s that? This printer can print in 3 different modes, HD, UHD and XHD. The difference is resolution:
- HD Mode: 328 x 328 x 606 DPI (xyz) 40 micron layers
- UHD Mode: 656 x 656 x 800 DPI (xyz) 31 micron layers
- XHD Mode: 656 x 656 x 1600 DPI (xyz) 16 micron layers
While the resolution is ferociously detailed, there’s a cost to finer prints. The build envelope shrinks in UHD and XHD modes to 20.3 x 17.8 x 15.2 cm, a loss of about half the chamber. We suspect this is due to complex gearing adjustments to achieve the higher resolution. But no matter – the build chamber is still pretty large anyway.
Interesting feature: The 254kg 3D printer can email you notifications, presumably when prints are complete.
Estimated pricing for the new PJHD3K+: USD$79,900.