More on the 3D Systems Projet 1500

By on October 15th, 2011 in printer


We’ve obtained some additional information about 3D Systems’ new low-cost commercial color 3D printer, the Projet 1500. Priced at slightly under USD$15,000, this device has quite a few very interesting features that we noticed while perusing 3D Systems’ documentation. Here’s the highlights of our scan through their material: 
  • Front panel has a window for viewing the build process
  • Easy-loading slot on the side for build material, which comes in 2Kg cartridges
  • Standard power requirements
  • Six different materials that are different colors – and – different physical characteristics
  • One color, Zoom a.k.a. Yellow, prints at a much higher speed for draft objects
  • Several components directly involved in printing (tray, coater, etc) are easily replaceable 
  • Minimized number of movable parts
  • Device is designed for simple operation and maintenance; all consumable parts are reachable, etc.
  • Very straightforward setup process, “installed in minutes”
  • Attractive and easy to use operation software (see image above, click for larger view)
  • Software allows direct control over easily removable support structures
  • Print queuing is possible – but you’ll still have to take items off the platform in-between prints
  • Diagnostic features, including remote diagnostics from the factory
  • Constant build speed of 12.7mm per hour (Z-axis movement) or even faster (20.3mm/hr) if using the special yellow build material in draft mode
  • Requires a separate cleaning/curing unit to finish printed objects
This looks quite good for a moderately priced commercial 3D printer, and the control software has some great features. 

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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