XYZprinting has a huge lineup of 3D printers and today announces that it’s expanding even more.
In 2017, the company introduced its full-color desktop 3D printer, the da Vinci Color. We expected to see more color 3D printing emerge in 2019, and just a week into the new year XYZprinting is introducing a second-generation color 3D printer. And it’s XYZprinting, so the new printer isn’t their only new product debuting at CES 2019.
The multi-product announcement approach at CES is a familiar one for the prolific company, though one that’s becoming rarer at this particular show. Many of the 3D printing-related announcements this year are focusing more on what’s being 3D printed rather than what’s doing the 3D printing, though Formlabs is introducing new materials alongside its workflow-focused display.
The da Vinci Color mini was first introduced last summer.
This small machine packs a lot of punch into its pint-sized design. With a 130 x 130 x 130 mm build area and EZ-removable print bed, relatively small objects can be created in full color (or monochrome). As with XYZprinting’s previous work in color 3D printing, CMY ink cartridges apply color to PLA with their 3DColorJet tech. The $1,599 price point fits in with the company’s philosophy of affordable 3D printing; availability is targeted before the end of Q1 2019.
“Our investment in full-color 3d printing technology has opened the door to the next level of 3D printing innovation,” said XYZprinting CEO Simon Shen. “By providing an affordable and compact full-color printer, we are very pleased to be bringing color 3D printing technology within reach for small businesses, schools, designers, makers and general consumers. We will continue to provide innovative, high-quality 3D printers while making it affordable for everyone to utilize this technology and incorporate it into their daily lives.”
The accessibility of full-color 3D printing remains a barrier to its wider use as reliable color tech remains generally in development. Available solutions remain targeted toward industrial customers able to pay the premium for a 10 million color palette. Of course new introductions are coming more frequently to a market that demands color, so XYZprinting is smart in addressing this opening and making it more widely accessible.
And again, it wouldn’t be XYZprinting if that was all.
The da Vinci Color mini can be upgraded with optional additions like a laser engraver and a new Hardened Steel nozzle for use with tougher materials (of which there are new introductions as well).
New filaments include Carbon Fiber PLA, Metallic PLA, and Antibacterial PLA. The first two of these are compatible with the Hardened Steel nozzle, an upgrade available for several 3D printers in XYZprinting’s portfolio at $79.95 (for the da Vinci mini series and the da Vinci Jr. Pro. series) or $119.95 (for the da Vinci Color series). The Hardened Steel nozzle will require “immediate maintenance” after every print with the new Premium Metallic PLA and Carbon Fiber PLA materials. The third new material doesn’t need a special extruder. The Antibacterial PLA was designed with usable prints in mind, with “silver ions to inhibit bacterial growth by at least 99 percent, greatly reducing the risk of infections.”
Check out samples made from (L-R) Carbon Fiber PLA, Metallic PLA, and Antibacterial PLA:
XYZprinting is at CES this week, exhibiting at LVCC South Hall 3, booth #31524.