3D Systems, a manufacturer of 3D printing solutions, just unveiled its new ProJet 4500 full-color plastic 3D printer. The company is calling it the world’s first and only continuous-tone full color 3D printer. That means it’s able to produce 3D prints with a full range of colors that blend as seamlessly as a rainbow. The printer also features integrated material recycling to cut down on wasted materials and filament expenses.
The printer is able to fabricate fully colored objects right out of the machine, which means you won’t need to spend any time post-processing or coloring. It does this in a two stage printing process made up of a core and binder. To build an object, the printer lays down a thin layer of core material followed by a spray of color binder to build up the final shape and look. From the looks of it, the 4500 also uses a laser sintering process of laying on powder material and using lasers solidify an object from harden layers.
The 3D Systems 4500 printer also fabricates objects using a new class of sustainable VisiJet C4 Spectrum materials. 3D Systems is calling the new material sustainable because it can produce strong, semi-rigid parts that are durable enough to become sneakers.
There aren’t any details on pricing or availability yet, but it’s a new bit of technology that will bring us closer to the Star Trek-ian future of having full-on replicators.
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