3D Systems at CES
CES has been something of a launchpad for 3D Systems over the past few years, particularly with regards to its consumer arm of 3D printing but, as many predicted with the departure of evangelical CEO Avi Reichental, the forerunners of the industry are to showcase 3D printing's more current applications than pipe dreams at CES 2016.
Rather than the glitz and glamour of the likes that the likes of will.i.am and Stevie Wonder bring to the 3D Systems booth we will be seeing gold star 3D printing with industrial SLA machines like ProX 800, Direct Metal Printing with ProX DMP and SLS parts from the ProX 500.
The range of machines on display at this year's CES will demonstrate to the wider public what 3D printing is being used for in the here and now, applications like prosthetics, aeroplane parts, motorsport dashboards as opposed to the faraway visions of a printer in every room of the home. The range also serves as timely reminder of 3D Systems' excellent options when it comes to 3D printing solutions.
Of the many applications on display printed using this excellent array of machinery a highlight will be 3DS' recent collaboration with New Balance with in-booth displays of New Balance’s recently announced commercial running shoe with midsoles printed using SLS technology.
3D Systems will also host hourly in-booth demonstrations and innovation displays from customers and expert users detailing the ways in which 3D scanning, design, production and inspection are driving new business models and reshaping industries.
Visitors to CES 2016 can find 3D Systems in the Sands Expo, booth 72721, where the company’s transformative 3D solutions on display will include:
- Versatility and repeatability with an expanding family of MultiJet (MJP) 3D printers that offer incredible speed and feature detail for high-quality, durable prints across a wide range of applications, from intricate jewelry design to dental wax-ups to functional test prototypes.
- Vibrant ColorJet Printing (CJP) that combines true full-color capabilities with speed and affordability. CJP is perfect for producing photorealistic models used in product design and architecture, as well as detailed collectibles and figurines.
- High-resolution Stereolithography (SLA) solutions from the desktop to the factory floor. The gold standard in 3D printing technology will be represented in the desktop friendly ProJet® 1200 micro-SLA 3D printer all the way up to the large frame, production-ready ProX™ 800.
- Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) with the ProX 500, which delivers injection-molding-grade end-use parts without expensive fixed tooling, enabling part complexity, durability and customized mass production. 3D Systems will also be showcasing its recent collaboration with New Balance with in-booth displays of New Balance’s recently announced commercial running shoe with midsoles printed using SLS technology.
- Direct Metal Printing (DMP) on the ProX DMP series, allowing customers with demanding applications in aerospace, automotive, healthcare, and beyond to unlock greater performance through the production of chemically-pure, fully-dense metal parts with geometries that are unachievable through traditional means. The company’s next-gen Direct Metal Printer, the ProX DMP 320, designed for high throughput, high precision direct metal printing, is currently in advanced beta testing with customers and will make its public debut on the CES floor.
- 3D printing solutions for the engineer’s desktop and classroom, including Cube and CubePro 3D printers that offer easy-to-use, affordable professional quality production capabilities. With the option to print using multiple colors and multiple materials, along with advanced materials portfolios, the Cube and CubePro series make desktop printing more accessible, user-friendly and productive than ever before. The company will also showcase its full educational packs consisting of 3D printers and software as well as Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) guided curriculum subscriptions and kits.
- Custom-designed parts manufacturing service, Quickparts, providing advanced manufacturing and prototyping solutions, using traditional and additive technologies, materials and finishing options. With instant online quoting and a global team of 3D printing experts committed to quality and customer service, Quickparts connects designers, engineers and manufacturers with a complete range of solutions from anywhere in the world, at any time.
- Engineering software and hardware tools that power the digital thread for manufacturing, including Geomagic Capture and Geomagic Design X 2016 for seamless scan-to-CAD modeling, Geomagic Freeform tools for precise organic design, GibbsCAM production machining software and CimatronE mould and tool design software.
- End-to-end healthcare solutions from the training room to the operating room, including simulation, training and planning, and 3D printed medical models, implants, prosthetics, braces as well as custom guides and devices used when precision is necessary for personalized surgery and care.
“The incredible portfolio of 3D products and services we are showcasing at CES is already transforming the world around us,” said Cathy Lewis, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, 3D Systems. “Our goal at CES 2016 is to put people in direct contact with the tools and technologies that they may have only heard about until now, and show them just how close they are to transforming potential into real outcomes.”