Recently unveiled and now set to draw a crowd at the 2005 National Manufacturing Week is the Spectrum Z510 3D printing system that can print and help engineers evaluate physical models of design concepts in their nearly finished state.
According to Z Corp. (www.zcorp.com), maker of Spectrum Z510, the new printer is the first high-definition color 3D printer on the market. Featuring the HD3DP[trademark] (high-definition 3D printing) technology from Z Corp., the Spectrum Z510 comes with four high-fidelity, 24-bit color print heads, which support 600 x 540 dpi (dots per inch) resolution that is key to achieving improved model surface finish
In 3D printing, models are created directly from digital data or CAD software. Layers of power are deposited, or printed, and each of these layer, or cross-section of the part being created, are bound and hardened by binding agent from the print head. The Spectrum Z510 can print two layers per minute. Each layer measures 0.0035-0.008 inch (0.089-0.203 mm) and the thickness is user-selectable at the time of printing.
Most commonly found in rapid prototyping, 3D printing is gaining use in other applications. Just three months ago, the ZPrinter 310, another 3D printer by Z Corp. for entry-level uses, was shown on the prime time show CSI:NY as a crime investigation tool (http://designnews.com/article/CA491464.html).
John Kawola, VP of Global Sales and Marketing, says Z Corp. has already received more than 100 orders for Spectrum Z510, which will be showcased at the companyís NMW booth, numbered 3222. An online demo is also available at http://zcorp.com/products/demo.asp?ID=2. In addition, the printer, which comes with a build size of 10 x 14 x 8 inches (254 x 356 x 203 mm), will be displayed at the SolidWorks pavilion, Booth 2516, during the NMW.
The Spectrum Z510 3D printing system from Z Corp. is capable of creating high-definition 24-bit color model such as this sneaker sole.