By DE Editors
Z Corporation (Burlington, MA) has announced the ZPrinter 450, itsnewest color 3D printer. The ZPrinter 450 is optimized for afront-office environment: It is quiet, uses safe build materials, andemploys “negative pressure” and a closed loop system to containairborne particles. Even when a model requires supports, the ZPrinter450 It produces no liquid waste to remove them, and the ZPrinter 450′spowder and binder cartridges cleanly load, keeping users away from thebuild materials.
The ZPrinter 450, says Z Corporation, introduces first-evercapabilities for a color 3D printer, such as automated setup andself-monitoring of materials and print status. The ZPrinter 450 uses aloose powder for model support structures and automatically removesthat loose powder upon completion of the model without liquid baths.Additionally, the ZPrinter 450 has an integrated fine-powder removalchamber that reduces the footprint of the system.
The ZPrinter 450 produces color using a single tri-color printheadinstead of multiple printheads. You can control the ZPrinter 450 fromyour desktop or a display panel on the printer itself. Its ZPrintsoftware lets you monitor powder, binder, and ink levels from yourdesktops, and remotely read the machine’s LCD display.
The ZPrinter 450, according to the company, produces models andprototypes at a cost of approximately $3 per cubic inch. Printersolution is 300 x 450 dpi.
Z Corporation anticipates that the ZPrinter 450 will ship early in thesecond quarter of this year. Pricing will be $39,900. For completedetails, click here.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.