Z Corporation is the only company that makes a full-colour 3D printer, an output device that transforms electronic 3D data into handheld physical models. Colour dramatically communicates the proposed look, feel and style of engineering product designs and architectural concepts, and vividly renders landscapes, electronic entertainment objects, and medical information. The ZPrinter 450, however, introduces various new capabilities for a colour 3D printer, including:
Automated operation: The ZPrinter 450 simplifies the 3D printing process with automated operation at every step. New features include automatic setup, powder loading, and self-monitoring of materials and print status. The full-colour 3D printer automatically removes and recycles loose powder.
Time saving: Automated operation and new quick-change material cartridges reduce touch time by 40 percent. The ZPrinter 450 also produces colour in a new way with a single tri-colour print head instead of multiple print heads, reducing cost and enabling 66 percent faster changes.
Office friendly: The ZPrinter 450 is optimised for a front-office environment. It is quiet, uses safe build materials, employs negative pressure and a closed loop system to contain airborne particles, and produces zero liquid waste. New no-touch powder and binder cartridges enable clean loading of build materials.
An integrated fine-powder removal chamber reduces the footprint of the system. Unlike 3D printers that attach support structures to models that later require removal with dangerous razors or chemical baths, the ZPrinter 450 supports models with loose powder that is removed automatically. These capabilities make the ZPrinter 450 as safe and unobtrusive as a standard copier.
Desktop and printer control: Users can control the ZPrinter 450 from either the desktop or 3D printer itself. New ZPrint software lets users monitor powder, binder, and ink levels from their desktops, and remotely read the machine’s LCD display. The expanded on-board printer display and interface enables users to perform more operations at the machine.