3D Systems, headquartered in Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA, have announced the availability of a new, advanced 3D printer, the 3DTouch(TM).
See this 3D printer in action
What does “available” mean?
For one thing, we can all go see it and touch it. It will be on display at TCT Live 2011 from September 27th-29th, 2011 at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, in stand number H11.
The new machine is for sale now, with prices starting at $3,900 US, or about £2500 UK. This makes it, according to the company, the most affordable color 3D printer in its category.
What’s new about it?
Rather a lot, actually. The 3DTouch has been designed to be accessible, easy to set up and simple to operate. It is also capable of printing in more than one material at a time as well as delivering more complex print geometries than 3D printers that have been widely available to this point.
The most significant new features include multiple print heads for more variety in colours and materials, a new, intuitive touchscreen interface, and USB storage.
“The 3DTouch makes personal manufacturing much easier,” says Andy McLaren, 3D Systems’ Director of Sales and Marketing. “Enhanced printability together with a better tablet-like user experience and USB storage makes the 3DTouch(TM) easy to operate and economical to own. Every new BFB(TM) 3D printer we bring to market underscores our commitment to democratize access and accelerate adoption of our 3D content-to-print solutions for the benefit of professionals and consumers alike.”
Who are 3D Systems?
This innovative company, founded in 1986, aims to transform the way people design, develop and manufacture new products by greatly reducing the time and resources needed to make things like concept models, prototypes and master patterns for tooling. In some cases, even end products can be generated from digital input like CAD files.
3D Systems have a worldwide network of 10 facilities, servicing operations in more than 80 countries. The company own the rights to more than 400 patents.