The versatility of 3D printers continues to expand itself with the latest possibility being injected into the global product line: ceramics. For so long, 3D printers were just limited to printing using plastics. While this created quite respectable objects in itself, their actual usefulness was somewhat limited to simple presentation aids, such as when showcasing a prototype to a prospective client. However, this isn’t the case any longer. It’s possible to print using different filaments, it’s possible to print food, and now it’s possible to print ceramics. There are two printers that are worth paying particular attention to. What are they? Let’s find out.
The Cubejet 3D Printer
3D Systems recently made an announcement that it’s set to preview the new, full-colour CubeJet 3D Printer. It comes in with a price tag just under $5,000 and uses ColorJet Printing technology that delivers high-resolution objects with striking detail and a particular attention to accuracy. However, it also boasts one particularly good thing about this type of 3D printer: objects have real uses in the world. Coffee mugs, plates, and bowls are all possible thanks to this printer.
This printer is expected to launch during the third or fourth quarter of 2014. There are no firm release dates as of yet as the printer is still in its beta testing phases. While the final issues are tweaked and worked out, the printing community will just have to wait and see what’s going to happen with this one!
The CeraJet 3D Printer
3D Systems also announced its newest ceramic printer, the CeraJet 3D printer. Weighing in at slightly more than the CubeJet in terms of its price tag, owners will be boasted to a larger build table that can accommodate much larger objects. This printer allows the detailed printing of larger pieces of pottery and ceramics. It is expected to cost in the sub $10,000 range and, like the CubeJet, will ship during the second half of 2014. Again, this is due to the printer being in its beta testing stages and its developers are working out the last of the kinks before shipping the printer.
When it comes to 3D printing, there’s certainly a growing demand towards the printing of objects that have real use. This is particularly useful for at home, desktop users who don’t necessarily need to print objects as prototypes to show to prospective clients, as they would in a business environment. It’s therefore believable that this sort of printer that specializes in ceramics will be a welcomed addition to many households. After all, plates and mugs break on a regular basis!