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Materialise and 3D Systems Partner to Improve Color 3D Printing Experience

3D Printing pioneers Materialise and 3D Systems have joined in a partnership to allow customers to utilize Materialise Build Processor software in 3D Systems’ ProJet CJP full color machines. This partnership is a milestone moment, representing a shift towards increased collaboration to deliver innovative solutions within the 3D printing industry.

ColorJet Printing (CJP) is an additive manufacturing technology which involves two major components – core and binder.  The Core™ material is spread in thin layers over the build platform with a roller.  After each layer is spread, color binder is selectively jetted from inkjet print heads, which causes the core to solidify. The build platform lowers with every subsequent layer which is spread and printed, resulting in a full-color three-dimensional model.

“We are pleased that this collaboration with Materialise will enable our ProJet CJP printer customers who use Materialise software to have a streamlined workflow and more efficient overall solution,” said Jim Ruder, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Plastics for 3D Systems.

Materialise and 3D Systems will leverage several decades of experience in the 3D printing industry to develop a customized Build Processor to integrate the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite with 3D Systems ProJet CJP machines. The Build Processor will reduce the complexity and increase efficiency of developing 3D printing workflows for 3D Systems customers using Materialise solutions with CJP printers.

“Customers across the board will reap the benefits of our partnership with 3D Systems and increased collaboration with organizations both within and outside of the 3D printing industry,” said Fried Vancraen, founder and CEO of Materialise. “We are pleased to solidify our relationship, which dates back to 1990 when I bought my first 3D Systems printer. This is good news for customers, as it links Materialise’s powerful software backbone with 3D Systems’ ColorJet Printing technology.”

With more than 27 years of experience in 3D printing, Materialise has become the partner of choice for companies interested in the benefits of 3D printing, providing technical expertise and technology to implement end to end solutions for their customers. Fortune 500 companies, including HP, Siemens, GE and many others rely on Materialise for their 3D printing software and service needs.

Anthony Lowder

Anthony has been following the industry since 2010. He works with the editorial team and is responsible for co-ordinating and publishing digital content on our international website. As well as following the tech landscape, he is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist and music producer.

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