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Durable Rubber Like Material for the ProJet 5500X

With the strength of an expanded materials selection, the ProJet 5500X excels in a variety of applications, including overmolded parts, multi-material assemblies, rubber-like components, long-lasting living hinges and high temperature testing. The ProJet 5500X creates composites on the fly, layer by layer at the pixel level, allowing customers to create multiple material parts without the time and expense of assembly. The ProJet 5500X also boasts a 60% larger volume than comparable systems and includes 3DS’ exclusive five-year print head warranty saving tens of thousands of dollars in service and operating costs versus other printers in its class.

“3D printing is all about expanding options, enabling creativity and getting rid of manufacturing boundaries,” said Buddy Byrum, Vice President, Product and Channel Management, 3DS. “With the new VisiJet elastomers for the ProJet 5500X, we’re granting new degrees of freedom for manufacturers, designers and engineers—the freedom to make prototypes and end-use parts with specific properties that are fully functional and tough. That means real parts in less time with engineered performance.”

The ProJet 5500X’s new VisiJet elastomers are tough, function-grade, flexible materials, available in black and translucent in early 2015. Combining the new materials with either the VisiJet ABS-like white or VisiJet polycarbonate-like clear materials, the ProJet 5500X can create up to 14 unique materials in a single print, so it’s easier than ever to produce working prototypes and end-use parts. Mechanical properties for the new elastomers range from a shore A value starting at 30 and rise in increments of 10, allowing for precise selection of properties to fit specific application requirements.

3DS will preview these new materials at EuroMold 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany from November 25-28, 2014, at the Messe Frankfurt in booths D69 and F90 in hall 11, along with 3DS’ latest 3D printers, advanced material options, cloud-sourced custom parts and digital thread of 3D capture, creation, print and inspection tools.

For more details on 3DS’ announcements at EuroMold 2014, please visit  Also join 3D Systems’ President and CEO, Avi Reichental, for a broadcast of 3DS’ extensive showing at EuroMold starting on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. EST by visiting and clicking on the broadcast link.