3D Systems

Headquartered in Rock Hill, South Carolina, 3D Systems was founded by Chuck Hull, the inventor and patent-holder of the first stereolithography (SLA) rapid prototyping system in 1986.

In 1989, 3D Systems invented and commercialized 3D printing with its stereolithography printer. 3D Systems creates product concept models, master patterns for tooling, precision and functional prototypes, as well as production parts for direct digital manufacturing. The company uses proprietary processes to fabricate physical objects using input from computer-aided design and manufacturing software, or 3D scanning and 3D sculpting devices.

As the originator of 3D printing and a pioneer of future 3D solutions, 3D Systems has spent its 30-year history enabling professionals and companies to optimize their designs, transform their workflows, bring innovative products to market and drive new business models. Its products transform entire industries by empowering professionals and consumers everywhere to bring their ideas to life using its vast material selection, including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles.

“Methods brings a deep understanding of metalworking manufacturing applications and a strong commitment to service and support, and will extend our coverage to new customers looking to integrate digital fabrication solutions into their traditional manufacturing processes,” said Mark Wright, Chief Operating Officer, 3DS.

The company’s comprehensive range of 3D printers is the industry’s benchmark for production-grade manufacturing in aerospace, automotive, patient-specific medical devices and a variety of consumer and electronic products. 3DS’ products and services surpass traditional methods, deliver enhanced results and empower its customers to manufacture the future now.

Direct Metal Printing (DMP) | 3D Systems

Direct Metal Printing uses additive manufacturing technology. In the machine, a high-precision laser is directed to metal powder particles in order to selectively build up thin subsequent horizontal metal layers. The metal powder particles pinpointed by the laser quickly and fully melt so that the new material properly attaches to the previous layer, without glue or binder liquid.

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) | 3D Systems

Selective Laser Sintering technology uses a laser to harden and bond small grains of plastic, ceramic, glass, metal (we talk in a different article about direct metal sintering), or other materials into layers in a 3D dimensional structure. The laser traces the pattern of each cross section of the 3D design onto a bed of powder. After one layer is built, the bed lowers and another layer is built on top of the existing layers. The bed then continues to lower until every layer is built and the part is complete.

Stereolithography (SLA) | 3D Systems

Stereolithography offers the most accurate type of fit/form prototype for the verification of any design before committing to your chosen production route. Its high accuracy and good surface finish makes it the preferred choice for designer models, engineering verification and master patterns for silicone rubber molds.

MultiJet Printers (MJP) | 3D Systems

MultiJet Printing is an inkjet printing process that uses piezo printhead technology to deposit either photocurable plastic resin or casting wax materials layer by layer. MJP is used to build parts, patterns and molds with fine feature detail to address a wide range of applications. These high-resolution printers are economical to own and operate and use a separate, meltable or dissolvable support material to make post-processing a breeze. Another big benefit is that removing support material is virtually a hands-free operation and allows even the most delicate features and complex internal cavities to be thoroughly cleaned without damage.

Customer Service and Parts Support:

Email customer service department at: service@methods3d.com
Email parts department at: parts@methods3d.com

3D Systems Products View All

ProX DMP 320

Direct Metal Printing (DMP)

  • Easily Scalable for High Volume Part Production
  • Complete Control over your Production
  • Complete Design Freedom
  • Includes Cooling and Powder Recycling Systems

ProJet 3600

MultiJet Printers (MJP)

  • Finishing MJP Parts is as Easy as Melting Wax
  • High Resolution
  • Comes with an Industrial-grade Print Head
  • Prints Accurate Parts that Maintain Integrity Over Time

sPRO 230

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)

  • High-resolution
  • Durable Thermoplastic Parts
  • Exceptional Accuracy of Digital Imaging 

ProJet 7000 SD/HD

Stereolithography (SLA)

  • Wide Choice of Materials
  • USP Class VI Certified Material Available
  • Accuracy of up to 0.001 inches per inch of Part Dimension
  • Super-fast Stereolithography Technology
  • 3D Manage Software Provided

ProJet 5500X

MultiJet Printers (MJP)

  • More Material Options
  • Produces Most Accurate Multi-material Parts
  • High Throughput
  • Features Fast Build Speeds
  • Hands-free Post Processing

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3D Systems

3D Systems is pairing great minds with great capabilities to push the limits of what’s possible. From concept to creation, 3D scan to 3D print, prototype to production, our digital manufacturing solutions are enabling innovators to view the world as a field of open possibilities.

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