Z Corporation Unveils 3D Color Printer With Breakthrough Affordability, Ease of Use, and Office Compatibility



    
    Z Corporation's ZPrinter 450 Makes Color Accessible to More Businesses and
    Schools
    

    BURLINGTON, Mass., March 5 /CNW/ -- Z Corporation today took another
giant step in its mission to make high-definition color 3D printing available
to the masses with the release of the ZPrinter(R) 450. The new machine is the
first color 3D printer to break the $40,000 price point, the most highly
automated, and the most compatible with contemporary office environments.
    
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    Z Corp. is the only company that makes a full-color 3D printer, an output
device that transforms electronic 3D data into handheld physical models. Color
dramatically communicates the proposed look, feel and style of engineering
product designs and architectural concepts, and vividly renders landscapes,
electronic entertainment objects, and medical information. The ZPrinter 450,
however, introduces first-ever capabilities for a color 3D printer, including:

    Automated operation: The ZPrinter 450 simplifies the 3D printing process
with automated operation at every step. New features include automatic setup,
powder loading, and self-monitoring of materials and print status. For the
first time, a 3D printer automatically removes and recycles loose powder.

    Time saving: Automated operation and new quick-change material cartridges
reduce touch time by 40 percent. The ZPrinter 450 also produces color in a new
way with a single tri-color print head instead of multiple print heads,
reducing cost and enabling 66 percent faster changes.

    Office friendly: The ZPrinter 450 is optimized for a front-office
environment. It is quiet, uses safe build materials, employs "negative
pressure" and a closed loop system to contain airborne particles, and produces
zero liquid waste. New "no-touch" powder and binder cartridges enable clean
loading of build materials. An integrated fine-powder removal chamber reduces
the footprint of the system. And unlike 3D printers that attach support
structures to models that later require removal with dangerous razors or
chemical baths, the ZPrinter 450 supports models with loose powder that is
removed automatically. These capabilities make the ZPrinter 450 as safe and
unobtrusive as a standard copier.

    Desktop and printer control: Users can control the ZPrinter 450 from
either the desktop or 3D printer itself. New ZPrint(TM) software lets users
monitor powder, binder, and ink levels from their desktops, and remotely read
the machine's LCD display. The expanded on-board printer display and interface
enables users to perform more operations than ever at the machine.

    Speed, cost-effectiveness and precision: Like its predecessors, the
ZPrinter 450 produces models and prototypes five to 10 times faster than
competing printers at half the cost. Models cost about $3 per cubic inch -
one-half to one-sixth the cost of competitors. It prints in high-quality 300 x
450 dpi.

    "The integrated powder removal system is a very big step forward for the
technology and company," said industry consultant and analyst Terry Wohlers of
Wohlers Associates. "When considering it, and the easier loading of the binder
and inkjet cartridges, the ZPrinter 450 becomes very compelling for under
$40,000. Many organizations that before were unsure about whether to purchase
a color 3D printer will now have much more motivation to get one."
    The new lower price tag puts high-definition 3D color printing within the
range of small-to-medium engineering businesses and divisions, many of which
currently spend thousands to outsource 3D physical model making to service
bureaus. The price also makes 3D printing more affordable for college and
university engineering departments.
    "The ZPrinter 450 delivers on our "3D Printing Bill of Rights," which
holds that 3D printing should be fast, easy, affordable, and office-friendly,
like printing on paper," said Tom Clay, Z Corp. CEO. "Just as 2D printer
breakthroughs like color and print quality became commonplace, the ZPrinter
450's unique qualities will eventually permeate our entire product line,
making 3D printing increasingly accessible to all."
    Other 3D printers in the Z Corp. product line are the ZPrinter 310 Plus,
a monochrome entry-level rapid prototyping system, and the top-of-the-line
Spectrum Z(R)510, which prints in 24-bit color and delivers the highest
resolution, largest build size, and access to the greatest range of build
materials.

    
    Pricing, Availability
    
    The ZPrinter 450 is available in early Q2 through Z Corp.'s worldwide
reseller network for a United States manufacturer's suggested retail price of
$39,900 USD.

    
    About Z Corporation
    
    Z Corporation makes products that enable users to capture, edit, and
print 3D data with unprecedented speed, ease, versatility and affordability.
These products include the world's fastest high-definition 3D printers -
machines that produce physical 3D models from digital data in full color - and
uniquely portable 3D scanners - handheld machines that digitize 3D surfaces in
real time. Z Corp. technology is enabling a wide range of applications in
manufacturing, architecture, civil engineering, reverse engineering,
geographic information systems (GIS), medicine and entertainment. For the
latest news and information from Z Corp., visit the company's Web site at
www.zcorp.com.

    
     CONTACT: KEVIN LACH           CHARNA CUMMINGS
     Z CORPORATION                 BEAUPRE & CO. PUBLIC RELATIONS
     +1 781-852-5086               + 1 603-559-5837
     KLACH@ZCORP.COM               CCUMMINGS@BEAUPRE.COM
     WWW.ZCORP.COM

    




For further information:

For further information: Kevin Lach of Z Corporation, +1-781-852-5086,
or  klach@zcorp.com; or Charna Cummings of Beaupre & Co. Public relations, 
+1-603-559-5837, or ccummings@beaupre.com

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