3D Systems (DDD +3.3%) has unveiled two new printers for its high-end ProJet line: the 4500 and 5500X. The former is called "the first and only continuous-tone, full-color plastic 3D printer available on the market," and the latter is said to print objects featuring "the highest quality, most accurate and toughest multi-material composites." (PRs: I, II)
3D adds the 4500 prints semi-rigid plastic parts on a pixel-by-pixel basis in "high-resolution, pantone-like color," and that the 5500X prints twice as fast and produces 60% more volume than rival printers.
The 4500 uses 3D's ColorJet Printing platform, and the 5500X its MultiJet Printing platform. Both are the fruits of an R&D budget that has grown rapidly as of late, following criticism 3D hasn't been spending enough on product development.
Though its consumer/enthusiast-focused Cube printer line gets more press, the ProJet line still accounts for a much larger portion of 3D's printer sales.