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ProJet 1200 3D Printer: This tiny, resin-cartridge-fed printer is designed for jewelers and dentists.
Image by Brian Kaldorf.

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ProJet 1200
cubify.com/en/ProJet
Price as Tested $4,900
Build Volume 43x27x150mm
Z Resolution 30 microns (0.03 mm)
XY Resolution 56 microns (0.056 mm)
Projector Resolution LED DLP, effective 585 dpi
Materials VisiJet FTX Green UV curable, castable resin
Print Untethered? Kickoff via USB, wi-fi
Software Geomagic Print
OS Windows only
Open Software? No
Open Hardware? No

At long last, 3D-printing industry giant 3D Systems has entered the desktop SLA market with the ProJet 1200. With a sleek form factor, it is about the size of a mini breadmaker, and it packs a fair bit of technology inside.

SIMPLE, SELF-CONTAINED, NETWORKED DLP

This DLP-based system has a small resin-curing pico projector in its base, and a built-in, post-curing station, which curiously is not large enough to hold a print the height of the build area. Onboard controls are limited to a simple, two-line LCD display and a single green, glowing button. It’s possible to send files over USB, but we found it was happiest when networked and receiving files over wi-fi.

TINY MACHINE FOR MAKER PROS

At 43×27×100mm the build area is tiny, but it needs to be due to its design. Unlike the B9 and Form 1+, it does not have a layer-separating mechanism to assist in print release between layers, limiting successful prints to very small objects or ones that have a small, cross-sectional surface area. That said, it’s explicitly targeted at a maker-pro audience of jewelers and dentists who typically work small and use investment-casting processes that require clean burnout. The convenient, but costly ($490 for a pack of 10) prepackaged VisiJet FTX Green no-ash burnout resin cartridges and $4,900 price tag reflect this focus.

FIRMWARE MISHAPS AND GEOMAGIC PRINT

After installing Geomagic Print and powering up the machine, we were prompted for a firmware update, which bricked the unit. After multiple frustrating instances of unplugging, powering down and USB reconnecting, it became operational again. We also had some issues with failed prints with large flat bottom surfaces until we got the hang of the workflow.

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PRO TIPS
– If model has large, flat bottom surfaces, angle slightly with “Interactive Transform.” Click “Auto Support.” Turn view to bottom, select “Manual Support,” and drag slider to “Large.” Add extra supports and click print.
– Don’t try to pick failed prints out of the cartridge, you many puncture it and make a mess.
– Geomagic print expects a raft and offsets the Z 0.09 by default, modifiable in preferences.
– For better print adhesion, try roughing up the build platform.
WHY TO BUY
Compact, easy-to-use, networked, maker-pro-ready SLA targeted at jewelers and dentists. Resin that burns out cleanly, designed for metal casting. No fishing around in a vat for failed print floaties, just pop in another cartridge.

The Windows-only software has all the simple and most of the advanced features you’d expect, but support customizability felt limited compared to the extensive support-manipulation options available in the B9 Creator and Preform software.

CONCLUSION

Advanced features aside, it’s very easy to use, and there’s no resin to pour. Pop in and lock down a resin cartridge, load the build platform, and prep and print.