Important Terms

Alignment - The proper positioning or state of adjustment of components in relation to each other

Binder - VisiJet PXL liquid binder is dispensed through the HP11 print head and applied to the VisiJet PXL Core material. The binder saturation value will vary depending on the part geometry. The 3DPrint software uses a default core and shell saturation value that is suitable for most part geometries.

Build Bed - The area in front of the Feeder where the part is printed. The platform of the Build Bed can be raised or lowered using the appropriate command on the printer LCD menu. Before each build, the printer fills the Build Bed with VisiJet PXL Core and then spreads a final layer of Core to ensure the surface of the Build Bed is completely smooth.

Build Chamber - The interior of the printer that houses the Build Bed, Service Station, the Debris Separator, the Carriage, the Fast Axis assembly, the Vacuum Hose, and the Feeder.

Carriage - Assembly that houses the Print Head and its Pogo Pin Connectors.

Consumables - VisiJet PXL Core, VisiJet PXL binder, and the infiltrants that are used (wax, salt water, ColorBond, StrengthMax). All consumables have been developed for the fastest printing speeds and lowest materials costs.

Core - VisiJet PXL Core is the white powder material used for building parts. Core is also defined as the center of a printed part.

Debris Separator - Located in the Build Chamber. Its function is to prevent chunks or particles from going back into the printer Feeder during any vacuuming operation.

Deck - Area surrounding the Build Bed.

Feeder - Printer component that stores PXL Core. Core that is vacuumed up after a build, or Core that is manually emptied from the Build Bed, is recycled and returned to the Feeder for reuse.

Fast Axis - Printer component that houses the Carriage and the Fast Axis rails on which the Carriage moves. The Fast Axis moves on the Slow Axis rails which are housed beneath the Build Chamber Deck.

Infiltration - Process of applying various post-processing products (resins, wax, epoxy, etc.) to fully cleaned parts to give them specific properties such as strength and durability.

LCD - Liquid Crystal Display.

Platform - The metal plate in the Build Bed. The platform (or Build Platform) can be raised or lowered by selecting the appropriate command on the printer LCD menu. The Build Platform is also removable for ease of moving delicate parts to the Core Recycling Unit (ProJet 160/260C only).

Pogo Pins - Gold contact pins for the print head contacts. Clean the Pogo Pins with an alcohol swab whenever a print head is removed, cleaned, or replaced.

Print Head - There is one HP11 Print Head for the ProJet 160 and 360. It prints the pattern of the part by squirting tiny drops of PXL Binder onto the PXL Core material. When a new HP11 print head is installed, the printer runs an automatic purge cycle to clean the print head of its ink and to prepare it for dispensing binder. Note: Only HP11 model C4810A Black cartridges can be used.

The ProJet 260C and 460Plus also use an HP 57 color print head. It applies colored ink to the outside of the part.

Print Head Contacts - The contact points on a print head cartridge that match up with the Pogo Pins.

Purge - Process of removing ink from the HP11 print head to prepare it for dispensing PXL Binder.

Service Station - Cleans the print head jets to remove residue that accumulates during printing. It is extremely important to clean the Service Station after every build to remove residue buildup. If the Service Station is not clean, your print head will not get properly cleaned and this will result in shortened print head life.

Slow Axis - Printer component that moves the Fast Axis front to back and is housed beneath the Build Chamber Deck.

Waste Tray - Absorbs the binder waste and will require changing only when you are prompted to in 3DPrint. Located at the bottom rear of the printer after removing the rear panel.