AT A GLANCE

 

The ProJet MJP 5500X Printer

The ProJet MJP 5500X is a multi-jet 3D printing system. The solid imaging 3D printer system produces plastic prototype parts from 3D solid Computer-Aided Design (CAD) models.  The primary components are the touchscreen, build chamber, material delivery modules (MDMs), and waste drawers. 

The three dimensional solid parts built by the 3D printer system consist of one support material and one (or two) part materials. The support material is a wax based material providing adhesion to the print platform, as well as, providing supports for the part material to build the model.

The part material used to build parts is an ultraviolet (UV) curable material. After a layer of material is deposited in the build chamber, the part is exposed to a UV flash lamp. The UV energy is absorbed by the material converting the liquid build material to a solid polymer. When the build is complete the part (consisting of two part materials) is adhered to the print platform by means of the support material.

 

Touchscreen Control Panel
The ProJet MJP 5500X touchscreen control panel provides a graphical user interface (GUI) for the user.  With the exception of submitting print jobs, the touchscreen control panel provides full control of the 3D printer system including:

  • Set up
  • Selecting, starting, pausing and aborting print jobs 
  • Diagnostics
  • Test prints and demo prints

The full functionality of the touchscreen control panel is described later in this chapter.  

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Material Delivery Modules (MDM) and Waste Drawers

The 3D printer system has a total of four material delivery modules (MDM), shown open in the figure below. There are two MDMs for support material (left side) and two MDMs for part material (right side).  Each material delivery module, (MDM) holds two bottles of material.  This provides for a total of four bottles of support material and four bottles of part material.

The support material is delivered in 1.75 kg. plastic bottles and the part material is delivered in 2 kg. plastic bottles.  The bottles are placed in the machine’s material delivery modules (MDM).  Support MDMs are located on the left side of the machine and the part MDMs are located on the right side of the machine.  The ProJet MJP 5500X allows for the simultaneous use of two different part materials.

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The ProJet MJP 5500X has two waste drawers, (left and right).  The waste drawers are located adjacent to the upper MDMs and can be accessed by opening the MDM.  The right waste drawer collects waste from the waste tank and the left waste drawer (not shown), collects waste from the Head Maintenance Station, (HMS).

 

Build Chamber

The figure below shows the ProJet MJP 5500X with the build chamber door open.  The user will access the build chamber to install a print platform before each build and to remove the completed parts at the completion of a build.  The build chamber door is equipped with an interlock which prevents the user from accessing the build chamber during a build.  This prevents the user from access to moving parts and protects the user from exposure to the UV curing lamps
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ProJet MJP 5500X Software

Print3D software is a windows applications that allows you to control the ProJet MJP 5500X from your computer.  Print3D provides all of the same control and functionality that is provided at the touchscreen located on the 3D printer system itself.

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3DSPRINT

3DSPRINT is a software package that is used to manipulate the .STL files that are subsequently sent to the ProJet MJP 5500X as print jobs.  Print jobs cannot be submitted locally, (at the 3D printer system itself) and must be submitted through 3DSPRINT..

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Touchscreen Control Panel

Throughout this document, the touchscreen control panel will be referred to as the “touchscreen”.

The top portion of the touchscreen displays the name, the 3D printer system type, the current date and time. Depending on the tool selected, the midsection of the touchscreen will display various screens in relation to the selected tool. The tool buttons allow the user to perform various tasks and provides printing information during the printing process.

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INDICATION & NAVIGATION ICONS

Delete Select a print job and press this key to delete the print job from the print queue.

Copy  Select a print job and press this key to duplicate the print job.  

The duplicate will appear in the print queue.

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Move to Top  Select a print job and press this key to move the print

job to the first position in the print queue.

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Move Up  Select a print job and press this key to move the print job

“up” one position in the print queue.

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Move Down  Select a print job and press this key to move the print

job “down” one position in the print queue.

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The touchscreen also provides a pop-up keypad for entering any required data.  For example, the network screen requires data to be entered for each field, (3D printer system Name, IP Address, etc.).

To enter the name, press the data field adjacent to Printer Name.  The keypad is displayed.  Enter the text needed and press the Enter key.

To enter the IP Address, press the data field adjacent to “IP Address”. The keypad is displayed.  Press the 123 key to enter numeric data.  When the field is complete, press the Enter key.

 

STATUS SCREEN

Print Name: Name of the current print job.
Print Mode: Current print job mode
Print sender: Computer name of the client that sent the print job.
Estimate: Print Time: Time estimate in hours, minutes, seconds or how long the job will take to print
Print Start: Time stamp when the print started (below the print start, a sub line with show the elapsed print time)
Estimated Print End: Time stamp when the print will end (below the print end, a sub line will show the remaining print time)
Progress Bar: Indicates the amount of progress when warming up or the amount of progress when printing.
Message: Displays a 3D printer system’s state and status messages.

 

 

Settings Screen

The settings screen allows you to select the 3D printer system you want to use, configure the network settings for that 3D printer system, configure the user interface that is presented and configure the recipients and type of alerts that will be issued.
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Select Printer: The user can select from the list of 3D printer systems that are presented on the touchscreen.  After selecting a 3D printer system, press the Use button.  After communication with the selected 3D printer system is established, the 3D printer system name is displayed in the Current Printer field.

 

Network: This screen displays the network set up of the selected 3D printer system and also allows the settings to be changed.  The network settings for a 3D printer system should only be changed by the IT department.

 

User Interface: Displays the font size, language and the color scheme of the touchscreen.

 

Alerts:  press “Alerts” to display e-mail alerts, machine e-mail  and administrator e-mail.  
E-mail Alert:  You can control e-mail alerts by sliding the “On” button to receive alerts or sliding to “Off” to stop alerts. 
Machine E-mail: Provides the e-mail server set up of the 3D printer system that is currently being used.
Admin Email: Admin of the network, can control email alerts by sliding the “On/Off” button to avoid notification of various 3D printer system states.
Send a Test Email: After network and email setup is completed, a test email can be sent to your email to ensure that the machine email and the admin email are communicating.

 

Print Screen
Print Queue: When you press Prints on the Menu Bar, the touchscreen presents the Print Queue window.  All print jobs that have been submitted to the 3D printer system are listed.  

This window displays all the build files by name and mode.  Press the arrow key for a print job to display specific details about the print.

 

Print Queue - Edit Mode: Press the Edit key to access the edit icons.   Select a print job and the edit keys allow you to delete, copy and change the order of the print jobs.
 

Delete Select a print job and press this key to delete the print job from the print queue.

Copy  Select a print job and press this key to duplicate the print job.  

The duplicate will appear in the print queue.

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Move to Top  Select a print job and press this key to move the print

job to the first position in the print queue.

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Move Up  Select a print job and press this key to move the print job

“up” one position in the print queue.

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Move Down  Select a print job and press this key to move the print

job “down” one position in the print queue.

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Print History: Press the History key and the touchscreen will show all print jobs that have been submitted to the 3D printer system.

When selecting the arrow beside the print name, a window will open displaying print name, print mode, estimated/actual print time, estimated/actual part material use, estimated/actual support material use.  If the file has been printed, this window will also display the print start and completed/aborted time.

 

Materials Screen

The material screen represents the 3D printer system’s four Material Delivery Modules, (MDM) and provides information for each material bottle position within the MDM. 

Touch the screen to select a particular bottle and Information for that bottle is displayed in the support material or part material message boxes.  

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Tools Screen

This screen will provide diagnostic information about the 3D printer system.

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Print Diagnostics: Allows you to select the build mode, test a print and perform a demo print.

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Printer Info: Provides information about the control software version, Print3D software version, 3D printer system type and its address.

 

Printer Usage: Provides 3D printer system usage information in hours, minutes, and seconds.  Also indicates the amount of part and build material that have been used.

 

Material Changeout Wizard: If a material swap is needed, the Material Changeover Wizard purges the old material out of the 3D printer system.

 

Printer Shutdown: Click on the arrow key to shutdown the 3D printer system.  Click the arrow keys to reboot the 3D printer system or to restart the 3D printer system software.