AT A GLANCE

The ProJet® MJP 5600 Printer

The ProJet® MJP 5600 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. File types include: .stl, .ctl, .obj, .ply, .zpr, .zbd, .amf, .wrl, .3ds, .fbx, .mjpddd, .bdz, .iges, .igs, .step, .stp and .slc,  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 is adhered to the print platform by means of the support material.

 

Touchscreen Control Panel

The ProJet® MJP 5600 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 10" 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 MDM holds two bottles of material.  This provides for a total of four bottles of support material and four bottles of build 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 MDM. The ProJet® MJP 5600 allows for the simultaneous use of two different part materials.

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The ProJet® MJP 5600 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 5600 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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3D SPRINT

3D SPRINT is a client workstation software package that is used to manipulate the .stl, .ctl, .obj etc. files that are subsequently sent to the ProJet® MJP 5600 as print jobs.  Print jobs cannot be submitted locally (at the 3D printer system itself), and must be submitted through 3D SPRINT.

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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 printer name, the 3D printer system type, software version and print time remaining. Depending on the tool selected, the toolbar section 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

Warm up Select this icon when the machine is in a Standby or Conserve state. This will begin warming the machine. warming icon.png

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

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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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Back Arrow Returns you back to the previous window back arrow.png
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Queue Displays the print files waiting to be printed Queue 1.png

History Displays the print history of the machine

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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.).

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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

 

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A Systems Information - Provides printer name, printer type and software version
B File Name - Displays name of the current build
C Build Quality - Indicates the build quality for the current print
D Alerts - Displays the current status of the printer
E Progress Bar - The solid bar shows the progress of warm-up time, printing time, bottle melt time or current progress of an operation. Text indicates time remaining of current progress.
F Menu Bar - Press the icons to gain access to additional printer controls
G Abort Build - When displayed red, press to abort the current build job
H Start/Pause - Press to place the printer on/off or to start/pause a build job
I Chamber Light - Toggles the chamber light on and off
J Build Time - Indicates the start time, total print time, remaining print time and finish time of the current build
K Material Status - Indicates the levels of the installed material

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.

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Print Queue : Press the next arrow.png key to access the specific print job. The edit keys allow you to delete, copy and change the order of the print jobs.

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

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.

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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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A

Indicates a partially full support material bottle. The larger icon indicates the active support material bottle in the upper MDM.

B

Indicates a full support material bottle. The smaller icon indicates the inactive support material bottle in the upper MDM.

C

Indicates there are no support material bottles present in this position.

D

Indicates a full support material bottle. The smaller icon indicates the inactive support material bottle in the lower MDM.

E

Provides specific information about the selected support material bottle.

F

Indicates a full part material bottle. The larger icon indicates the active part material bottle in the upper MDM.

G

Indicates a partially full support material bottle. The smaller icon indicates the inactive support material bottle in the upper MDM.

H

Indicates a full part material bottle. The larger icon indicates the active part material bottle in the lower MDM.

I

Indicates there are no part material bottles present in this position.

J

Provides specific information about the selected part material bottle.

Tools Screen

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

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Print Diagnostics: Allows you to select the Quick Test Print, Drop Mass, Tag Test, Verification, and Saber Angle.

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Printer Info: Provides information about the Control Version, Print3D Version, Machine Type, IP Address, Mac Address and Serial Number.

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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.

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Material Change Wizard: If a different material is needed, the Material Change Wizard purges the old material out of the 3D printer system and primes the system with newly chosen material.

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Printer Shutdown: Press on the tab to shutdown the 3D printer system.  Press the tab to reboot the 3D printer system or to restart the 3D printer system software.

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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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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. 

Material Changeover 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. This function can be found under the Admin Email tab.

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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 will be assigned by the customers IT department.

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Select Machine: 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.

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

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