The new Objet500 Connex3 is the versatile 3D printer, delivering color product realism.
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Bike helmet 3D printed on the Objet500 Connex3 Color in one print job using VeroCyan, VeroMagenta, and VeroYellow (Photo: Stratasys Ltd.)
Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS), today launched of the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer, the first and only 3D printer to combine colors with multi-material 3D printing.
The Objet500 features a triple-jetting technology that combines droplets of three base materials to produce parts with virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible, and transparent color materials as well as color digital materials – all in a single print run.
This ability helps product manufacturers validate designs and make good decisions earlier before committing to manufacturing, and bring products to market faster.
StratasysCEO David Reis says. “I believe our new Color Multi-material 3D Printer will transform the way our customers design, engineer and manufacture new products. In general and with the Connex technology in particular”.
Engineers at beta user Trek Bicycle in Waterloo, Wisconsin are using the Objet500 for assessment and testing of accessories like bike chain stay guards and handlebar grips prior to actual production.
Mike Zeigle, manager of Trek’s prototype development group says, “Now we produce bicycle parts that look and feel like production parts. We are particularly excited about 3D printing our models directly in color. This gives our designers the ability to graphically display color contact pressure map data on rider contact parts like seats and grips. We are also working on doing the same with FEA & CFD stress data on structural bike components, ” adds Zeigle.
Similar to a 2D inkjet printer, three color materials – VeroCyan, VeroMagenta and VeroYellow – are combined to produce hundreds of vivid colors. These color materials join Stratasys’ extensive range of PolyJet photopolymer materials including digital materials, rigid, rubber-like, transparent, and high temperature materials to simulate standard and high temperature engineering plastics.
Featuring a large build envelope, the printer is ideal for high capacity production. Print jobs can run with about 30kg of resin per cycle and as fine as 16 micron layers for models with superior surface finish and ultra-fine detail.
The Objet500 also features six palettes for new rubber-like Tango colors, ranging from opaque to transparent colors in various shore values to address markets such as automotive, consumer and sporting goods and fashion. (The Flexible Materials in Color are expected to be commercially available in Q2/2014).
Stratasys VP of product marketing and sales operations Igal Zeitun says, “The Objet500 produces vivid colors so you can create colorful models from investigating concepts to pre-production pilot runs.
As the first true multi-purpose 3D printer, we believe the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer is in a league of its own, enabling you to dream up a product in the morning, and hold it in your hands by the afternoon, with the exact intended color, material properties and surface finish.”