The Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 Multi-Color Printer with Prototypes
3D printer manufacturer, Stratasys, unveiled the world’s first multi-color, multi-material 3D printer called the Objet500 Connex3. The new technology enables a fast creation of objects made from unlimited combinations of soft, rigid and transparent materials and coloring without the need for manufacturing and assembling their components.
As our researchers have closely watched the 3D printing space, we have been particularly interested in what was happening with color. Specifically the previously narrow color gamut and how that there were few possibilities one would have when prototyping products with one of these machines.
This new printing technology opens up those possibilities significantly!
Though an incredible breakthrough in capability, the current color combinations available with this new printer offer only 10 color palettes, each with 45 or 46 hues. While obviously still limited for finished goods, these devices are not production machines (yet) and so the palettes may-or-may-not be limiting for you as you prototype with them.
For more on color and other aspects of this printer technology, download the Stratasys Multi-Color White Paper (PDF) or view their website section on the new Objet500 Connex3.
More information is in their press release below…
January 26, 2014
Stratasys Redefines Product Design
and Manufacturing with World’s First
Color Multi-material 3D Printer
The new Objet500 Connex3 is the world’s most versatile
3D printer, delivering unparalleled color product realism.
MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS), a manufacturer of 3D printers and materials for personal use, prototyping, and production, today announced the launch of the ground-breaking Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer, the first and only 3D printer to combine colors with multi-material 3D printing.
A game-changer for product design, engineering and manufacturing processes, the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer features a unique 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 to achieve the characteristics of an assembled part without assembly or painting is a significant time-saver. It helps product manufacturers validate designs and make good decisions earlier before committing to manufacturing, and bring products to market faster.
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