Stratasys announced the launch of the new Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-Material 3D Printer, the company's first printer to combine colors with multi-material 3D printing.
The printer features a new 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.
"Stratasys' goal is to help our customers revolutionize their design and manufacturing processes," said Stratasys CEO David Reis. "I believe our new Objet500 Connex3 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, we will continue to push the envelope of what's possible in a 3D world."
Similar to a 2D inkjet printer, three color materials (VeroCyan, VeroMagenta and VeroYellow) are combined to produce hundreds of different colors. These color materials join the company's range of PolyJet photopolymer materials including digital materials, rigid, rubber-like, transparent, and high temperature materials to simulate standard and high temperature engineering plastics.
The printer 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.
Featuring a large build envelope, the company says the printer is ideal for high-capacity production. Print jobs can run with about 30kg of resin per cycle, and the unit prints as fine as 16 micron layers.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.