Minneapolis, MN; Rehovot, Israel — 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys has rolled out the ground-breaking Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer, the first 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.
Glasses 3D printed on the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer using Opaque VeroYellow (the frame), rubber-like black (TangoBlackPlus – also on the frame), and a unique translucent yellow tint (the lenses) in one print job – no assembly required.
"Stratasys' goal is to help our customers revolutionize their design and manufacturing processes," says 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 vivid colors. These color materials join Stratasys' 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 Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D 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.*
The Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer is commercially available today.
*The Flexible Materials in Color are expected to be commercially available in the second quarter.