Stratasys brings world’s first colour multi-material 3D printer to Malaysia
By Digital News Asia May 26, 2014
- Objet500 Connex3 first and only 3D printer to combine colours with multi-material
- A ‘game-changer’ for product design, engineering and manufacturing processes
STRATASYS Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd, has introduced its Objet500 Connex3 colour multi-material 3D printer to the Malaysian market.
Calling it the first and only 3D printer to combine colours with multi-material 3D printing, the company unveiled the new printer at MetalTech trade show, which took place from May 21-24 in Kuala Lumpur.
In a statement, Stratasys said the Objet500 Connex3 would be a “game-changer” for product design, engineering and manufacturing processes.
The 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 colour materials as well as colour 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, Stratasys claimed.
It would help product manufacturers validate designs and make good decisions earlier before committing to manufacturing, and bring products to market faster.
“Stratasys’ goal is to help our customers revolutionise their design and manufacturing processes,” said Ido Eylon, general manager, South Asia at Stratasys Asia Pacific.
“I believe our new Objet500 Connex3 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,” he added.
Similar to a 2D inkjet printer, three colour materials – VeroCyan, VeroMajenta and VeroYellow – are combined to produce hundreds of vivid colours.
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.
The Objet500 Connex3 also features six palettes for new rubber-like Tango colours, ranging from opaque to transparent colours in various shore values to address markets such as automotive, consumer and sporting goods and fashion.
“Since its introduction in 2007, the Objet Connex Multi-material 3D printing platform has paved the way for the development of advanced 3D printing materials with unique mechanical and thermal properties,” said Stratasys vice president of product marketing and sales operations Igal Zeitun.
“The Objet500 Connex3 produces models and parts using photopolymers in vivid colours so you can create colourful models from investigating concepts to pre-production pilot runs.
“As the first true multi-purpose 3D printer, we believe it 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 colour, material properties and surface finish,” he added.
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