Stratasys Redefines Design and Manufacturing with the New Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-Material 3D Printer

objet500 connex3 multi-material 3d printer

(Caption: Bicycle helmet 3D printed with VeroMagenta and VeroCyan in one print job on the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer)

InPrint 3D Print Factory Sponsor Stratasys unveiled its latest innovation, the revolutionary Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer  today at SolidWorks World 2014 in San Diego. A true breakthrough for 3D printing and additive manufacturing, the Objet500 Connex3  is designed to change design, engineering and manufacturing processes. What a wonderful way to start off 2014!

The Objet500 Connex 3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer is the only 3D Printer that enables color 3D printing with virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible, and transparent materials as well as digital materials – in a single print run.

3d printed full color glasses

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.

This presents compelling opportunities to 3D print ultra realistic prototypes and parts with the vibrant color, durability and surface finish of an assembled part, without assembly or painting.  It helps product manufacturers validate designs and make good decisions earlier, enabling superior products to get out of the door faster – saving both time and money.

Better Decisions, Taken Earlier

So what does this mean? Let’s say you are designing a new pair of swim  goggles.  Once you have an initial design, you can now print a pair of the goggles in color -  including the tinted lenses  - plus flexible parts. Again, that’s in one print run.

3d printed color bicycle helmet

(Caption: Bike helmet 3D printed on the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer in one print job using VeroCyan, VeroMagenta, and VeroYellow)

Then you can tweak your design, 3D print another pair, try them on, and tweak the design again. The Objet500 Connex3  Color Multi-material 3D Printer takes 3D printing to a new level, especially for designers and manufacturers that demand true product realism to validate designs to support decision making earlier in the product lifecycle, before committing to production.

The Technology Behind the Innovation!

Based on the proven Connex technology, Objet500 Connex3 features a unique triple-jetting technology that combines droplets of three base materials to produce realistic parts with hundreds of vivid colors and virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible and transparent color materials, color digital materials as well as and high temperature materials to simulate standard and high temperature engineering plastics.

3d printed color shoes

Shoes 3D printed on the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer, in one print run, using Vero Yellow, VeroMagenta and rubber-like TangoBlack Plus

Beyond color, the Objet500 Connex3 opens up new possibilities for functionally complex models with excellent mechanical properties such as superior tensile strength, elongation at break, and multiple hardness shore values. Now designers, engineers and manufacturers can 3D print complex prototypes and moving parts without assembly or painting and bring products to market faster and at a lower cost.

More exciting stuff on the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer in the days, weeks and months ahead.

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