|[January 26, 2014]
Stratasys Redefines Product Design and Manufacturing with World's First Color Multi-material 3D Printer
MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, Israel --(Business Wire)--
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.
Bike helmet 3D printed on the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer in one print job using VeroCyan, VeroMagenta, and VeroYellow (Photo: Stratasys (News - Alert) Ltd.)
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.
"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."
Engineers at beta user Trek Bicycle in Waterloo, Wisconsin are using the Objet500
Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer for assessment and
testing of accessories like bike chain stay guards and handlebar grips
prior to actual production. "The Objet500 Connex3 Color
Multi-material 3D Printer changed the way we manufacture at
Trek, augmenting our traditional, time-consuming CNC processes with
fast, iterative and realistic prototyping and functional testing," says
Mike Zeigle, manager of Trek's prototype development group.
"Now we produce bicycle parts that look and feel like production parts.
We are particularly excited about 3D printing our models directly in
color. This gives our designers the ability to graphically display color
contact pressure map data on rider contact parts like seats and grips.
We are also working on doing the same with FEA & CFD stress data on
structural bike components," adds Zeigle.
Three Primary Color Materials Combine to Create a Spectrum (News - Alert) of Vibrant
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' 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.
Another First: Flexible Materials in Color*
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.*
"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," says
Stratasys VP of product marketing and sales operations Igal Zeitun. "The <>Objet500
Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer produces models and
parts using photopolymers in vivid colors so you can create colorful
models from investigating concepts to pre-production pilot runs.
"As the first true multi-purpose 3D printer, we believe the Objet500
Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer 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
color, material properties and surface finish."
The Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer is
commercially available today and is sold through Stratasys' extensive
worldwide reseller network.
*The Flexible Materials in Color are expected to be commercially
available in Q2/2014.
Additional Notes for Editors
The Technology Behind the
The Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D
Printer is based on proven Connex technology. Ideal for
over-molding with Digital ABS (News - Alert) and complex multi-material parts, the Objet500
Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer is designed to enable
designers, engineers and manufacturers to create models, molds and parts
that match the characteristics of production parts. It 3D prints models
and parts with the color, durability and surface finish of end products.
This includes achieving excellent mechanical properties such as tensile
strength, elongation at break, and multiple hardness shore values, which
simulate high performance thermoplastics. It also allows overmolding
using durable Digital ABS materials and introduces new Shore A values
for Digital ABS, ranging from A27 to A95, a major advantage in
manufacturing consumer products.
Featuring a large build envelope, the Objet500 Connex3 Color
Multi-material 3D Printer is ideal for high capacity production.
Print jobs can run with about 30kg of resin per cycle. True to the high
resolutions available with PolyJet 3D printing technology, the Objet500
Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer prints as
fine as 16 micron layers for models with superior surface finish and
More information about the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material
3D Printer is available on the Stratasys website at: http://www.stratasys.com/Objet500Connex3.
A digital press kit for the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material
3D Printer is available by visiting the Stratasys online
newsroom which contains additional resources including an image
gallery, a product video, customer story video, case study, white paper,
brochure, color palette, and spec sheet.
Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), headquartered in Minneapolis,
Minn. and Rehovot, Israel, manufactures 3D printers and materials for
prototyping and production. The company's patented FDM® and
PolyJetTM 3D Printing technologies produce prototypes and
manufactured goods directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content.
Systems include 3D printers for idea development, prototyping and direct
digital manufacturing. Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot and
Solidscape, and the company operates the RedEye digital-manufacturing
service. Stratasys has more than 1700 employees, holds over 500 granted
or pending additive manufacturing patents globally, and has received
more than 20 awards for its technology and leadership. Online at: www.stratasys.com
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