SolidWorks World 2014 has yet to officially start, but announcements and launches are already in the mix. We’re at the Stratasys Press Event this afternoon where they’ve just announced their release of the first 3 color, multi-material 3D printer–the Objet500 Connex3. This is the real deal folks. It’s available as of today with companies like Trek and Legacy Effects beta testing the machine over the last several months. It’s the newest in their Objet line of Connex tech and we’re convinced you’ll find it quite interesting.
The Stratasys Objet500 Connex3
Stratasys has launched the new Objet500 Connex3 3D printer atop their line of Objet Connex line of printers and it’s no surprise. The Connex printers have always been capable of combining two model materials to create composite mock-ups in a single print job. The Objet 500 Connex3 doesn’t have the fancy Objet1000 jingle, but it is expanded upon the Objet 500 Connex to use three materials in a single print job. We’re shy on specs at the moment, but will update as soon as the Objet500 Connex3 page goes live. Update: Here’s a quick overview of the specs (pdf) on the printer.
Vero family of translucent to opaque color materials
Tango family of rubber-like flexible materials, translucent and opaque
Digital ABS: ivory, green
Digital ABS2: ivory, green
High Temperature: RGD525
Support Material: SUP705
490 x 390 x 200mm (19.3 x 15.4 x 7.9 in.)
Horizontal build layers down
to 16-microns (0.0006 in.)
Size and Weight:
1400 x 1260 x 1100 mm
(55.1 x 49.6 x 43.3 in.)
430 Kg (948 lbs)
330 x 1170 x 640 mm
(13 x 46.1 x 26.2 in.)
76 Kg (168 lbs)
There are three aspects of this printer that stand out. Three aspects that change up the typical output you’re use to seeing from a 3D printer and three aspects that frankly have us quite floored.
Triple-jetting technology – “[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.”
and the jaw dropper…
Three Primary Color Materials Combine to Create a Spectrum of Vibrant Colors – “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.”
and the other jaw dropper…
Six color pallets – “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.”
While we’ve seen some companies talk and talk about multi-color printing, we’re excited to see it finally happening. It’s not full-color desktop 3D printer by any means and priced at the pro level for sure. We’ll have more info to come on that once it becomes available. Video and press release below.