Tuesday, 10 June 2014

New flexible colour 3D Printing materials for Connex3

Exploring a New World of 3D Printed Product Realism with Flexible Colour Digital Materials

We’re excited to unveil Stratasys’ extended range of flexible and rigid material options for the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer. With these new colour palettes, Stratasys is continuing to expand your ability to improve the look, feel and functionality of your 3D printed parts.

3d printed multicolor keyboard
One of three new Stratasys flexible color palettes
composed of rubber-like black (TangoBlackPlus)
and rigid opaque colors, spanning a
wide selection of Shore A values.
The new offerings comprise six flexible material palettes,  featuring  more than 200 vibrant colour shades in a wide range of Shore A values and opacities. There are also four new rigid gray and color palettes – three 45-colour rigid gray palettes, each  combining rigid white (VeroWhite) and black (VeroBlack) with colours, and one 45-hue gray palette with varying levels of translucency.

boaz jacobi stratasys
Boaz Jacobi, Product Marketing Manager, Stratasys
We caught up with Boaz Jacobi, Stratasys Product Marketing Manager, to help illuminate Stratasys’ wonderful world of color and multi-material opportunities.

Blog: What new possibilities does this extended range of material options bring to additive manufacturing?

Jacobi:  The Objet500 Connex3, already the most versatile 3D printer on the market, can now leverage over 1,000 colour options and virtually unlimited combinations of flexible, rigid and translucent-to-opaque colours in a single print run. This provides true final product realism and versatility in end-to-end applications.
3d printed flexible swim fins
Swim fins produced on the Objet500 Connex3
Colour Multi-material 3D Printer
using new flexible color

Blog: What are the main benefits to product manufacturers, and how does it help businesses?

Jacobi: The wide variety of material combinations enables manufacturers to create parts that actually look, feel and function like future products rather than only looking like them. This allows the production of complete products without manual assembly and means product designers can now validate designs earlier in the product development cycle, accelerating time-to-market.

Blog: What are the advantages of 3D printing rubber-like colour materials?

Jacobi: Stratasys now enables users to 3D print digital materials in a wide range of Shore A values. This unique capability benefits  many popular applications ranging from consumer applications to sporting goods and kitchen gadgets. For example, consumer goods manufacturers require soft touch colored parts and overmoulding for applications such as toothbrush handles and hair brush hand grips. In the consumer electronics market, flexible colored parts are becoming increasingly popular for devices like keyboards and remote control devices. Providing these capabilities ensures best final product realism when 3D printing parts.

3d printed shower heads
Shower heads by Ideal Standard Ltd
were produced in one print run on an
Objet500 Connex3 Colour Multi-material
3D Printer using a combination of new
flexible colour and transparent materials.
Blog: What are some of the key uses for the new rigid colour palettes?

Jacobi: The four new rigid colour palettes include a black-white-clear palette that can be used to produce a sleek, reflective sheen,  useful in consumer electronics parts. The colour-black-white palettes are ideal to create medical devices, automotive and consumer product housings in popular gray tones with vibrant colour components.