Sep 9, 2014

Stratasys has upgraded its Objet Connex family with two new printers - the Objet500 Connex1 and Connex2, featuring the company's unique triple-jetting technology.

Stratasys triple-jetting technology is designed to allow the user to build products with up to three different materials in a single run, or even mix multiple material droplets to form new digital materials such as tough Digital ABS.

"Following the launch of the Objet500 Connex3 earlier this year, we saw the demand for additional multi-material 3D printers that can address a variety of applications in prototyping and manufacturing, such as tooling and molding," explains Stratasys' Senior Product Marketing Manager Ron Ellenbogen.

Joining the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer announced in January, the Objet500 Connex1 and Objet500 Connex2 offer designers and manufacturers versatility for materials, and product realism capabilities.

Objet500 Connex1

Equipped with a large build envelope, the Objet500 Connex1 Multi-material 3D Printer can produce parts from three diverse materials in a single production run. It can also produce components that contain both rigid and flexible materials, such as rubber-like Tango and rigid Vero material.

The 3D printer has a build area of 19.3 in. x 15.4 in. x 7.9 in. (490mm x 390mm x 200mm), while a larger material cabinet now contains eight cartridges, resulting in more unattended run time and fewer material changeovers than previous models.

This also means that the machine now supports 'hot swapping' – or reloading material and support cartridges while the 3D printer is operating – allows for continuous part production.

Objet500 Connex2

Objet500 Connex2 multi-material 3D Printer enables users to combine transparency, durability and flexibility in one part. It has all the capabilities of the Objet500 Connex1 plus the ability to combine droplets from two base materials to produce new 'digital materials'.

For example 'Digital ABS' can be used to produce mold cores and cavities for short-run injection moulding, but with more than 100 'digital material' options, Connex2 users can produce a variety of Shore A values in the same part with rigid or clear components, or can combine Digital ABS with pure Tango for strong over-molded handles and grips.

The Objet500 Connex2 Multi-material 3D Printer can create injection molds using Digital ABS. (Photo courtesy of Stratasys Ltd.)

"We were able to build on the success of our triple-jetting technology and expand the Objet500 Connex family with two 3D production systems that we believe set new standards for 3D printing price performance." Ellenbogen said.


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