Apr 28, 2016 | By Alec

Earlier this month, Stratasys unveiled what could be a market-disrupting 3D printer: the Stratasys J750 3D Printer, the world’s first full-color, multi-material high-resolution 3D printer with insane production speeds. On paper, it certainly has the potential to change 3D printing services as we know them, and we are about to find out if the J750 is every bit as potent as it looks. For Stratasys Japan has just announced that they will be harnessing the power of the J750 for a new full-color 3D printing service called ‘Stratasys Parts Service Portal Site’.

As Stratasys Japan revealed, this new 3D printing portal is intended to provide their Japanese market with top level 3D printing services, and give users access to on-demand production of full-color resin components. The Parts Service Portal will be modelled after the successful Stratasys Direct Manufacturing Company (SDM) services that are currently available in the US, but will be modified to suit the Japanese domestic market.

Various useful ordering tools will be embedded in the online platform, Stratasys Japan revealed, including cost budget estimate functions, delivery time estimation and other order assist tools. Customers can simply upload the 3D model of their choice to the platform (in either STL or VRML format), and the portal generates a price tag quite automatically. If approved, Stratasys Japan or a collaborative partner will turn the uploaded data into a high quality 3D print. As part of the service, quality controls and support removal will also be taken care of.

The Portal will thus have all the features expected of an online 3D printing platform, but the real selling point is in the hardware. The Stratasys Parts Service Portal Site will be using Stratasys FDM and PolyJet 3D printers, as well as the new J750 flagship model. Essentially, the J750 is an optimized version of the company’s signature Objet Connex 3D printers. It’s most important attractive features are the more than 360,000 different color shades that are available, plus a very wide range of material options and properties, ranging from rigid to flexible and opaque to transparent. Up to six of these materials can be used simultaneously.

And where most multi-material 3D printers are bogged down by material changeovers, this hardly affects the J750. Most resins are loaded and ready for 3D printing immediately, while the state-of-the-art print heads enable unprecedented printing speeds. Even plastics like Digital ABS are 3D printed twice as quickly on the J750 than on other PolyJet systems. And with a layer thickness as fine as 0.014 mm, what more could you dream of?

It’s no wonder that the machine’s developers were thinking about service providers when they built it. “The new solution breaks restrictive technology barriers, enabling customers for the first time to mix-and-match full color gradients alongside an unprecedented range of materials to achieve one-stop realism without post-processing. This, together with the system’s superior versatility, makes the J750 the ultimate 3D printing solution for product designers, engineers and manufacturers, as well as service bureaus,” Stratasys said at the time of the unveiling.

But before the J750 3D printer comes within reach of Japanese consumers, it will be tested by 3D printing companies on a wide range of 3D printable objects and full-color prototypes. Among others, it will be used to 3D print a range of consumer products, home appliances, and even components for the automobile, entertainment and medical industries. Tool fixtures and batches of numerous small parts are also on the agenda. Stratasys are clearly working towards a big breakthrough with the J750, and they have the hardware to achieve it.



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