PolyJet Modeling, sometimes referred to as Objet modeling, after the company that introduced this technology, is one of the newest rapid prototyping technologies available. Its popularity is growing quickly. First commercialized in 2000, PolyJet Modeling technology uses an inkjet printer head to deposit photopolymer material as a thin layer, where it is cured with a UV lamp. The huge advantage of PolyJet Modeling technology is that it uses thousands of tiny nozzles to deposit a very accurate layer of material, and it is able to mix multiple materials, creating custom blends on each layer.
Precision and Multi-Material combinations
PADT uses our PolyJet systems to make prototype parts for two reasons. The first is the fine detail that is possible, down to 0.0012". The second is the system's ability to mix up to three different Digital materials, giving us the ability to produce over 180 different materials and vary the material composition across the part.
In our Objet500 Connex we can mix a very soft rubber-like photopolymer with a very rigid photopolymer, allowing us to choose whatever ratio is needed to get the stiffness that our customers are requesting: Shore 25A to 95A. This not only allows us to make flexible prototypes, but to also prototype over molding on a single part without resorting to actual molding.
The color capability in the Objet500 Connex3 allows us to also mix in three different colors, or two colors with rubber or clear material. Finaly, true 3D Color Printing that makes usable parts.
Color 3D Result Plots for FEA
As a leader in simulation, a color 3D Printer was a perfect fit for PADT. We quickly developed a process for creating physical parts that represent result from FEA runs in ANSYS. To get your results printed on your part, visit here.
PolyJet Modeling Trailblazers
Although the PolyJet method is the newest technology in PADT's rapid prototyping services offering, our customers have been very kind to inundate us with many difficult and challenging prototyping projects that have allowed our engineers and technicians to quickly master this prototyping technology. PADT has used the PolyJet Modeling technology as a general solution for prototyping as well as using it to produce tooling for various molding projects.
PADT runs an Objet500 Connex and an Objet500 Connex3 system. On the Objet500 Connex we run the rigid VeroWhite and flexible TangoBlackPlus material in any combination that customers needs. On the Objet500 Connex3 we can run the full spectrum of Vero opaque material, delivering the color or level of transparancy our customers need.
Our technicians are able to use their extensive experience with post processing Stereolithography parts to develop processes for PolyJet parts, delivering exceptional results. They were also able to use their experience with soft tooling to develop methods for dealing with the flexible material that can be made on the PolyJet machines.
Objet500 Connex &
|Build Size (in)||19.3 x 15.4 x 7.9|
|Layer Thickness (in)||0.0012|
Learn more about the PolyJet Modeling Method and its Benefits
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