We have been waiting for this day for a long time. There have been 3D Printers out there that do multiple colors, but let’s be frank, the parts were not very strong. Nice to look at, but not much else.
This weekend Stratasys announced the Objet500 Connex3 machine. Based on the proven Object500 Connex this multi-material platform allows the user to use three materials, giving you a choice of 46 colors for each build. That includes transparent material with color tinting! You can also still mix rubber and ABS like materials.
We will have more to report on this in the coming weeks, but we just wanted to get the word out: Usable Color Prototyping is here and it is bright.
If you have an immediate need, or just want to learn more, contact PADT at 480.813.4884 or shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PADT’s team was able to see parts made on the new device at a recent Stratasys gathering. Then they had to keep their mouths shut for two weeks. That was hard. These parts are high-quality prototypes like you would expect from the Objet technology. But now in color. Bright brilliant color on strong parts. This is what many of us have been waiting for.
Here are some links to get your appetite whetted:
- Details and Specifications from Stratasys (editor’s notes (9/21/2022): this information is not longer available)
- Slideshow of real parts made on the machine, and of the machine itself (editor’s notes (9/21/2022): this information is not longer available)
- The Press Release (worth a read, some good info and examples there)
(Yes to our ANSYS readers. We are working on a way to get this to print results)