Rapid Prototyping 3D printer said to be first desktop model with clear, high-temp materials

Editor: Eric Culp

The Objet30 Pro 3D printer offers 7 different materials, including clear transparent and high temperature resistant materials, said to be firsts for desktop units. Object said the printer targets rapid prototyping solutions for designers and engineers in industries ranging from consumer goods and consumer electronics to medical devices and design consultancies.

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The Object Pro 3D printer can make products like this car model in 7 materials.
The Object Pro 3D printer can make products like this car model in 7 materials.
(Source: Objet)

The unit joins Objet's existing desktop 3D printer line. The company lauded the printer’s small footprint, professional 28 micron print quality, wide ranging material versatility and ability to produce high quality prototypes. The clear, transparent material can be used for simulating PMMA/glass, the company said, adding that the high temperature material offers a solution for heat-resistant static functional testing. Other materials include a simulated polypropylene for snap-fit parts and four rigid, opaque materials for standard plastic simulation (black, white, gray, and blue). The company said the system features a spacious build tray with dimensions of 300 x 200 x 150mm for printing various-sized and shaped models or multiple models on the same build tray at the same time. The expanded material capabilities of the Objet30 Pro are also available as an upgrade for existing Objet30 or Objet Alaris30 desktop 3D printer customers, the supplier said.

"The Objet30 Pro is the next evolution in desktop 3D printers developed specifically for professional users," said Objet CEO David Reis. “The Objet30 Pro is the perfect combination of professional, versatile in-house 3D printing at an attractive price point."

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One company noted that the unit fits the bill for its demands. “Having the correct tools and resources to advance our product development is critical for our organization,” said Gregory Janice, Engineering Manager at Princeton Tec. “The Objet30 Pro's ability to print parts made with a clear transparent material on a desktop 3D printer combined with its ease of use and versatility made the Objet30 Pro a sound investment for our team.”

UK-based Collcap Packaging LTD, which makes cosmetic, perfumery and personal care packaging, has also been testing the new printer. Adam Smith, Technical Manager at Collcap, said, “We knew a desktop machine would meet our capacity requirements quite happily, but for the packaging work we do, we really wanted the range of materials that has previously only been available with bigger machines. The clear transparent material for instance is ideal for prototyping our bespoke fragrance bottles and other glass or clear plastic products, whilst the range of coloured rigid materials work perfectly for simulating plastic bottles, caps and fittings. The excellent surface finish and detail provided by the Objet30 Pro are also crucial so that our eye-catching designs look and feel as they’re supposed to when we present them to our customers for approval.

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