Stratasys Multi-material 3D printers process up to three different materials in a single run
USA – Stratasys, a global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, has launched two new multi-material 3D printers.
According to the supplier, the Objet 500 Connex 1 and Objet 500 Connex 2 are both equipped with the company’s proprietary triple-jetting technology, which is designed to allow the user to build products with up to three different materials in a single run, or to mix multiple material droplets to form new digital materials.
The Objet 500 Connex 1 is equipped with a large build envelope and can produce parts from three diverse materials in a single production run. The company said that this allows users to create assemblies with components formed from three different materials. Alternatively, it can produce components that contain both rigid and flexible materials, such as rubber-like Tango and rigid Vero.
The 3D printer can build a part up to 490 mm x 390 mm x 200 mm or a mixed tray of small parts, Stratasys said. A larger material cabinet contains eight cartridges, which enables longer unattended run times and fewer material changeovers than the previous models. Hot swapping or the reloading of material and support cartridges while the 3D printer is operating, allows for continuous production.
The Objet 500 Connex 2 enables users to combine transparency, durability and flexibility in one part, according to Stratasys. In addition to the capabilities of the Objet 500 Connex 1, the company also said that Connex 2 has the ability to combine droplets from two base materials to produce new materials or “Digital Materials”, such as Digital ABS, which is often used to produce mould cores and cavities for short-run injection moulding.