Stratasys Producing realistic prototypes, tooling, moulds, jigs and fixtures

Editor: Barbara Schulz

USA – Mulit-Colour 3D-Printing – Stratasys has introduced the J750, a 3D printer to produce full colour, multi-material prototypes and parts in a single 3D print, eliminating time-consuming processes while accelerating product concepting, design, decisions, and delivery.

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This true product-matching sports shoe prototype was produced with full colour, smooth surfaces, and a rubber-like sole - all in a single print operation on the Stratasys J750 3D printer.
This true product-matching sports shoe prototype was produced with full colour, smooth surfaces, and a rubber-like sole - all in a single print operation on the Stratasys J750 3D printer.
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According to the company, this one-stop realism drives near instantaneous decision-making, changing the way products are designed and launched.

The Stratasys J750, the premier addition to the Objet Connex multi-colour, multi-material series of 3D printers, allows customers to choose from more than 360,000 different colour shades plus multiple material properties - ranging from rigid to flexible and opaque to transparent. Prototypes can include a vast array of colours, materials and material properties in the same part, speeding production of realistic models, prototypes and parts for virtually any application need - as well as delivering incomparable 3D printing versatility to produce tooling, moulds, jigs and fixtures and more, Stratasys says.

The J750 enables near instantaneous decision-making by streamlining the way products are designed, evaluated and brought to market, the 3D printing expert explains. According to Stratasys, the J750 is expected to improve TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) by eliminating many of the traditionally complex processes, time and resources required to create product-matching prototypes. Designers and engineers can physically experience true product prototypes within hours of developing an initial concept for immediate design and function validation with internal stakeholders and end users. Design decisions can be made instantaneously and with full confidence to help accelerate product delivery, the company says.

The J750’s one-stop realism is supported with a streamlined workflow beginning with the Polyjet Studio software. The software’s intuitive user interface is said to allow users to simply choose materials, optimise the build and manage print queues. Assignment of colours, transparencies and rigidity is eased via familiar design controls. Colour textures can be loaded fully intact via VRML files imported from CAD tools. Moreover, the printer features a large, six-material capacity, keeping the most used resins loaded and ready for printing.

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