Triple-jetting technology for 3D printing

Triple-jetting technology for 3D printing

Sep 22, 2014

Stratasys  Ltd. a  leading  global  provider  of  3D  printing and additive manufacturing solutions, today introduced the Objet500 Connex1 and Objet500 Connex2   Multi-material   3D   Printers  featuring  the  company’s  unique triple-jetting technology.

Stratasys  triple-jetting technology is designed to allow the user to build products  with up to three different materials in a single run, or even mix multiple   material   droplets  to  form  new  digital  materials  such  as tough Digital ABS.

Joining  the  Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer announced in January,  the  Objet500  Connex1  and  Objet500 Connex2 offer designers and manufacturers superior versatility for materials, functionality and product realism capabilities.

Objet500 Connex1

Equipped  with  a large build envelope, the Objet500 Connex1 Multi-material 3D  Printer  can  produce  parts  from  three diverse materials in a single production  run.  This  allows  users  to create assemblies with components formed  from  three  different materials, or it can produce components that contain  both  rigid  and flexible materials, such as rubber-like Tango and rigid  Vero material. The 3D printer can build a part up to 19.3 in. x 15.4 in.  x  7.9  in.  (490mm x 390mm x 200mm) or a mixed tray of small parts.

A larger  material  cabinet  contains  eight  cartridges,  resulting  in more unattended  run  time  and fewer material changeovers than previous models. Hot  swapping  –  or reloading material and support cartridges while the 3D printer   is   operating   –   allows   for   continuous  part  production.

Multi-material 3D printing achieves in a single, automated build what would be  either  impossible  to  achieve  with  conventional  single-material 3D printers or would require hand assembly from multiple print jobs.

Objet500 Connex2

The  Objet500  Connex2  Multi-material  3D Printer enables users to combine transparency,  durability  and  flexibility  in  one  part.  It has all the capabilities  of  the Objet500 Connex1 plus the ability to combine droplets from  two  base  materials to produce new materials or “Digital Materials.”

Digital  ABS,  for  example, is the most durable material available for the Stratasys  PolyJet  process  and  is  often  used to produce mold cores and cavities  for  short-run  injection  molding.  With  more than 100 material options,  Connex2 users can produce a variety of Shore A values in the same part  with  rigid or clear components, or can combine Digital ABS with pure Tango  for  strong  over-molded  handles  and grips. The versatility of the Objet500  Connex2  also  makes  it  ideal for creating custom manufacturing tools such as jigs and fixtures.

“Following the launch of the Objet500 Connex3 earlier this year, we saw the demand for additional multi-material 3D printers that can address a variety of  applications  in  prototyping  and  manufacturing,  such as tooling and molding,”   explains   Stratasys’  Senior  Product  Marketing  Manager  Ron Ellenbogen.  ”We  were  able  to build on the success of our triple-jetting technology  and  expand  the  Objet500 Connex family with two 3D production systems   that   we  believe  set  new  standards  for  3D  printing  price performance.”