First Coloured 3D Printer Soon Will Be On Your Desk


A US company Stratasys claims to have developed the world's first multi-material full-colour 3D printer capable of making objects of hard, soft and flexible polymers.

The 3D printer developed by Stratasys features "triplejetting" technology that combines droplets of three base materials, reducing the need for separate print runs and painting. This ability to achieve the characteristics of an assembled part without assembly or painting is a significant time-saver.

It helps product manufacturers validate designs and make good decisions earlier before committing to manufacturing, and bring products to market faster, it said.

"I believe our new Objet 500 Connex3 Color Multimaterial 3D Printer will transform the way our customers design, engineer and manufacture products," said Stratasys CEO David Reis.


Engineers at beta user Trek Bicycle in Waterloo, Wisconsin are using the 3D printer for assessment and testing of accessories like bike chain stay guards and handlebar grips prior to actual production.

Similar to a 2D inkjet printer, three colour materials - VeroCyan, VeroMagenta and VeroYellow -are combined to produce hundreds of vivid colours, the company said. These colour materials join a range of PolyJet photopolymer materials to simulate engineering plastics.
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