Exploring a New World of 3D Printed Product Realism with Flexible Colour Digital Materials
The new offerings comprise six flexible material palettes, featuring more than 200 vibrant colour shades in a wide range of Shore A values and opacities. There are also four new rigid gray and colour palettes – three 45-colour rigid gray palettes, each combining rigid white (VeroWhite) and black (VeroBlack) with colours, and one 45-hue gray palette with varying levels of translucency.
We caught up with Boaz Jacobi, Stratasys Product Marketing Manager, to help illuminate Stratasys’ wonderful world of colour and multi-material opportunities.
Stratasys Blog: What new possibilities does this extended range of material options bring to additive manufacturing?
Jacobi: The Objet500 Connex3, already the most versatile 3D printer on the market, can now leverage over 1,000 colour options and virtually unlimited combinations of flexible, rigid and, translucent-to-opaque colours in a single print run. This provides true final product realism and versatility in end-to-end applications.
Stratasys flexible colour palettes composed of rubber-like black (TangoBlackPlus) and rigid opaque colours, spanning a wide selection of Shore A values
Stratasys Blog: What are the main benefits to product manufacturers, and how does it help businesses?
Jacobi: The wide variety of material combinations enables manufacturers to create parts that actually look, feel, and function like future products, rather than only looking like them. This allows the production of complete products without manual assembly, and means product designers can now validate designs earlier in the product development cycle, accelerating time-to-market.
Swim fins produced with the Connex3 using couloured, flexible digital materials
Stratasys Blog: What are the advantages of 3D printing rubber-like colour materials?
Jacobi: Stratasys now enables users to 3D print digital materials in a wide range of Shore A values. This unique capability benefits many popular applications ranging from consumer applications to sporting goods and kitchen gadgets. For example, consumer goods manufacturers require soft touch coloured parts and overmolding for applications such as toothbrush handles and hair brush hand grips. In the consumer electronics market, flexible coloured parts are becoming increasingly popular for devices like keyboards and remote control devices. Providing these capabilities ensures 3D printed parts with unparalleled final product realism.
Stratasys Blog: What are some of the key uses for the new rigid colour palettes?
Shower heads by Ideal Standard Ltd were produced in one print run on an Objet500 Connex3 Colour Multi-material 3D Printer using a combination of new flexible colour and transparent materials.
Jacobi: The four new rigid colour palettes include a black-white-clear palette that can be used to produce a sleek, reflective sheen, useful in consumer electronics parts. The colour-black-white palettes are ideal to create medical devices, automotive, and consumer product housings in popular gray tones with vibrant color components.
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