Objet Ltd., announced the Objet260 Connex, a compact addition to its family of multi-material 3D printers. The system is based on the company’s inkjet 3D printing technology that jets 2 materials at the same time. You can select from a large range of composite materials when building 3D models.
Objet has more than 60 printing materials to cover a range of mechanical, thermal and physical properties from rigid (Objet Vero family) to rubber (Objet Tango family) to clear transparency (Objet VeroClear) and ABS-grade engineering plastics (Objet RGD5160-DM). Model replicas can be made of up to 14 individual materials in a single print run.
The printer has a 260 x 260 x 200 mm (10.2 x 10.2 x 7.9 in.) tray size and uses sealed material cartridges that are easy to insert and remove. Models are cured during the build process and can be handled immediately after printing. The system prints in 16-micron layers, so it can deliver high quality prototypes and true-product representation; plus it is quiet and small enough to run in the corner of any office. You can create prototypes containing distinct material elements, such as rigid walls with flexible, rubber-like joints or models combining transparent and opaque parts.
According to Eli B Hamou, R&D Product Manager for Medtronic, a leading medical technology provider, “The Objet260 Connex multi-material 3D printer allows us to produce realistic anatomical models and prototypes of our medical devices by printing both rigid and flexible material elements in a single print job. It has also opened up for us a whole new direction for future research, that until now we were unable to practically consider.”