Objet Geometries, an innovative leader in 3D printing, announced that the leading social product development company Quirky has acquired the Objet’s Connex350™. The system will serve a vital role at Quirky, which brings one new product from sketch to store each week through its online collaborative platform. Quirky’s product development process encompasses every step – from naming and logo creation to industrial design – and relies heavily on accurate, quality prototypes to conceive, improve and finalize designs for potential manufacture.
The Objet system, roughly the size of a copy machine, was delivered by crane on May 10th, closing down a stretch of Broadway in New York City.
Said Ben Kaufman, CEO and Founder of Quirky.com, “Our mission is to bring awesome products to consumers and earnings to our community in record time. Our new Connex350 will make this all happen even faster.”
Kaufman adds that since its launch in June 2009, Quirky has brought 13 products to market – a feat once considered impossible. “Now with the Connex350, there is no telling what we can do,” he says. “Bring it on.”
Launched in 2009, the Connex350 is a 3D printer capable of printing several materials with different mechanical and physical properties simultaneously. Another system offering this capability is Objet’s Connex500™, unveiled in 2007. The printers’ patented PolyJet Matrix™ technology jets materials in ultra-thin layers, immediately curing each layer with UV light – a process which yields models that closely emulate the look, feel and function of a wide variety of end products. In addition, the systems allow users to create composite materials that have pre-set combinations of mechanical properties, also a first for the industry. This offers unprecedented material options for 3D printed models.
Objet Geometries Ltd.