Rehovot, Israel – Objet Geometries Ltd announced that its revolutionary Connex500™ has been honored by international business research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan with the prestigious 2008 European 3-D Printing Product Innovation of the Year Award. The Connex500™ is the first-ever system to allow printing of several materials with different mechanical and physical properties simultaneously, affording new levels of time and price efficiencies in product development and manufacturing.
Part of the Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards series, the honor recognizes companies that demonstrate outstanding achievement in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research, judges from Frost & Sullivan identified the Connex500™ as a superior technology to emerge from the rapid prototyping industry.
“We are thrilled with this acknowledgment of our Connex500™ system as one of the most innovative 3-D printing advances of 2008,” said Adina Shorr, CEO of Objet Geometries. “The award reinforces our leadership in rapid prototyping technology, which a growing number of industries are embracing for the tremendous ROI it yields in product development and manufacturing processes.”
Objet’s Connex500™ represents a breakthrough in three-dimensional printing, for the first time offering product developers the ability to print parts and assemblies made of several materials with different mechanical and physical properties in a single build process. The system’s 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 an exceptionally wide variety of end products. In addition, the system allows users to create composite materials that have pre-set combinations of mechanical properties, also a first for the industry.
“Compared to other rapid prototyping systems, the Connex500™ offers superior speed and flexibility during multiple material rapid prototyping,” noted Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Menaka S. “This unique feature significantly reduces the cost and time factor in applications that would normally involve the cementing of separate parts made from different materials, into one large part.”
The Frost & Sullivan award joins numerous other recent honors for the Connex500™, which have included the 2008 red dot design award, 2008 RadTech USA Emerging Technologies Award and the EuroMold 2007 Innovation Award.