Objet, the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, has revealed the Objet260 Connex, a compact and attractively priced addition to Objet’s family of multi-material 3D printers. The Objet260 Connex is based on the company’s patented inkjet 3D printing technology – the world’s only rapid prototyping system able to jet two materials at the same time.
This technology allows users to select from a large range of composite materials when building 3D models, such as Objet’s recently released ABS-like material. The system can also print a model replica made of up to 14 individual materials in a single print run.
Commenting on the new 3D printer, David Reis, CEO for Objet, says, “The compact Objet260 Connex brings our high-resolution, multi-material 3D printing to new levels of accessibility for front-line designers and engineers who demand the highest quality prototypes and true-product representation. And all this in a system that is quiet, reliable and small enough to run in the corner of any office.”
The Objet260 Connex allows users to create prototypes containing distinct material elements, such as rigid walls with flexible, rubber-like joints or models combining transparent and opaque parts.
“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," says Eli B. Hamou, R&D product manager for Medtronic, a leading medical technology provider.
"This has enabled us to develop better end-products in far less time. It has also opened up for us a whole new direction for future research, that until now we were unable to practically consider.”
“The new Objet260 Connex enables us to accurately simulate the real look and feel of the complex watch designs that we receive from watchmakers," says Lucien Hirschi, CEO for Zedax SA, a Swiss 3D printing service bureau.
"As the only platform able to simulate the different material properties of assembled watches, the Objet260 Connex gives us a major advantage and enables us to expand our business opportunities.”
The Objet Connex family of 3D printers is the recipient of the EuroMold 2007 Innovation Award, recognising the most innovative developments from the fields of mould-making and tooling, design and application development.
It is used at companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, adidas AG, Trek Bicycles, DRS Tactical Systems, Vista Technologies, IPF, Zedax and Medtronic.