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Showerheads 3D printed on an Objet500 Connex3
Shower heads by Ideal Standard Ltd were 3D printed on a Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer using a combination of new flexible color and transparent materials..
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Breakthrough in 3D Printed Product Reality - Flexible Colors
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Objet500 Connex3 material
One of three new Stratasys flexible 72-colour palettes composed of rubber-like (TangoPlus) and rigid (Vero) colour materials.
The ground-breaking additive manufacturing machine can now print with hundreds of new rubber-like colour materials and numerous rigid material combinations, allowing almost unlimited possibilities for flexible, rigid and translucent-to-opaque colours in just one print run.
Stratasys Director of Materials and Applications Fred Fischer stated: "The Objet500 Connex3 is the only 3D printer that combines colours with multi-material 3D printing. The ability to mix rigid, flexible, transparent and opaque colors offers users unprecedented versatility to design and perfect products faster. By extending the range of material options available, users can improve workflow speeds and enhance efficiency."
The new colour options can help users create medical, automotive and consumer products in grey along with vibrant colour components offering "true-to-life aesthetics", while the production of products can be completed without the need for manual assembly. This allows product designers to validate designs and reduce the cost of tooling, slashing the development cycle and the time it takes to bring a product to market.
The range of colour options now spans from transparent to opaque in a wide range of Shore A values. New flexible colour options comprise of six rubber material palettes:
- Three flexible 72-colour palettes, composed of rubber-like (TangoPlus) and combinations of rigid opaque (VeroCyan, VeroMagenta and VeroYellow) materials.
- Three flexible 68-color palettes, built with rubber-like (TangoBlackPlus) and combinations of the same rigid opaque (Vero) colors.
Further strengthening its rigid colour range, Stratasys also increased the number of gray and subtle color options with:
- Three 45-colour rigid grey palettes, each of which combines rigid VeroWhite and VeroBlack with colours.
- One 45-hue grey palette, with varying levels of translucency, and which includes a reflective luster for the production of sleek, high-quality parts for products such as consumer electronics.
The new flexible colour options are available immediately to Objet500 Connex3 Colour Multi-material 3D Printer owners through a free software update.