PolyJet 3D printing is similar to inkjet document printing, but instead of jetting drops of ink onto paper, PolyJet 3D Printers jet layers of liquid photopolymer onto a build tray and instantly cure them with UV light. The fine layers build up to create a precise 3D model or prototype. Models are ready to handle and use right out of the 3D printer, with no post-curing needed. Along with the selected model materials, the 3D printer also jets a gel-like support material specially designed to uphold overhangs and complicated geometries. It is easily removed by hand or water.
PolyJet 3D printing technology offers many advantages for rapid prototyping, including astonishingly fine detail, smooth surfaces, speed and precision. The technology works with a vast array of materials, including rigid opaque in hundreds of vibrant colors, clear and tinted translucent shades, rubber-like flexible materials, and specialized photopolymers for 3D printing in the dental, medical and consumer products industries.
A Multitude of Materials
Connex3 uses a print block containing eight print heads: two for each material, including supports. This leaves six print heads for three model materials.
With exponentially more multi-material options than any other 3D printer, you can create ultra-realistic prototypes. The Objet500 Connex3 lets you build rigid, rubber-like and clear parts into one model and offers hundreds of composite materials, blended right in the 3D printer. You get exactly the properties you need, even in demanding industries like consumer products.
Only the Objet500 Connex3 lets you combine the strongest PolyJet photopolymer, Digital ABS, with another material of your choice. This enables prototypes that contain rigid and soft-touch components or overmolding to be stronger than ever, and lets you incorporate clear and Digital ABS features into one build.
Digital ABS in the Mix
Six composite materials mix Digital ABS with Rubber-like Material to represent a variety of Shore A values with great durability.
Connex multi-material 3D printing has always created a range of digital materials on-the-fly from two base resins. Designers have experienced years of success mixing rigid and flexible materials with a range of Shore A values into one model, or opaque and clear materials with a range of semi-translucency. The Objet500 Connex3 expands your maximum number of base resins to three — and adds color to the choices. The possibilities grow exponentially.
The polyjet process an apply multiple materials and color combinations. There are 10 color palettes available of which you must choose one per model. When providing work instructions to a Connex3 technician, supply a marked-up drawing or illustration that identifies the Digital Material and color assignments. This becomes the work detail when processing files in Objet Studio.
For most accurate results, please label illustration or file name with the color code.