Objet expands material range to 107 including 39 new 'Digital Material' composites for the Objet Connex Multi-Material 3D Printing Systems
Objet Ltd has announced the development of 39 new 'Digital Materials' available with its Objet Connex range of multi-material 3D printing systems. The company says that this greatly increases their customers’ choice in terms of the range of possible printing materials.
There are now 107 materials available ranging from rigid to rubber-like substances in terms of texture, standard to ABS-grade engineering plastic in terms of toughness, as well as from transparent to opaque, in terms of clarity and shades.
Object confirmed that 90 of the 107 are ‘Digital Materials', derived by the composite mixing of primary Objet materials. The company maintains this will enable designers, engineers and manufacturers to give their end-product the greatest level of realism. Users will be able to combine up to 14 of these materials; such as rigid and flexible, or opaque and transparent materials, at the same time in a single consistent model.
David Reis, CEO for Objet commented: "With 39 new Digital Materials, Objet have become the first 3D printing company to break the 100 materials barrier. Considering that we had half this number just a few short years ago, this growth in material choice confirms our commitment to consistently deliver new and enhanced material properties to our customers."
The company has also launched two new material enhancements. The Objet Rigid Black material (Objet VeroBlackPlus) provides increased dimensional stability and surface smoothness for prototyping applications. Objet's 2011-released High Temperature material, offering the high thermal functionality of engineering plastics, will be available on all Objet Connex and Objet EdenV 3D Printers and the new Objet30 Pro Desktop 3D Printer.
Objet's Digital Materials are multi-phase composite materials fabricated by the Objet Connex 3D printing system. These composites produce new attributes that are not available in the separate individual constituents.
Objet's Digital Materials are generated on-the-fly based on the two distinct cartridge-based materials that are installed in the system.
The Objet Connex family of 3D printers can simultaneously print two resin materials to create nearly 90 different types of Digital Materials. Together with an initial choice of 17 cartridge-ready materials, this gives users an overall choice of 107 different materials and composite material combinations.
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