How 3D printing with PolyJet is helping people with great ideas

4th March 2020

With microscopic layer resolution and accuracy down to 0.014mm, 3D printing with PolyJet is a powerful technology that produces smooth and accurate parts, prototypes and tooling.


3D printing with Polyjet can produce thin walls and complex geometries using the widest range of materials available with any additive manufacturing method, making it an increasingly popular choice for both product designers and manufacturers.

The technique works in a similar way to traditional inkjet printing, but instead of jetting drops of ink onto paper it jets layers of curable liquid photopolymer onto a build tray.

Tiny droplets of liquid photopolymer are UV cured, with fine layers accumulating to create precision parts.

Here’s a closer look at how PolyJet deliver superior results…

  1. AESTHETICS

PolyJet places power firmly in the hands of designers and engineers at every stage of product development by facilitating the creation of smooth, intricately detailed models that get as close to a final product as it’s possible to be.

There are more than 500,000 colours available across the Stratasys J8 series of 3D printers, and it’s possible to create a multitude of textures including soft touch, simulated leather and woodgrain, among others.

Rigid, flexible, transparent or opaque – a multi-material capacity means you can load up to seven materials at once with the J8 series, with combinations that remove the need for model painting and therefore slash design cycles.

Two support material options dissolve easily, giving you the freedom to print complex and delicate features without the hassle of laborious post-processing. This is a huge advantage over the stereolithography (SLA) 3D-printing method, for example, where support material must be sanded away.

  1. EFFICIENCY

From products and packaging to concept testing and anatomical modelling, PolyJet is designed for designers.

It’s a tried and tested technology that simplifies the entire design process, streamlining workflows so you can spend more time on what matters – creating, refining and crafting the best product possible.

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Fully functioning, multi-material and Pantone-validated 3D printing accelerates product development with zero restrictions, allowing users to get ideas off the ground quickly and achieve fundamental cost and time savings.

Tests have proved that designers save 50 per cent in modelling time, are able to produce five times as many models for the same time and cost as using traditional methods, and reduce traditional colour part cost by 80 per cent.

  1. MANUFACTURING CAPABILITY

Achieving exceptional detail and surface smoothness, PolyJet easily turns out builds of high-accuracy moulds, jigs, fixtures and other manufacturing aids in superior materials.

Formula 1’s McLaren Racing is using the highly tear-resistant Agilus30 to simulate the installation and performance of rubber-like parts in its high-performance vehicles and support equipment.

Aerospace and automotive suppliers have found the durability and heat resistance of Digital ABS ideal for their needs where functional prototypes, moulds, manufacturing tools, snap-fit parts, casings and engine covers are concerned, while the biocompatible and industry approved MED610 is perfect for medical or dental applications requiring prolonged human skin contact.

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In the era of Industry 4.0, manufacturing with 3D printing opens new doors. Remove complexity from final assembly; produce lightweight, high-strength structures; create hyper-realistic prototypes. You can be more competitive than ever before.

  1. SIMPLICITY

The whole Stratasys technology range is supported by intuitive and easy to use GrabCAD software, which reads and understands CAD files natively and allows for simplified preparing, scheduling, monitoring and reporting of print jobs, for multiple users.

Impressive material capacities in machines across the J8 Series minimise the downtime associated with changeovers, while multiple print modes let users adjust the speed and quality of performance to meet specific needs.

More accurate, more realistic and more reliable. PolyJet 3D printing is a true game-changer.

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