15th April 2021
New materials for PolyJet™ 3D printers give product designers breath-taking realism and graphic sharpness for opaque materials. Colour 3D printing has never been so versatile.
The addition of new VeroUltra™ White and VeroUltra™ Black materials provide an important realism boost for many prototyping projects. The materials simulate high-quality opaque plastic parts, even where made very thin. Text and labels on bottles and packaging are sharp enough to meet 2D graphic standards. Colour contrast is enhanced where high colour separation is expected. Finally, the materials give a significant realism boost to the simulation of natural materials such as wood, fabrics, and marble.
Options such as these being available simplifies the process of designing products and their packaging. Rather than design packaging such as a bottle, then designing a separate element such as a label to be placed on top, the whole finished design can be printed in a single run without sacrificing graphical fidelity and text readability. Amazing Vero materials ensure a wealth of options at designers’ fingertips, allowing them to play and iterate in textural ways as well as colour.
“PolyJet 3D printing continues to be the best-in-class modeling solution for designers as we continuously improve,” said Stratasys Design Vice President Shamir Shoham. “What seemed impossibly realistic last year is even better this year.”
Historically, accurately simulating colour, material and finish – or CMF – has been a very expensive and time-consuming part of the process. Over the last few years, Stratasys has been dramatically changing the equation with its PolyJet™ solutions for designers. The company has introduced PANTONE® Validated colours so the colours in your hand match the colours on the screen. Materials like VeroUltra Clear have introduced properties like glass-like clarity or flexibility. Software formats like 3MF have streamlined the workflow so high-fidelity modelling takes little more than just click and print.
The new opaque colours extend realism to even more prototyping applications, such as bottle labels, mobile devices, back-lit screens and panels, and dolls. Designers are taking notice.
“The colour quality is superb,” said Dennis Harroun, a part designer based in Albuquerque, N.M., in southwestern U.S. His firm, Mana Digital Albuquerque, develops 3D-printed models for games, toys, jewellery, and the film industry, and has been beta testing the new materials with Stratasys printers. “Stratasys’ opacity is by far the best I’ve seen from 3D printing, hands down, and it would be extremely difficult to replicate the quality through any other modelling method.” The new opaque colour materials are available now for the J8 Series™ and J7 Series™ 3D printers and in June for the J55™ 3D printer.