10th April 2012
3D designers have told us that the biggest obstacle to in-house rapid prototyping is the need for a wide variety of materials. Consequently, they have needed to outsource prototyping. The Objet260 Connex changes all of this. The Objet260 Connex is the perfect in-office 3D printer -; multi-material printing in high accuracy from a small-footprint machine.
A 3D printer is only as good as the range of materials it can print in. Many 3D printers have a wide selection of materials and the Objet260 Connex is no exception. It can print in:
What sets the Connex range apart though is its unique multi-material capability. It can print different materials in one print pass (e.g. to produce a plastic tool with a rubber grip on the handle). Alternatively, materials can be mixed to produce Digital Materials right along the Shore Scale. With an Objet260 Connex, there is no need to outsource any more rapid prototyping.
All 3D printers in Objet’s Eden and Connex ranges are capable of industry-leading 16-micron print layers. This produces very smooth models, which in turn allows much more accurate rapid prototyping. Compare this to SLA:
SLA – 50 microns
Objet Connex – 14 microns
Traditional SLA machines have previously been the preserve of large bureaus. Now, product designers have superior capability right next to their desk.
3D CAD designers have been waiting for a machine that can truly be used in an office environment. The Objet260 Connex fits the bill.
Not only does it have a small footprint, but the Connex is also very quiet in operation and compares favourably with a standard 2D laser printer. There is also no need for special handling or the use of post-processing techniques. Materials are loaded in clean, sealed cartridges and parts are cured while they are being built. Once complete, support material can simply be removed by hand or with cold tap water.
If you would like us to prove the capabilities of an Objet Connex 3D printer, please get in touch on 01283 585955 and challenge us to print one of your own parts free of charge.