Stratasys’ New Multi-Material J750 3D Printer Sets the Bar for Most Realistic 3D-Printed Objects
One of the major limitations of conventional 3D printers is that typically they can only produce objects made of one material – usually a brittle, plastic substance, and in color. However, since 2014, one of the market leaders in the 3D-printer industry, Stratasys, has been introducing multi-color, multi-material 3D printers. It recently introduced its most advanced multi-color, multi-material 3D printer, the J750. According to the firm, the J750 enables users to mix-and-match full-color gradients along with a range of materials to achieve “one-stop realism without post-processing,” making it the choice for product designers, engineers, manufacturers, and service bureaus.
The J750, which print layers as thin as 14 micros – or as fine as the dust from confectioner’s sugar – is Stratasys’ “premier addition” to its Objet Connex multi-color, multi-material series of 3D printers. With the J750, customers can choose from more than 360,000 different color shades, as well as choose from multiple material properties that range from rigid to flexible, and opaque to transparent – so that they can produce prototypes such as the sports shoe shown above that combine one material type for the body of the shoe, and rubber material for the sole of the shoe. Up to six different materials can be loaded and used at one time.
Because users can create prototypes incorporating an expanded range of colors, materials, and material properties in the same part, production of realistic prototypes and parts can be done much faster. According to Stratasys, this will ultimately improve TCO (Total Cost of Ownership), eliminating many of the traditional complex processes, time, and resources required to create product-matching prototypes, as there’s no need to paint and assemble objects.
Increased Productivity and Throughput with New PolyJet Studio and Six-Material Capacity
The J750 is supported with a streamlined workflow beginning with the all new PolyJet Studio. The software’s new user interface allows users to choose materials, optimize the build, and manage print queues, and assignment of colors, transparencies, and rigidity is made easy via familiar design controls. Color textures can be loaded fully intact via VRML files imported from CAD tools.
The firm says newly designed, state-of-the-art print heads means simulated production plastics, such as Digital ABS, can be 3D-printed in half the time of other Stratasys PolyJet systems.
Order-taking is available now. For more information on the J750, visit Stratasys here.
Vero family of opaque materials including neutral shades and vibrant colors
Tango family of flexible materials
Transparent VeroClear and RGD720
Unlimited number of composite materials including:
Over 360,000 colors
Digital ABS and Digital ABS2 in ivory and green
Rubber-like materials in a variety of Shore A values
Translucent color tints
SUP705 (WaterJet removable)
Build Size: 490 x 390 x 200 mm (19.3 x 15.35 x 7.9 in.)
Layer Thickness: Horizontal build layers down to 14 microns (0.00055 in.)
Workstation Compatibility: Microsoft Windows 7 and 8.1 64 bit
Network Connectivity: LAN – TCP/IP
System size and Weight:
3D Printer:1400 x 1260 x 1100 mm (55.1 x 49.6 x 43.4 in.); 430 kg (948 lbs.)
Material Cabinet: 670 x 1,170 x 640 mm (26.4 x 46.1 x 25.2 in.); 152 kg (335 lbs.)
Operating Conditions: Temperature 18-25 °C (64-77 °F); relative humidity 30-70% (non-condensing)
100–120 VAC, 50–60 Hz, 13.5 A, 1 phase
220–240 VAC, 50–60 Hz, 7 A, 1 phase
CE, FCC, EAC
PolyJet Studio 3D Printing Software
High Speed: up to 3 base resins, 27-micron (0.001 in.) resolution
High Quality: up to 6 base resins, 14-micron (0.00055 in.) resolution
High Mix: up to 6 base resins, 27-micron (0.001 in.) resolution
Accuracy: 20-85 microns for features below 50 mm; up to 200 microns for full model size (for rigid materials only)
X-axis: 600 dpi
Y-axis: 600 dpi
Z-axis: 1800 dpi
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