Gizmos & Gadgets: The World’s First Colour Multi-Material 3D Printer

January 27, 2014 – It is called the Objet500 Connex3 Multi-material 3D printer, and it is the first to create models, molds and parts in colour using a combination of base materials.




Beta tested by a Wisconsin company, Trex Bicycle, the printer manufactured bike chain guards and handlebar grips. The developer, Stratasys, hopes to see the printer used by a number of industries including sport, fashion and automotive.

Printer capabilities include:


  • ability to create parts and assemblies from multiple materials in a single build,
  • 16-30 micron thick printing to ensure smooth surfaces with fine detail,
  • can handle over 180 different materials, from rubber to transparent glass to plastics,
  • creates colours, shades and patterns including dots and grids.


And the printer is now commercially available. You can fill out an online form to get a pricing quote.




Len Rosen lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a researcher and writer who has a fascination with science and technology. He is married with a daughter who works in radio, and a miniature red poodle who is his daily companion on walks of discovery. More...