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.