Stratasys, Eden Prairie, MN, has introduced the Objet500 Connex3 color multi-material 3D printer, the first 3D printer to combine colors with multi-material 3D printing. It features triple-jetting technology that combines droplets of three base materials to produce parts with virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible, and transparent color materials, as well as color digital materials, all in a single print run. Similar to a 2D inkjet printer, three different color materials (VeroCyan, VeroMagenta, and VeroYellow) are combined to produce hundreds of vivid colors. These color materials join the PolyJet photopolymer materials, including digital materials, rigid, rubber-like, transparent, and high-temperature materials, to simulate standard and high-temperature engineering plastics. The printer features six palettes for rubber-like Tango colors, ranging from opaque to transparent colors in various shore values.

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