I just got back from the annual Additive Manufacturers Users Group in St. Louis where I met fabulous people, saw wonderful machines and technology and saw so many of my old friends. I can’t begin to cover everything but I do want to share some highlights.
On Monday, I was privileged to be at the unveiling of the J750 Connex 3 printer. This printer is an enhanced Connex printer with WYSK color capability, increased speed and better resolution of features/layers, an enhanced software suite for dealing with files plus the ability to build with 6 materials and 1 support on one tray at one time. It runs in 3 modes including high quality, high mix and high speed and dispenses droplets that are ½ of the size of what the Connex machines did in previous generations. In high speed and high mix, the resolution is 27 microns and in high quality the resolution is an incredible 14 microns. The ability to mix the 6 colors at once allows the user to mix colors to achieve a full spectrum of color and with the PolyJet Suite (formerly called Objet Studio) you can compare what you are specifying to what the machine output would be on the color to fine tune to get just the right brightness and density as well as color saturation.
The J750 represents the product line between the Connex 3 and the Objet 1000 for better speed, resolution, color use and part size. Using the Connex 500 size build platform, the machine also features the “file cabinet” hot swappable material bays we first saw introduced in the Connex 3 color machines and a new print head design.
The print head allows the material to flow thru the nozzles by having two build materials come thru the nozzle dedicated to that build or support. It is explained as follows:
This makes the print head very reliable and robust. This also makes the print very detailed with the color with well-defined borders.
All in all, this new printer could indeed be the bigger, faster, better offering that customers have been looking for in color 3D printing equipment.
In the new Objet Studio software, the new user interface gives you a better experience since it has buttons and more interactions on print speed, color selection and mixing as well as more options on digital material selection. Objet Studio also gives users a better interface that is easier to use with more feedback on materials and file set up as well as repeatability and customization.
Compared to traditional color application, the new machine plus the new software give the user time savings and more options than ever possible.
The three printing modes of the J750 means that the users get 3 build options and 26 base materials with over 360,000 color combinations that give them both resolution and speed with different material selections. Additionally the digital material selection for different material mixes gives them color thru rigid and soft durometer parts.
If you would like more information on the J750 or the PolyJet Studio software, give us a call.