Objet260 Connex 3D printer launched; it is a Multi Material Printer in compact size
Objet Geometries has revealed the Objet260 Connex at an event at its European HQ in Baden-Baden, Germany. The Objet260 Connex is a compact, attractively priced edition of Objet’s pioneering line of multi-material 3D printers. It enables designers and engineers to rapidly build prototypes to match their intended end-product like no other technology currently available.
The company’s multi-material Connex technology was previously available in a 500 x 400 x 200 mm for the Connex500 or 350 x 350 x 200 mm for the Connex350. The latest addition to the line up has (apart from a change in naming convention) a 260 x 260 x 200 mm build platform and proportionally smaller footprint of 870 x 735 x 1200 mm. The company hopes that the decreased size and cost of the Objet260 Connex will make the multimaterial technology available to more designers and engineers. Although no prices have been published to date the system will probably fit in between the Eden350 and Connex350 price points.
The Objet260 Connex enables users to select as many as up to 51 composite, Digital Materials™ simulating anything from rubber to transparency to rigid ABS-grade engineering plastics. It encourages designers and engineers to explore and innovate and helps them to come to the right choices based on the best representation of theirintended end-product.
Connex multi-material jetting technology allows users to create up to 14 different ‘digital materials’ in the same part or tray build (i.e., 14 materials in a single part, or 14 materials across multiple parts on the same tray). Digital materials are created on-the-fly when two base materials are combined at the build point, both in terms of position and proportion, according to computer algorithms. In total 51 digital materials can be created by the 260 Connex from a choice of 12 base modelling materials including Objet’s ABS-like Digital material, VeroClear, Tango, FullCure720, Vero rigid opaque, and DurusWhite.
The company’s promo video below explains a little more of the technology and the 260 Connex in particular, or you can speak to the company at TCTLive 2011 on booth G28, 27–29 September.