Objet Continues to Revolutionize Rapid Prototyping; Reveals Newest Multi-Material 3D Printer, the Compact Objet260 Connex

By Objet Geometries Ltd, PRNE
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

REHOVOT, Israel, July 6, 2011 -

  • Compact, office-friendly, multi-material 3D printer
  • Worlds only technology able to jet 2 materials at
    the same time to
    produce advanced composite materials
    up to 14 individual material elements in one
    , in a single print run
  • Available with the newly released Objet
    ABS-like and c
    lear transparent materials

Objet Ltd., the innovation
leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive
manufacturing, today revealed the href="www.objet.com/3D-Printer/Objet260_Connex/">Objet260
Connex, a compact and attractively priced addition to Objet’s
family of multi-material 3D printers. The Objet260 Connex is based
on the company’s patented inkjet 3D printing technology -– the
world’s only rapid prototyping system able to jet 2 materials at
the same time. This technology allows users to select from a large
range of composite materials when building 3D models, such as
Objet’s recently released href="www.objet.com/3D-Printing-Materials/Overview/ABS-like/">
ABS-like material. The system can also print a model replica
made of up to 14 individual materials in a single print run.

Commenting on the new 3D printer, David Reis, CEO for Objet
said, “The compact Objet260 Connex brings our high-resolution,
multi-material 3D printing to new levels of accessibility for
front-line designers and engineers who demand the highest quality
prototypes and true-product representation. And all this in a
system that is quiet, reliable and small enough to run in the
corner of any office.”

The Objet260 Connex allows users to create prototypes containing
distinct material elements, such as rigid walls with flexible,
rubber-like joints or models combining transparent and opaque
parts. According to Eli B. Hamou, R&D Product Manager for
Medtronic, a leading medical technology provider, “The Objet260
Connex multi-material 3D printer allows us to produce realistic
anatomical models and prototypes of our medical devices by printing
both rigid and flexible material elements in a single print job.
This has enabled us to develop better end-products in far less
time. It has also opened up for us a whole new direction for future
research, that until now we were unable to practically

Lucien Hirschi, CEO for Zedax SA, a Swiss 3D printing service
bureau said, “The new Objet260 Connex enables us to accurately
simulate the real look and feel of the complex watch designs that
we receive from watchmakers. As the only platform able to simulate
the different material properties of assembled watches, the
Objet260 Connex gives us a major advantage and enables us to expand
our business opportunities.”

The Objet Connex family of 3D printers is the recipient of the
EuroMold 2007 Innovation Award, recognizing the most innovative
developments from the fields of mold-making and tooling, design and
application development. It is used at companies such as href="www.objet.com/Pages/Case_Studies/Automotive/Jaguar_Land_Rover/">
Jaguar Land Rover, href="www.objet.com/Pages/Case_Studies/Footwear/adidas_AG/">adidas
AG, href="www.objet.com/Pages/Case_Studies/Consumer_Goods/Trek/?eType=ALL&LCTag=ALL&LCPage=ALL&modId=7964">
Trek Bicycles, href="www.objet.com/Pages/Case_Studies/Consumer_Electronics/DRS_Tactical_Systems/">
DRS Tactical Systems, href="www.objet.com/Pages/Case_Studies/Service_Bureau/Vista_Technologies/">
Vista Technologies, IPF,
Zedax, Medtronic, href="www.objet.com/RESOURCES/Case_Studies/">and many

Notes for Editors

The href="www.objet.com/3D-Printer/Objet_Connex_Family/">Objet
Connex family of multi-material 3D printers uses the world’s
only multi-material 3D printing technology.

Multi-material 3D Printing -– Objet’s inkjet-based
technology is the only one that allows 2 materials to be jetted at
the same time. This opens up a whole range of new applications for
3D printing, including the accurate representation of assembled
goods and consumer products. For example, consumer device
prototypes that require a particular tactile feel such as mobile
phones can be accurately reproduced in a single print job using a
hard material for the shell and a flexible material for the

Composite materials -– Objet’s inkjet-based technology is
the only technology that enables the mixing of 2 materials to
produce new materials with distinct properties, textures and
colors. From a base of 14 cartridge ready materials, users can
create up to 51 composite, Digital Materials based on various
combinations of the original 14. Examples include Objet’s newly
released ABS-like Digital Material, able to simulate the toughness
and high temperature resistance of ABS-grade engineering

Mixed parts -– Using Objet’s multi-material 3D
printers, users can print a model or prototype made of up to 14
distinct material elements. Such prototypes and models can consist
of soft, flexible rubber-like elements, seamlessly joined with
transparent elements, or rigid elements, in a number of various
colors and shades. This capability provides a unique user
experience for simulating gaskets, seals, hinges, shoe soles, tires
and many other soft-touch applications.

The Objet260 Connex can use Objet’s range of href="www.objet.com/3D-Printing-Materials/">over 60 printing
materials which provide users with a wide range of mechanical,
thermal and physical  properties from href="www.objet.com/3D-Printing-Materials/Overview/Rigid_Opaque/">
rigid (Objet Vero family) to href="www.objet.com/3D-Printing-Materials/Overview/Rubber-like/">
rubber (Objet Tango family) to clear href="www.objet.com/3D-Printing-Materials/Overview/Transparent/">
transparency  (Objet VeroClear) and href="www.objet.com/3D-Printing-Materials/Overview/ABS-like/">
ABS-grade engineering plastics (Objet RGD5160-DM).  

The Objet260 Connex has a 260 x 260 x 200mm (10.2 x 10.2 x 7.9″)
tray size and uses sealed material cartridges that are easy to
insert and remove. Models are cured during the build process and
can be handled immediately after printing. The system prints in
16-micron layers, producing models of unrivalled resolution detail
and professional accuracy.

The Objet260 Connex href="www.objet.com/3D-Printer/Objet-260-Connex-Media-Kit/">Digital
Media Kit is available href="www.objet.com/3D-Printer/Objet-260-Connex-Media-Kit/">online.

About Objet

Objet Ltd., the innovation
leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive
manufacturing, provides 3-dimensional printing systems that enable
manufacturers and industrial designers to reduce cost of product
development and dramatically shorten time-to-market of new

Objet’s ultra-thin-layer, high-resolution 3-dimensional printing
systems and materials utilize PolyJet polymer jetting technology,
to print ultra-thin 16-micron layers. The market-proven Objet Eden
line of 3D Printing Systems and the Objet24 and Objet30 desktop 3D
printers are based on Objet’s patented office-friendly PolyJet
Technology. The Objet Connex multi-material family is based on
Objet’s PolyJet Matrix Technology, which jets multiple model
materials simultaneously and creates composite Digital Materials on
the fly. All Objet systems use Objet’s FullCure® materials to
create accurate, clean, smooth, and highly detailed 3D parts.

Objet systems are in use by customers worldwide, including
Fortune 100 companies, in multiple industries such as automotive,
architecture, consumer goods and electronics, dental, defense,
education, industrial machinery, medical, medical devices, toys,
footwear and service bureaus.

Founded in 1998, Objet serves its growing global customer base
through offices in USA, Mexico, Europe, Japan, China and Hong Kong,
and a global network of distribution partners. Objet owns more than
110 patents and patent pending inventions. For more information,
visit us at href="www.objet.com/">www.objet.com, and for more
about 3D printing industry-related news, business issues and
trends, read the Objet

© 2010 Objet, Quadra, QuadraTempo, PolyJet, FullCure, SHR, Eden,
Eden250, Eden260, Eden 260V, Eden330, Eden350, Eden350V, Eden500V,
Job Manager, Objet Studio, CADMatrix, Connex, Connex350, Connex500,
Alaris, Alaris30, PolyLog, TangoBlack, TangoGray, TangoPlus,
TangoBlackPlus, VeroBlue, VeroWhite, VeroBlack, VeroGray, Durus,
Digital Materials, Polyjet Matrix and ObjetGreen are trademarks or
registered trademarks of Objet Geometries Ltd. and may be
registered in certain jurisdictions. All other trademarks belong to
their respective owners. 

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