New PolyJet Triple-Jetting 3D Printers

Article by Rod Mackay updated December 15, 2014

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Stratasys have recently released a new family of Objet Triple-jetting 3D printers which employ the most advanced PolyJet technology. The new printers include the Objet260 Connex1, Connex 2 and Connex3 machines; and the larger Objet 350/500 Connex range. Take a look at the video below to learn more about the Objet260 Connex machines:

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What is PolyJet Triple-Jetting Technology?

Similar to inkjet document printing, PolyJet 3D printing jets micro-layers of liquid photopolymer onto a build tray, then cures it with UV light. The layers build up one at a time to create a fully realized 3D part or prototype. These fully cured parts can be handled and used immediately, without additional finishing.

Along with the selected model materials, triple-jetting 3D Printers also jet a gel-like support material specially formulated to uphold overhangs and complex geometries during the printing process. When completed, the gel is easily removed by WaterJet.

Triple-Jetting Connex 3D Printer

Triple-Jetting Connex 3D Printer

Benefits of a Triple-Jetting 3D Printer

Triple-jetting technology is PolyJet 3D Printing at its most advanced. Not only does this produce the most sophisticated multi-material prototypes and parts, but it offers surprising workflow benefits.

Triple-Jetting Parts

Triple-Jetting Parts

Mixed parts: Reduce or eliminate the need for assembly when you build as many as 82 distinct material properties into a single part in one automated job. Prototype complex products with flexible, rigid, colorful, translucent and opaque components just by hitting “print.”

Mixed trays: Multi-material 3D printing provides great efficiency, even when all you need are single-material parts. Serve diverse needs simultaneously by building a variety of dissimilar parts in one job.

Few material changeovers: With three base resins loaded at once, triple-jetting systems require few material changes, meaning you enjoy more up-time and the ability to build a wider variety of parts at a moment’s notice.

Compare Triple-Jetting 3D Printers

See how the Connex1, Connex2, and Connex3 compare to each other for the Objet260, 350, and 500 range

 

 Connex1 ModelConnex2 ModelConnex3 Model

Specifications

Connex1Connex2Connex3
Materials

Rigid Opaque: VeroWhitePlus, VeroBlackPlus, VeroGray and VeroBlue
Rubber-like: Tango family

Transparent: RGD720 and VeroClear
Simulated

Polypropylene (Endur™ and Durus™)

Bio-compatible

High Temperature

 

Rigid Opaque: VeroWhitePlus, VeroBlackPlus, VeroGray and VeroBlue
Rubber-like: Tango family

Transparent: RGD720 and VeroClear
Simulated

Polypropylene (Endur™ and Durus™)

Bio-compatible

High Temperature

 

Rigid Opaque: VeroWhitePlus, VeroBlackPlus, VeroGray and VeroBlue
Rubber-like: Tango family including colour and translucent

Transparent: RGD720 and VeroClear
Simulated

Polypropylene (Endur™ and Durus™)

Bio-compatible

High Temperature

 

Digital Materials
Dozens of Digital Materials fabricated on the fly, including durable Digital ABS.Hundreds of Digital Materials fabricated on the fly, including durable Digital ABS.
Material Options
14120Over 1,000
Maximum Materials per part
32782
Support Material
SUP705 non toxic gel-like photopolymer supportSUP705 non toxic gel-like photopolymer supportSUP705 non toxic gel-like
photopolymer support
Build Size (XxYxZ)

Objet®260™ Connex1™: 255 x 252 x 200
mm (10.0 x 9.9 x 7.9 in)

Objet350™ Connex1: 340 x 340 x 200 mm
(13.4 x 13.4 x 7.9 in)

Objet500™ Connex1: 490 x 390 x 200 mm
(19.3 x 15.4 x 7.9 in)

Objet260 Connex2: 255 x 252 x 200 mm
(10.0 x 9.9 x 7.9 in)

Objet350 Connex2: 340 x 340 x 200 mm
(13.4 x 13.4 x 7.9 in)

Objet500 Connex2: 490 x 390 x 200 mm
(19.3 x 15.4 x 7.9 in)

Objet260 Connex3: 255 x 252 x 200 mm
(10.0 x 9.9 x 7.9 in)

Objet350 Connex3: 340 x 340 x 200 mm
(13.4 x 13.4 x 7.9 in)

Objet500 Connex3: 490 x 390 x 200 mm
(19.3 x 15.4 x 7.9 in)

Layer Thickness
Horizontal build layers as fine as
16 microns (.0006 in)
Horizontal build layers as fine as
16 microns (.0006 in)
Horizontal build layers as fine as
16 microns (.0006 in)
Build Resolution
x-axis: 600 dpi; y-axis: 600 dpi;
z-axis: 1600 dpi
x-axis: 600 dpi; y-axis: 600 dpi;
z-axis: 1600 dpi
x-axis: 600 dpi; y-axis: 600 dpi;
z-axis: 1600 dpi
Accuracy
20-85 microns for features below
50 mm; up to 200 microns for full model size
20-85 microns for features below
50 mm; up to 200 microns for full model size
20-85 microns for features below
50 mm; up to 200 microns for full model size
Workstation Compatibility
Windows 7 and 8Windows 7 and 8Windows 7 and 8
Network Connectivity
LAN – TCP/IPLAN – TCP/IPLAN – TCP/IP
System
Size and Weight

Objet260 Connex1: 870 x 735 x 1200 mm
(34.3 x 28.9 x 47.2 in) 264 kg (582 lbs)

Objet350 Connex1: 1420 x 1120 x 1130 mm
(55.9 x 44.1 x 44.5 in) 500 kg (1102 lbs)

Objet500 Connex1: 1400 x 1260 x 1100 mm
(55.1 x 49.6 x 43.3 in) 430 kg (948 lbs)

Material Cabinet: (Objet260/350/500 Connex1):
330 x 1170 x 640 mm
(13 x 46.1 x 26.2 in) 76 kg (168 lbs)

Objet260 Connex2: 870 x 735 x 1200 mm
(34.3 x 28.9 x 47.2 in) 264 kg (582 lbs)

Objet350 Connex2: 1420 x 1120 x 1130 mm
(55.9 x 44.1 x 44.5 in) 500 kg (1102 lbs)

Objet500 Connex2: 1400 x 1260 x 1100 mm
(55.1 x 49.6 x 43.3 in) 430 kg (948 lbs)

Material Cabinet: (Objet260/350/500 Connex2):
330 x 1170 x 640 mm
(13 x 46.1 x 26.2 in) 76 kg (168 lbs)

Objet260 Connex3: 870 x 735 x 1200 mm
(34.3 x 28.9 x 47.2 in) 264 kg (582 lbs)

Objet350 Connex3: 1420 x 1120 x 1130 mm
(55.9 x 44.1 x 44.5 in) 500 kg (1102 lbs)

Objet500 Connex3: 1400 x 1260 x 1100 mm
(55.1 x 49.6 x 43.3 in) 430 kg (948 lbs)

Material Cabinet: (Objet260/350/500 Connex3):
330 x 1170 x 640 mm
(13 x 46.1 x 26.2 in) 76 kg (168 lbs)

Power
Requirements
110-240 VAC 50-60Hz;
1.5 KW single phase
110-240 VAC 50-60Hz;
1.5 KW single phase
110-240 VAC 50-60Hz;
1.5 KW single phase
Operational Conditions
Temperature 18-25°C (64-77°F);
relative humidity 30-70% (non-condensing)
Temperature 18-25°C (64-77°F);
relative humidity 30-70% (non-condensing)
Temperature 18-25°C (64-77°F);
relative humidity 30-70% (non-condensing)
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