How Educators and Students create realistic full-colour multi-material 3D models

Article by Rod Mackay created/updated August 13, 2019

Ask anyone in education what their top objectives are, and they’ll probably say it’s to enable students and faculty to achieve more, faster than what’s possible now, while saving money in the process. Ask what’s holding them back and you’ll probably find a diverse variety of obstacles in their day-to-day processes that hinder them in meeting those goals.

Having the right tools is crucial to accomplishing learning objectives, developing in-demand skills for science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) fields, empowering innovation and building college and career readiness. Additive manufacturing, widely known as 3D printing, is one of those tools that has helped many educators, as well as businesses, health care providers and researchers improve how they teach, design, manufacture and research.

3D Printing Education

Students with colour 3D printed models

While no tool is an all-in-one solution, 3D printing is a strong step in that direction, particularly in its most sophisticated forms. 3D printing makes it possible to build things that aren’t feasible with traditional processes like machining or injection molding. It creates models, prototypes, tools and some finished products faster and with fewer constraints, empowering designers to make better-informed decisions and refine their design more quickly.

3D Printing in multiple materials and colours

PolyJet™ technology is a colour 3D printing process with the capability to make parts, prototypes and models in multiple materials, colours and colour textures. All of these characteristics can be combined in one 3D print job, allowing complex parts with diverse properties to be produced quickly.

Stratasys J750

The latest innovation in this technology is the Stratasys® J750™ 3D Printer. The most sophisticated and versatile 3D printer on the market, it provides a breakthrough in the realism of 3D printed prototypes with the ability to build in full colour and a broad range of material properties. It also maximizes uptime and the diversity of jobs that can be handled with one system. In practical terms, it means you don’t just get a vague glimpse, but a detailed evaluation of your future part.

Stratasys J750

Stratasys J750

A 3D printer won’t solve all of the world’s problems, but among creative minds, the Stratasys J750 is an impressive tool to bring teaching and research achievements in line with aspirations.

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Rod Mackay

Rod has been using 3D CAD software for over 25 years and has trained thousands of designers to use their CAD systems more effectively. Rod is the Javelin Webmaster and is based in Ottawa, ON., Canada.

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