New materials capable of creating virtually unlimited combinations of flexible, rigid, and translucent-to-opaque colors in a single print run are now available for the Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer.

New materials capable of creating virtually unlimited combinations of flexible, rigid, and translucent-to-opaque colors in a single print run are now available for the Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer.

Triflex flexible paletteStratasys says these three new, flexible 72-color palettes composed of rubber-like TangoPlus and rigid Vero materials "allow virtually unlimited combinations of flexible, rigid, and translucent-to-opaque colors in a single print run."

What it means in practice is that production of complete products without the need for manual assembly is now an option, and product designers can validate their designs to improve them and reduce costs, reduce the length of the development cycle and cut time-to-market.

When paired up with the Connex3, the new color options are expected to find a home in creating consumer, medical and automotive product components that offer "true-to-life aesthetics."

"The Objet500 Connex3 is the only 3D printer that combines colors with multi-material 3D printing," said Stratasys Director of Materials and Applications, Fred Fischer. "The ability to mix rigid, flexible, transparent and opaque colors offers users unprecedented versatility to design and perfect products faster. By extending the range of material options available, users can improve workflow speeds and enhance efficiency."

From transparent to opaque, the flexible color options comprise six rubber material palettes composed of rubber-like TangoPlus and combinations of rigid opaque VeroCyan, VeroMagenta and VeroYellow, now available to Objet500 Connex3 users via a free software update.

Stratasys Ltd., headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, provides 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions to produce prototypes and manufactured goods directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content. The company produces 3D printers for idea development, prototyping and direct digital manufacturing, and Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot, Solidscape and RedEye, the firm's digital-manufacturing service bureau.

Stratasys has more than 1900 employees and holds more than 550 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents globally.