Objet Ltd. has expanded the materials processable in its Ink-jet type prototyping technology.
Bruce Bradshaw, director of marketing for Objet America said his firm is debuting high-temperature materials for Objet's printing prototypers, following on last year's introduction of new clear materials. Objet, with headquarters in Rehovot, Israel,now has available 107 engineering materials available for inkjet-made protoypes by combining various grades.
Bradshaw said his firm's technology is unusual because it allows multimaterial printing. One section of a part can be rigid while another section is printed with rubber like properties. A syringe is an example of two-material prototyping. Most of Objet's main materials are based on acrylic polymers. Properties can range from ABS to polypropylene to rubber.
Object's print layers are 16 microns thick and cured with UV light.
Bradshaw said a wide range of markets rely on inkjet prototypes. Among the fastest growing are dental and medical, where digital scans of teeth or body parts can be translated into inkject-printed teeth or other parts without going through a molding stage.
Objet agreed to merge with 3D printing major Stratasys Inc. of Eden Prairie, Minn., a move that Bradshaw said will be finalized in autumn.
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