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Stratasys’s New Connex3 Prints Multiple Materials in Multiple Colors

At SolidWorks World Stratasys Ltd. has launched the next generation of its Objet500 Connex line of 3D printers, the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D printer, which combines colors with multi-material 3D printing. Previous 3D printers, notably from 3D Systems‘ ZPrinter line and Mcor’s line of paper-based 3D printers, have been capable of 3D printing in multiple colors. Stratasys’ own line of Objet printers have been capable of producing 3D prints in multiple materials. However, the Connex3 is the first 3D printer to combine both in what the company calls “virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible, and transparent color materials as well as color digital materials” in a single print run.

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Rapid Ready Roundup: Xbox One, Sugar Printing, and Cyvasse

In the course of my diligent efforts to keep you good people up to date on the state of additive manufacturing (AM), I come across many interesting news items. I’ll gather them up every so often and present them in a Rapid Ready Roundup (like this one). You can find the last Roundup here.

Let’s hit start on today’s Roundup with some news about the Xbox One. Microsoft’s next generation of game consoles is scheduled to be released sometime this year. During the hardware design phase of development, the company turned to AM for rapid prototyping. Continue reading

Additive Manufacturing Helps Soldiers Breathe Easy with New Gas Mask Design

The sheer number of stories floating around these days with the words “3D printing” and “gun” in the title is pretty astonishing. You’d think all additive manufacturing (AM) systems did was spit out firearms. Yes, Rapid Ready has done some stories on that topic, but I’m happier by far to cover stories in which AM helps save lives.

Even when it comes to national defense, AM has more to offer than figuring out better ways to blow stuff up. UK firm Design Reality has recently put 3D printing to use to design a better General Service Respirator – more commonly known as a gas mask – for the British military. Continue reading

Rapid Ready Roundup: KamerMaker, Organovo, Custom Speakers and Tonearms

In the course of my diligent efforts to keep you good people up to date on the state of additive manufacturing (AM), I come across many interesting news items. I’ll gather them up every so often and present them in a Rapid Ready Roundup (like this one). You can find the last Roundup here.

Let’s begin today’s Roundup by building on past work. The era of 3D printed homes may soon be upon us. Innovators have taken a number of different approaches to the idea, and Netherlands-based KamerMaker is another process looking to provide you with shelter. Continue reading

Rapid Ready Roundup: PolyJet Over-Mold, Shapeways, Square Helper, and Pottery

In the course of my diligent efforts to keep you good people up to date on the state of additive manufacturing (AM), I come across many interesting news items. I’ll gather them up every so often and present them in a Rapid Ready Roundup (like this one). You can find the last Roundup here.

Let’s begin today’s Roundup with a look at materials. Solid Concepts has released information about its new Polyjet Over-Mold process. Using an Objet Connex500, the over-mold combines PolyJet White with PolyJet Flex Black to create over-molded prototypes more quickly than is possible with the usual casting methods. A single object can incorporate shore hardness between Shore 27A to Shore 95A. Continue reading