Objet Geometries Debuts Compact 3D Printer in Japan

Jun 24, 2011
Masaru Yoshida, Nikkei Monozukuri
The Objet260 Connex expresses the characteristics of various materials by mixing two or more materials.
The Objet260 Connex expresses the characteristics of various materials by mixing two or more materials.
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Gilad Yron (left) and Jonathan Jaglom (right) of Objet Geometries
Gilad Yron (left) and Jonathan Jaglom (right) of Objet Geometries
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Objet Geometries Ltd of Israel released the "Objet260 Connex," its new three-dimensional printer.

The company realized the "Digital Material," a function to express the characteristics of various materials by mixing two or more materials, with a compact body measuring 870 (W) x 735 (D) x 1,200mm (H). This function has been available only to the company's large-size high-class products.

The Objet260 Connex was announced in Japan for the first time in the world. The dimensions of its tray are 260 x 260 x 200mm, and its laminate thickness is 16μm.

"Its small size and high shaping accuracy meet the needs of Japanese engineers," said Gilad Yron, Asia Pacific Managing Director of Objet Geometries.

The printer can deal with 14 materials including (1) "Objet RGD5160-DM," which is similar to ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), (2) "Vero," which is hard and white, (3) "VeroClear," which is transparent, and (4) "Tango," which is like rubber.

By injecting and mixing two or more of those materials and changing their blend ratios, more than 50 kinds of materials can be used for the Digital Material. As a result, it became possible to form a model that has both a soft part like a rubber part and a hard part like an ABS part at one go.

In Japan, Altech Co Ltd and Fasotec Co Ltd, which are Objet Geometries' agencies, sell the printer for a price of ¥20-30 million (approx US$248,447-372,671).