One-Stop Realism to 3D Printing
Stratasys has once again transformed the impact of 3D printing on product development and delivery with the new Stratasys J750 3D printer. This new solution enables customers — for the first time — to mix-and-match full-color gradients alongside a wide range of materials to achieve one-stop realism without post-processing. This, together with the system’s superior versatility, makes the J750 the ultimate 3D printing solution for product designers, engineers and manufacturers, as well as service bureaus.
As the latest addition to the Objet Connex multi-color, multi-material 3D printer series, the J750 3D Printer enables efficient, informed decision-making to help accelerate the way products are designed, evaluated and brought to market. A true industry milestone, the J750 is expected to improve Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by eliminating many of the traditional complex processes, time and resources required to create product-matching prototypes. Designers and engineers can physically experience true product prototypes within hours of developing an initial concept for immediate design and function validation with internal stakeholders and end users.
“We’ve used 3D printers for years, but nothing has come close to revolutionizing our design and ideation process the way the Stratasys J750 has,” said Brycen Smith, engineering technician supervisor for OtterBox. “Stratasys allows us to innovate in ways we never thought possible and gives us the ability to create true product-matching prototypes and to cut down the time necessary to bring products to market. The Stratasys J750 is a game-changer for both OtterBox and the 3D printing industry.”
The J750 lets users choose from more than 360,000 different color shades, plus multiple material properties – ranging from rigid to flexible and opaque to transparent. Prototypes can combine a vast array of colors, materials and material properties in the same part, speeding production of realistic models, prototypes and parts for virtually any application need – as well as delivering incomparable 3D printing versatility to produce tooling, molds, jigs and fixtures, and more.
“Today’s supply chain is considering transformational opportunities that can be realized through 3D printing capabilities. It is enabling new business opportunities to more quickly design and test products that are under development, as well as to actually manufacture commercial and industrial goods. [3D printing technologies] are also enabling the ‘new possible’ by producing new designs that could not be made with traditional manufacturing technologies, while negating assembly, improving performance and elevating part quality,” according to Michael Shanler, Research Director, and Pete Basiliere, Research VP for Imaging and Print Services, Gartner.*
Increased Productivity and Throughput with New PolyJet Studio and Six Material Capacity
The J750’s one-stop realism is supported with a streamlined workflow, beginning with the all new PolyJet Studio™. The software’s new intuitive user interface allows users to simply choose materials, optimize the build and manage print queues. Assignment of colors, transparencies and rigidity is eased via familiar design controls. Color textures are able to be loaded fully intact via VRML files imported from CAD tools.
The Stratasys offering also minimizes downtime associated with material changeovers. Featuring a large, six-material capacity, it keeps the most used resins loaded and ready for printing. Newly designed, state-of-the-art print heads means simulated production plastics, like Digital ABS™, can be 3D printed in half the time of other Stratasys PolyJet systems. As 3D printed models are delivered complete across a broad spectrum of multiple combined colors, color textures and materials – no time is wasted on painting and assembly.
“With the introduction of the J750, we are harnessing more than 25 years of experience to set a new historical milestone in 3D printing – reaffirming our commitment to keep our customers always on the cutting edge of innovation,” said Josh Claman, Chief Business Officer, Stratasys. “With its one-stop realism, the J750 is quite simply a game changer. By combining full color with multiple materials and a streamlined workflow, it recalibrates the impact of 3D printing in the product development cycle. Informed design decisions can be made immediately after ideation. The time saved by eliminating the painting and assembly process can lead to faster product delivery times. And the fact that the J750 is a multi-purpose system that can also produce production tools, manufacturing molds, teaching aids, and other models raises the bar in 3D printing versatility.”
Among the many organizations and businesses that can benefit from the J750 are consumer product companies, service bureaus, design firms, universities and research institutions, medical device companies, hospitals, medical schools, and special effects and animation companies.
* Gartner Hype Cycle for 3D Printing, 2015, July 27, 2015.