Inkjet-based 3D printing has long been regarded as the most comprehensive and effective 3D printing method for rapid prototyping purposes. Why?
- Inkjet is highly accurate – Objet's 3D printing systems can print down to 16 micron layers – creating models with highly smooth surface finish and thin walls that means that even small details are not lost in translation from CAD to prototype.
- Inkjet is extremely versatile – inkjet uses multiple printing nozzles that can jet a variety of resins to build a real-looking object in the same way that a regular printer jets different inks to create a real-looking picture. Objet for example has over 60 resins and can mix these up to create 51 composite materials, and can even specify which material is used in which part of the model being built – which enables true-product realism for assembled products made of different material parts (such as hand-held devices).
- Inkjet is the most flexible technology – Objet's high-resolution capabilities are replicated in a range of build-sizes and price points from the advanced Objet Connex multi-material systems down to Desktop 3D printing machines.
Today, inkjet 3D printing just took a significant leap forward with Objet's release of a new ABS-like Digital Material. This material is designed to simulate the high toughness and high temperature resistance of ABS-grade engineering plastics.
So now, not only to Objet customers get the amazing accuracy, versatility and flexibility that's the hallmark of inkjet technology – they also get prototypes that functionally perform like the real-thing – if what you need is true ABS simulation. This is what the revolution is all about!
Here's a first look at how the ABS-like Digital Material performs in real-life. And tomorrow we will be bringing you another material surprise that's just as important as this one – so stay tuned – we've only just begun!