Objet will be presenting the latest additions to its portfolio of 65(!) 3D printing materials at PDM 2011, today, at the ExCel Center in London. Stand 54.
The new materials – both the ABS-like Digital Material for simulating ABS-grade engineering plastics and the Clear Transparent material (Objet VeroClear) for rapid prototyping of water-clear transparent parts became commerically available from April 13th this year. They are now debuting in the UK – and are fully available for UK-companies requiring advanced rapid prototyping and 3D printing.
About the ABS-like 3D Printing Material:
For manufacturers and engineers looking to simulate ABS-grade engineering plastics, Objet’s ABS-like Digital Material (RGD5160-DM) provides a high temperature resistance of 65°C straight from the printer (90°C with post-thermal treatment) and a high toughness of 65-80J/m.
The material is excellent for simulating snap-fit parts (like the clip in the photo), durable and movable parts (like these scissors that can very effectively cut paper!), and products requiring drop-testing.
The ABS-like material’s unique properties are made possible by Objet’s simultaneous multi-material 3D printing technology that’s available on the company’s Objet Connex family of 3D printers. The system allows users to select and print special composite Digital Materials – of which the new ABS-like Digital Material is just one out of a total of 51. The system can also print a grand total of 65 different materials including up to 14 different materials in a single printed part.
The Objet Connex350 and Objet Connex500 multi-material 3D printers will also be showcased at the show.
About the Clear Transparent Material:
The Objet VeroClear material provides clear optical and visual transparency combined with great dimensional stability.
The material allows designers to simulate PMMA (a common glass substitute) in glass-like applications such as lighting cases and covers, lenses, eye-wear and cosmetics containers.
The material is also excellent for visualizing liquid-flows within a system (like in the photo on the left) and is useful in medical applications where it's important to visualize bone structure within a limb or nerves or blood vessels within an organ.