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The Craziest 3D Printed Part EVER

Combination of Black and Transparent Materials – 3D Printed on the Objet Connex500

I think this is definitely the craziest 3D printed part that I’ve seen for quite some time.

What you’re looking at is a piece of a puzzle that was created on an Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer – and forms just one part of a larger puzzle cube that was given out at this year’s RAPID show that just wrapped up in Atlanta. The visitors to the show are given a list of which exhibitors have puzzle pieces and as they tour the show they collect all the pieces to form the finished puzzle.

As you can see from the photo below, the Objet piece fits together with pieces provided by some of the other 3D printing companies exhibiting at this year’s show to form a solid cube.

For those new to 3D printing, there are 2 things about the Objet model that make it truly unique: ONE is that it features various opaque 3D printed objects suspended within a clear, smooth 3D printed transparent body – yet the entire part is printed in a single step. This is the only technology in the world capable of jetting and segregating different materials within a homogenously grown part.

And TWO is the incredible fine detail resolution achieved!! Check out that micro-scaled skeletal hand, spring coil and Eiffel Tower in relation to the size of the lines on my fingers…

Objet Connex – a combination of 16 micron resolution and simultaneous multiple material jetting

This year’s RAPID show was a huge success for Objet – and according to many exhibitors – one of the busiest shows they’ve seen in years.  As well as the Objet Connex system on display, there was great interest around our brand new Objet30 Pro desktop 3D printer. As you can see below, we managed to display the machine along with some of the 3D printed models and furniture that was featured in the now well-known Objet30 Pro short movie that’s been the focus of this blog for the last week.


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Sam Green, Head of Marketing for Rapid Prototyping Solutions, Stratasys

Sam Green, Head of Marketing for Rapid Prototyping Solutions, Stratasys

Sam Green is Head of Marketing for Rapid Prototyping Solutions at Stratasys.


    • Hi Kelly – I’m working on something and will let everyone know soon..thanks for the interest! Sam.

  • Near here, a 3D house printer is nearly finished printing a house – its taken nearly 2 days with pauses for placement of tension members. As 3D house printers improve the concrete-glass fibre and expanding foam inks they use will come down in price and entirely displace traditional construction. Watching a house print from a giant dot matrix hydraulic arm looks closest to a concrete pump.

    We are witness to the 3D printing revolution.

  • I clicked on this site directly from viewing info on the ITER nuclear fusion reactor which needs 18 huge superconducting toroidal magnets with enough wire to circle the earth fifteen times and which must be positioned within two millimeters (millimetres to some of you) in order to function. Here I learn that houses are already being printed.

    Hmm…By 2050, which is the earliest that they believe the first commercial reactor could be built, the cheapest way to build one will probably be to print it! No problem with precision way better than two millimeters either.

    If we can avoid bombing each other back into the stone age and get past a worldwide collapse of fiat currencies, wow, what a future!

  • Ah yes, I can just see the enormous 3d Printers – making wood beams from: Wood, Steel, Paint (several colors) – and the huge hoppers needed to keep the printer going – you can even program it so it puts knots in the wood grain :^)

  • of course, the printer will cost more than 500 homes so the payback period of about 250 years and it’s expected life is 50 years ! YIKES!

    Sounds like Solyndra!

    • Hi Bob,
      I think your math might be a little off. 3D printing has proven over and over to be a time saving, money saving investment for the companies that use it. Have a look at some of our customer videos to hear for yourself how 3D printing has saved time, money and given them a competitive edge.

  • LOL an article about 3d printing and they print a flat two dimensional photo of the object LOL
    OMG journalism has really gone down the tubes.

  • At 85 years old I envy future generations, they will live through the most amazing times. Of course, that’s assuming they don’t blow themselves up before then. I have been a futurologist (just came across that name recently) since I was a schoolboy, and I am fascinated by the prospects of the future, not only in science but also in social and political developments, how I wish I could take a magic pill, live for 200 years, and experience all the tremendous changes that are on the horizon.

    • 3d scaffolds have already been used for the creation of “grown” body parts that have been, often successfully, at least once unsuccessfully, transplanted into humans.

  • Boeing is working on 3D Printing the entire frame for the New AirBus Plane. Which will make it lighter and stronger than traditional framework.

    • …are you sure you got that company name right? Boeing is designing revolutionary new technology for use by their only significant competitor in commercial aviation (AirBus)?

  • Sci-Fi novels predicted this sort of thing 50 years ago, with the ability to feed in any raw material and produce any required object including food – (but that might be even further away).

    • That’s what the food processors on the original Star Trek series were, before they started using magical replicators.

  • I must admit I scoffed at these a few years ago. I saw them as a novelty and thought it would be decades before the tech advanced enough to be useful. Even though the tech has not changed much, it is the ingenuity of the users that has proven me wrong.

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