3D-printing manufacturer Stratasys debuted the Objet500 Connex3, the world’s first 3D printer that can produce multi-color, multi-material objects at the same time.
This means the one-dimensional design aesthetic seen in many 3D-printed prototypes can now give way to a wide range of dynamic and — more importantly — consumer-ready prototypes in terms of look and feel.
“As the first true multi-purpose 3D printer, we believe the Objet500 Connex3 color multi-material 3D printer is in a league of its own, enabling you to dream up a product in the morning, and hold it in your hands by the afternoon, with the exact intended color, material properties and surface finish,” Stratasys vice-president of product marketing and sales operations Igal Zeitun, said in a statement.
Using three different base resins and 10 color palettes, the Objet500 Connex3 can craft a variety of 3D-printed objects.
Stratasys provides examples that are surprisingly elaborate, including a pair of sports goggles (complete with lenses and rubber-like components), flexible shoes, headphones, a blender and even multi-colored football and bike helmets.