Objet500 Connex3 is the world's first commercial full-colour multi-material, 3D printer. The printer will initially retail at about $330,000 (£200,000).
Objet500 Connex3 is a "triple-jetting" printer that combines droplets of three base materials, including rubber and plastic, that are mixed and treated to form products that consist of elements with varying flexibility and rigidity, transparency and opacity. Traditional 2D printer CMYK colours are mixed with the base materials enabling objects to be printed in a palette made up of 46 colours.
The Objet500 Connex3 Color Mutli-material 3D Printer looks set to be a time-saver for designers and manufacturers, reducing the requirement for individual print runs and painting.
The Objet500 Connex3 main competitor at time of release is 3D Systems' multi-material 3D printer, the ProJet 5500X. However the Projet 5500X can only print in black, white, and greys, while Stratasys' printer is full colour.
This set of interlinked rings were printed using an Objet500 Connex3 printer and demonstrate its colour handling capabilities. Using the printers triple-jetting capability, different rings might be soft or hard to touch, displaying different levels of elasticity.