Today we announced the introduction of the Stratasys J55™ Prime 3D printer. This new addition to the Stratasys portfolio of PolyJet™ printers builds on the rotational printing technology introduced in 2020. This new model goes beyond full-color printing with new materials that enable tactile, textual, and sensory capabilities on top of the existing highly realistic visual models utilizing multi materials that cater to design, functional and biocompatible prototyping.
The extended set of materials for the J55 Prime include glass and rubber-like textures, as well as high-impact materials to create full-color, highly-functional and tactile 3D prototypes. Now, designers and engineers can go beyond their existing design possibilities and take their ideas from concept to reality quicker and in a more realistic style. New materials include:
- Elastico™ Clear and Elastico™ Black for flexible, soft-touch printing that accurately simulates the look, feel and function of rubber-like products.
- Digital ABS™ Ivory for high impact designs such as molds, jigs, fixtures and functional prototypes.
- Vero™ContactClear, a translucent material designed for prolonged skin or bodily contact such as medical devices, sport wear, or wearables.
- Ultra-opaque colors, enabled by the VeroUltra™ family of materials, introduces 2D level graphics and text, vibrant and accurate colors with better plastic simulation, raising the bar in 3D printed multi-material models.
“We have opened up an entire new set of product design prototype possibilities by giving our designers the ability to print whatever they can imagine. With the J55 Prime we can create prototypes, and various iterations of them, quickly and with realistic characteristics unlike ever before,” says Tony Guard for Kinetic Vision, a product design firm based in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. “We can provide our customers with a prototype that mimics the different colors, textures or elasticity of their product; they can see what the glass may look like, they can accurately see and choose colors. All in, customers are able to make more informed decisions about the design of their end product.”
With these new materials, in combination with those previously available on the J55 printer, users can print prototypes that realistically mimic the end-product visually, tactilely and functionally. To further increase the fidelity of their prototypes users can print in over 640,000 distinguishable color combinations and match more than 1,900 printable PANTONE® Colors, Solid Coated and SkinTones™ with Stratasys CMYK colors. And, with the small footprint, easy set-up and remote operation capabilities of the J55 Prime, this can all be accomplished in-house, quickly, and without the need for a shop operator or external service bureau.