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The Stratasys J750 takes 3D printing beyond the hobbyist “manufacturer” circles. By cutting several steps out of the prototyping workflow, it becomes a contender for commercial 3D printing that involves complexity and volume.

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Before there is a product, there’s a prototype, and prototypes are expensive. This is a problem 3D printing is intended to address. But in many cases, creating a prototype object means printing the various parts of a product of various colors or materials in separate steps, and and so assembling them by hand into the final form.
This is the challenge Stratasys is looking to address with its J750 3D printing device. The device can print any number of additional than 360,000 colors in six separate materials — all in a single print run, eliminating the require for the assembly step in assembling a prototype.
“Six-year-olds expect that you press a button and a thing comes out the other end. This is close to that,” said Stratasys chief business officer Josh Claman in a phone interview with InformationWeek. “With this machine, we’ve reduced the number of steps in the workflow of prototyping. There’s an economic advantage, and a compression of prototyping lifecycles.”

The Stratasys J750 can allow for multi-color, multi-material prototypes in a single printing run. (Image: Stratasys)

The Stratasys J750 can allow for multi-color, multi-material prototypes in a single printing run.
(Image: Stratasys)
The Stratasys J750 is slotted at the top of the company’s Objet Connex multi-color, multi-material series of 3D printing devices. That places it at the high end of a line of 3D printing devices that are far removed of the computer prototyping and consumer 3D printing devices that have garnered attention as part of the manufacturer movement.
According to Claman, beta customers for the J750 have included mobile device case developer Otterbox and Laika Studios, that has generated stop-motion animated films which include Coraline, Paranorman, and The Box Trolls.

The Stratasys J750. (Image: Stratasys)

The Stratasys J750.
(Image: Stratasys)
Claman said manufactures it to that manufacture the J750 possible center upon the printhead and supporting software. “The printhead is the heart and soul, but it couldn’t take place without the software,” he said. “Most of the color and materials mixing take places through the software.”
The PolyJet Studio software can extract color, texture, and material information directly of VRML tools, so speeding time of create to accomplished prototype.

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One of the significant issues in 3D printing on a commercial scale is the time required to move between various materials. “A big [customer] complaint is alterover,” Claman said. “Moving of loading the machine with one or two materials, and so having to alter it over for the upcoming material is a hassle and a waste, for the reason you have to purge the head.”

The J750 can digitally print of additional than 360,000 colors in six separate materials during a single print session. (Image: Stratasys)

The J750 can digitally print of additional than 360,000 colors in six separate materials during a single print session.
(Image: Stratasys)
The J750 “switches between materials during a print run,” Claman said. “You can have soft and complex materials, various colors, various finishes — all in a single run.”
More than any single material, yet, “the materials can be digitally mixed, too,” said Claman, resulting in accomplished prototypes at the end of a print run, pretty than a sequence of discrete parts requiring assembly.
The Stratasys J750 was on the market for order starting April 4, with delivery dates varying according to regions around the world. Pricing was not revealed.
Curtis Franklin Jr. is executive editor for technical content at InformationWeek. In this role he oversees product and innovation coverage for the publication. In addition he acts as executive producer for InformationWeek Radio and Interop Radio where he works with … View Full Bio

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