How PolyJet 3D Printing Works
PolyJet 3D printing is similar to inkjet printing, but instead of jetting drops of ink onto paper, the PolyJet 3D Printers jet layers of curable liquid photopolymer onto a build tray. The process is simple:
- Pre-processing: Build-preparation software automatically calculates the placement of photopolymers and support material from a 3D CAD file.
- Production: The 3D printer jets and instantly UV-cures tiny droplets of liquid photopolymer. Fine layers accumulate on the build tray to create a precise 3D model or prototype. Where overhangs or complex shapes require support, the 3D printer jets a removable gel-like support material.
- Support removal: The user easily removes the support materials by hand or with water. Models are ready to handle and use right out of the 3D printer, with no post-curing needed.
PolyJet 3D Printing Benefits
PolyJet 3D Printing technology offers many rapid-prototyping advantages, including astonishingly fine detail, smooth surfaces, speed and precision.
- Create precise prototypes with exceptional final-product realism
- Produce complex shapes, intricate details and smooth surfaces.
- Incorporate color and diverse material properties into one model with the greatest material versatility available.
Color and Multi-Material 3D Printing
The most advanced PolyJet systems, Objet Connex 3D Printers, combine diverse 3D printing materials in one model by jetting multiple materials simultaneously. This means you can selectively position multiple materials in one printed prototype and even combine two or three materials to create composite digital materials with distinct, predictable properties. Combine rigid and rubberlike materials to simulate a range of Shore A values; mix cyan, magenta and yellow for a range of blended hues; even combine rubberlike materials with color to create vibrant, flexible prototypes that look and feel more like your future products.
With hundreds of digital material combinations and colors to choose from, PolyJet technology gives you better final-product realism than any other 3D printing method.
PolyJet 3D Printers and Materials
PolyJet 3D Printers work with a vast array of materials, including Rigid Opaque and Rubber-like materials in hundreds of vibrant colors, clear and tinted translucent shades, Simulated Polypropylene, and specialized photopolymers for 3D printing in the dental and medical industries. Hundreds of composite materials add to the possibilities.