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PolyJet 3D Printing Service

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What is PolyJet 3D Printing? 

PolyJet is a 3D printing technology invented by Stratasys that jets thousands of material droplets layer by layer to create a solid 3D mode with over 500,000 unique colors, realistic texture simulation, and flexible and transparent materials. PolyJet is the fastest technology and smoothest surface in the Stratasys Direct arsenal. 

Realistic Finishes with PolyJet

PolyJet is the perfect solution for designers who want realistic models but have had to contend with inconsistent color results and rough finishes. PolyJet is capable of producing models indistinguishable from the real thing, allowing designers to incorporate texture, color, text, and fine features.

Multi-Material Build with PolyJet

3D printing with PolyJet allows you to incorporate multiple materials into a single print resulting in quicker production of realistic parts and design iterations early in the product development life cycle. 

wood grain textured 3d printed PolyJet pebbles

How does PolyJet work?

Think of PolyJet (Monikers: Material jetting, photocuring, inkjet printing) like your home 2-D paper printer. Your 2-D color printer lays out minuscule droplets of color onto your paper, forming words and images.

In a similar fashion, PolyJet uses fine print head nozzles to deposit droplets of photocurable material in layers as fine as 16 microns (0.0006" inches) to form detailed 3-D parts.

Our engineering team uses Stratasys PolyJet software to load the file(s), at which time they will define the materials and colors used. Once the build file has the settings defined (type of machine used, materials, colors, other), then the file is sent to scheduling to get the order ready to build.  

Each pass of the material jetting deposits one or more different materials including the support structure at the same time, cured as it is deposited via UV light. When one layer is cured, the build table lowers by a small increment (Z axis), then the next layer of material is deposited on top of the last layer. The process is repeated possibly thousands of times until a fully formed 3D model is manufactured. 

The built parts are removed from the machine and are sent to the final step which is for support removal. The support removal is quite simple as it uses pressured water inside of a hood, where a technician sprays water across the part, with the support material dissolving into fine particles that are captured in a basket. What is left is a finely detailed part ready for your application.

PolyJet Concept Modeling

What PolyJet Applications Can I Make?

With a range of photopolymers to address functionality and cosmetic needs, PolyJet 3D printing offers a cost-effective and efficient solution for prototyping or modeling. Using our wide variety of PolyJet materials, you can combine several different materials into a single model from flexible to rigid, transparent to opaque.

Ideal PolyJet applications include: 

  • Master patterns for cold or low-temperature molds
  • Over-molded parts without the need for tooling
  • Flexible and multi-colored parts
  • Living hinges
  • Extremely thin geometry encapsulated in our clear material to showcase detail
  • Show models
  • Detailed prototypes, and form, fit, and feel models.

Materials for 3D Printing Parts with PolyJet

SDM Material

Vero (Rigid)

Vero is a rigid and durable photopolymer resin ideal for producing beautiful, realistic, dimensionally accurate concept models where feature definition and a smooth surface finish are required.

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SDM Material

Agilus 30A - 95A (Flexible)

Agilus is a PolyJet Photopolymer with superior tear-resistance, capable of withstanding repeated flexing and bending. The ideal material for rapid prototyping and design validation, this rubber-like material simulates the look, feel and function of rubber-like products.

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SDM Material

Agilus over Vero (Overmold)

Overmolding is the process of manufacturing a component with flexible and rigid elements in a single build process. In the PolyJet Overmold process, the technology combines the rubber-like Agilus material (the overmold) with the VeroWhite material (the substrate) according to the design specifications.

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SDM Material

Digital ABS Plus

Digital ABS Plus™ is designed to simulate standard ABS plastics by combining high-temperature resistance with toughness.

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PolyJet Applications

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Rapid Prototyping

Evaluate design iterations and bring ideas to life fast with PolyJet.

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PolyJet Concept Modeling

Concept Modeling

Take advantage of PolyJet’s multi-color and multi-material print options for true-to-product aesthetics.

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PolyJet Anatomical Models

Anatomical Models

Order true to life anatomical models for realistic treatment simulations.

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3d printed polyjet color shoe

PolyJet Parts from 3D Printing Pioneers

Stratasys Direct, the 3D printing arm of Stratasys means you get parts manufactured by the experts who invented PolyJet.  Our PolyJet 3D printing services are backed by more than just the Stratasys industry leadership but also the latest hardware, material, and software to ensure you get the highest quality prints every single time.

The use of PolyJet in a range of industries has led us to develop unique solutions in post-processing and material development in order to serve customers with versatile needs.

Our PolyJet Quality Controls

With quality certifications ISO 9001 and AS9100 certifications and ITAR registration, our engineers won’t rest until your requirements are met for precise parts.

General questions? Engineering questions? Need help with your design?

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3d printed polyjet color sample

Frequently Asked Questions About PolyJet

How fast is PolyJet compared to other 3D printing technologies?

PolyJet is extremely fast – the fastest of all our technologies.

The actual turnaround time depends on the size of the component and desired resolution. We have shipped the next day but we ship most parts within 2 or 3 days of receiving the order.

 

What level of detail can be obtained with PolyJet?

PolyJet is excellent at producing fine feature detail. At its highest resolution, PolyJet can build in layers as thin as 0.00063” inches (0.016mm). The recommended minimum wall thickness is 0.040" inches (1.01mm)

 

Can components built with PolyJet function as production parts?

Yes, they can be used in some production and end-use applications. At Stratasys Direct, we have internal production uses of PolyJet.

However, PolyJet materials are photocured resin which means mechanical properties deteriorate with extended exposure to UV light. As a note, many of our PolyJet models that we have around our shop have been around for over a decade. 

Some high-requirement production applications are better suited to technologies that utilize thermoplastics like FDM, SAF, or SLS technologies.

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