Connex3 3D print. Source WhiteClouds
Connex3 3D print. Source WhiteClouds

The WhiteClouds lab is now home to the new Objet500 Connex3 by Stratasys. The printer was installed earlier in the week and during the last few days, we’ve printed our first test prints. So far, we’re very happy with the results and eager to explore the possibilities available with the Connex3.

For our test prints, we decided to print three multi-colored gear cubes and a model of a pirate that we had already designed. We printed the model in four different sizes to show the details in the builds. Kelly, a designer here at WhiteClouds, had to modify the model of the pirate slightly so that the colors would print correctly. The material we used are the VeroYellow, VeroCyan, and VeroMagenta. The support material used is the standard Connex support material, which took on a slightly yellow hue due to the added colors.   

The Objet500 Connex3 prints in multi-color. Not quite full-color, it has a large variety of color palettes, depending on the material installed in the machine. For example, we couldn’t have printed in white on the pirate figure. There is only room for three material cartridges, so we would need to replace one of the material cartridges with white and by doing so, would have lost one of the other colors.

The Connex3 prints in 180 different composite materials including opaque, rubber-like in a variety of shore A values, medical-grade, high-temperature, digital ABS, transparent, and polypropylene-like. The 3D printer will print in 46 different materials on a single print including colors.

The Connex3 will produce prototypes and end-use parts. The 3D printer is particularly useful when color is an important factor or multiple materials are needed in the part.

See the images and video below of our first test prints with the Object500 Connex3.  

Connex3 Specs:

  • Tray size: 19.7 x 15.7 x 9.9 inches
  • Layer thickness: 16 microns (0.0006 in.)
  • Accuracy: 20-85 micron depending on model size, geometry, build parameters and model orientation.
  • Weight: 948 pounds
  • Print Heads: 8 units