Stratasys has introduced 10 new palettes available for Connex3™ technology, expanding the Connex3 digital material offerings to over 1,000. The new offering includes four rigid and six flexible palettes.

Flexible palettes

The three clear color palettes offer 72 colors each and are built with TangoPlus™ and combinations of VeroCyan, VeroMagenta and VeroYellow. These palettes introduce a worldwide first: the capability to 3D print a range of vibrant and translucent colors in nine Shore A values (Shore A 27-95) including two new Shore A values: Shore A 30 and Shore A 35.

  • Cyan, magenta, TangoPlus (blue, warm blues, purples and magenta and a range of clear-tinted, rubber-like versions of those colors)
     
  • Magenta, yellow, TangoPlus (magenta, reds, oranges and yellows and a range of clear-tinted, rubber-like versions of those colors)
     
  • Yellow, cyan, TangoPlus (yellow, greens and cool blues and a range of clear-tinted, rubber-like versions of those colors)

The three black flexible color palettes offer 68 colors each and are built with TangoBlack™ Plus and combinations of the same Vero colors (VeroCyan, VeroMagenta and VeroYellow). These palettes offer multiple Shore A values and a range of colors, though the softer Shore A values produce dark colors. For the first time, with these palettes, customers can 3D print a wide range of vibrant colors and subtle dark shades in the same model with TangoBlack Plus in seven Shore A values.

  • 3D printed gear shifter in Stratasys new Connex3 color paletteCyan, magenta, TangoBlack Plus (blue, purples and magenta and a range of rigid shades of those colors, plus a range of Shore A values in dark shades)
     
  • Magenta, yellow, TangoBlack Plus (magenta, reds, oranges and yellows and a range of rigid shades of those colors, plus a range of Shore A values in dark shades)
     
  • Yellow, cyan, TangoBlack Plus (yellow, greens and cool blues and a range of rigid shades of those colors, plus a range of Shore A values in dark shades)

Rigid palettes

The four new rigid palette offerings include 45 colors each and combine VeroWhite and VeroBlack with color or clear.

  • Cyan, black, white (blue and bluish grays)
     
  • Magenta, black, white (magenta and pinkish grays)
     
  • Yellow, black, white (yellow and yellowish grays)
     
  • Black, white, clear (black, white and shades of gray, all in various tints to clear) – this palette includes a sleek, reflective luster – perfect for consumer electronics and automotive prototypes

When should the new Connex3 palettes be used?

Application best fits for the new Connex3 palettes include:

Consumer goods

  • Consumer Product 3D printed prototypes using new Stratasys Connex3 palettes Color overmolded prototypes, such as toothbrushes and sporting goods
  • Color flexible kitchen gadgets, such as ice cube molds and spatulas
     
  • Multi-material sporting goods in gray with another color
     
  • Sleek, reflective surfaces for electronics prototyping
     
  • Colorful soft-touch toys

Automotive

  • Tail light in new Stratasys Connex3 paletteSleek gray prototypes
     
  • Overmolded interior components

Entertainment

  • Flexible, vibrantly colored components
     
  • Many subtle grays and grayish tones

Medical devices and research

  • Clear components for liquid flow observation combined with popular gray housings
     
  • Increased options for flexible materials in new Shore A values, colors and tints

How do the new palette offerings compare with the original ten palettes?

The first thing you’ll likely notice about the new flexible palettes is their shape. Flexible Connex3 palettes are rectangular; rigid palettes are triangular.

The new palettes will be offered in addition to the original ten Connex3 palettes and provide expanded digital material options for unprecedented product realism for parts and prototypes.

  • • Vibrantly colored flexible materials create prototypes that look and feel like future products
     
  • More gray color options can now be combined with vibrant color components – great for medical, automotive and consumer product housings
     
  • Gray materials feature a reflective sheen for sleek consumer electronics prototypes

The wider selection of digital materials also improves workflow and efficiency due to fewer material changes, particularly with black flexible palettes – meaning improved speed and efficiency with less material waste.

Will the new Connex3 palettes replace the original palettes?

No, the new palettes will be available in addition to the original ten palettes, totaling 20 Connex3 palettes and over 1,000 digital materials.

Do the new palettes include new materials?

The new palette offerings include over 500 new digital materials, leveraging existing PolyJet base resins in newly engineered combinations to provide expanded color and material options.

What Shore A values are available with the new flexible palette offerings?

All three new clear flexible palettes offer nine Shore A values, ranging from Shore A 27 to Shore A 95, in an expansive array of vibrant colors and including two new Shore A offerings: Shore A 30 and Shore A 35.

There are seven Shore A values (Shore A 27 – Shore A 95) available in each of the three new black flexible palettes.

What 3D printers are the new material palettes available on?

Flexible and rigid Connex3 palettes are only available for the Objet500 Connex3 3D Printer.

Where can I get more information?

As with any material, there are specific properties and considerations to account for when deciding whether to implement a new material in your production environment. For tailored, expert advice about this or any Stratasys material, contact the 3D printing experts at GSC!