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Precision 3D printing in a wide range of materials
PolyJet technology is a powerful additive manufacturing method that produces smooth, accurate prototypes, parts and tooling. With 16-micron layer resolution and accuracy as high as 0.1 mm, it can produce thin walls and complex geometries using the widest range of materials.
You can even combine multiple colors and materials in one print to create over-molded parts and models with multiple durometers. The PolyJet rapid prototyping process uses high-resolution ink-jet technology to produce parts quickly and economically – making it an excellent option for presentation models, detailed prototypes, and master patterns.
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 part. 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 and parts 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 advantages for rapid tooling and prototyping, and even production parts including astonishingly fine detail, smooth surfaces, speed and precision.
- Create smooth, detailed prototypes that convey final-product aesthetics.
- Produce short-run manufacturing tools, jigs and assembly fixtures.
- Produce complex shapes, intricate details and smooth surfaces.
- Incorporate color and diverse material properties into one model with the greatest material versatility available.
PolyJet is best suited for applications where accuracy, detail and surface finish are important. Other Rapid Prototype technologies may be more cost-effective for larger parts.
PolyJet has also been used for tooling in low-temperature applications. It makes an excellent mold with releasable surfaces without requiring a secondary process for non-cosmetic applications.
Common applications include:
1) Presentation Models
2) Form & Fit Models
3) Realistic Anatomical Models
4) Master Patterns
5) Flexible, Rubber Like Models
6) Prototypes for Fitting Valves & Parts with Complex Interior Features