Stratasys Unveils New 3D Printer

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The Stratasys J55 features a patented rotating build platform with a fixed printhead. This is designed to maximise reliability and simplify maintenance. The technology also means greater output from a small footprint. Combined with ProAero filtration technology for odour-free operation, the J55 is ideal for placing anywhere.

The J55 combines realism and productivity, including high fidelity and five simultaneously printed materials that enable nearly 500,000 colours, PANTONE Validation, realistic textures and transparency in one printed part. Set-up is easy, and remote monitoring means print jobs can be managed from home.

‘We developed this innovative new 3D printer to truly transform the product development process for product designers and engineers everywhere,’ said Omer Krieger, Executive Vice President of Products at Stratasys. ‘Not only does the J55 fit the budget of virtually any product design team, but the quality of the parts you can 3D print are best in class. It’s so simple that anyone can set it up and use it, and it’s so quiet you’ll forget it’s running.’

Helping make the J55 easy for designers, Stratasys is also prioritising simplifying workflow. Fully supported by GrabCAD Print software, the J55 enables a smooth import of common CAD files (e.g. SOLIDWORKS, CATIA, PTC Creo, Siemens NX, Inventor) and the latest 3MF file format, a significant improvement over traditional STL, OBJ, and VRML files. And for the first time, Stratasys is also adding support for 3MF colour workflow with KeyShot 3D rendering software from Luxion Inc., a capability now in beta and planned for late 2020.

Tim Greene, a research director for 3D printing at global research firm IDC, said it’s clear that the product design process needs to change for today’s world, where disruption is always around the corner. ‘We know that the risk and time involved with traditional prototyping simply doesn’t work anymore, yet there’s no room for compromise on design,’ he said. ‘Designers can and should do a lot more prototyping in-house, from initial concept modelling to highly realistic final prototypes. It’s just been a matter of bringing enterprise quality to a design shop’s price point and workspace. And now we’re there.’

Built as a smaller but equally capable complement to the Stratasys J8 series for enterprise shops, the J55 supports the full design process with same day send-to-print and minimal post-processing. It provides the same exceptional resolution and detail as J8-series 3D printers, with models matching the shape, material, colour and finish of final products.

The J55 3D printer gives designers full CMF (colour, material, finish) capabilities. It leverages high-performance PolyJet materials, including a full range of textures, transparency with VeroClear (VeroUltraClear availability later in 2020), X-Rite-based colour profiles and PANTONE Validated colour – offering a universal language of colour that ensures reliable, realistic decision-making across every stage of the design process.

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