Stratasys is presenting a new AM system at 3DEXPERIENCE World today, the J826 PolyJet 3D printer. The machine has multi-material and full-color 3D printing capabilities—including PANTONE-validated colors—and costs about half the price of the company’s existing J8-series PolyJet printers.
The cost and capability of the J826 3D printer makes full-color 3D printing more accessible, especially for the design field. As Stratasys says, its new system can enable designers to dramatically speed up design cycles by producing highly realistic prototypes on-demand. The J826 was built to fulfill mid-volume printing requirements and is ideal for the consumer goods, electronics and educational segments.
Despite its lower cost, the new 3D printer still offers the same high resolution as Stratasys’ other J8-series machines. Other specifications include a build volume of 255 x 252 x 200 mm, a seven-material capacity and print modes ranging from High Quality to High Speed.
“We believe that exceptional resolution, full color, multiple materials and high productivity should not be the province of the few,” said Shamir Shoham, Vice President of PolyJet Business Unit at Stratasys. “That’s why we extended the power of our world-class J8-series 3D printers to the new J826 – addressing the needs of mid-volume enterprise shops and educational institutions at a lower price.”
Stratasys revealed that UK-based BiologIC Technologies is already using the J826 3D printer to develop advanced medical devices and instrumentation. According to the life sciences company, Stratasys’ printer will be used to carry out 100% of its flagship product architecture.
“For us, the design freedoms delivered by full-color, multi-material 3D printing enables us to accelerate our design process with zero restrictions,” said Nick Rollings, Co-Founder of BiologIC Technologies. “This empowers us to create ultra-realistic parts for our prototype using materials that, thanks to their advanced properties, will enable us to fully 3D print our medical instrument and effectively personalize medicine once our product is finalized.
“On top of that, the fundamental cost and time savings achievable with the J826 make it possible to actually get our ideas off the ground and rapidly progress—there isn’t another technology available today that can tick all these boxes.”
While the full-color 3D printer is being showcased this week at 3DEXPERIENCE World in Nashville, customers will only be able to order the system as of May 2020.