As competition in full-color 3D printing grows, the pioneer in multi-color material jetting (PolyJet) technology Stratasys has become the first 3D printer manufacturer to sign an agreement with Pantone, the global authority and provider of physical and digital color standards for full design-to-production workflow. Under terms of the agreement, Stratasys becomes the first 3D printing solutions provider with technology officially designated as PANTONE Validated – reflecting the qualification and approval to simulate Pantone Matching System (PMS) colors on printed objects.
Both Stratasys J750 and J735 PolyJet 3D Printers are thus now endorsed by Pantone as meeting the PANTONE Validated standards of color quality and realism. Backed by this substantiation, these PolyJet solutions are aligned to meet the stringent requirements of design studios as they synchronize the design-to-manufacturing process. The agreement allows for simple and accurate color communication between designers, modelers and manufacturers – with easy “choose-and-print” color-matching to Pantone identities.
Pantone becomes physical
The idea that Pantone colors are now available for physical 3D representations is truly disruptive for a number of industries relying on fast prototyping. This new validation enables Stratasys to offer thousands of printable and globally-recognized Pantone Colors, ensuring all contributors to the design process are speaking the same language, potentially reducing iterations, shrinking design cost, and speeding time-to-revenue.
“Designers work hard to build realistic prototypes in ways that speed design, build and development cycles. Unfortunately, typical approaches of manually painting each and every model is time-consuming,” said Hadas Schragenheim, Rapid Prototyping Manager, Stratasys. “Our agreement with Pantone sets the stage for a revolution in design and prototype processes. As the industry’s first 3D printers officially ‘PANTONE Validated,’ we’re allowing designers to build realistic prototypes faster than ever before – shrinking design-to-prototype and accelerating product time-to-market.”
Direct from GrabCAD
It’s anticipated that Stratasys customers can access Pantone functionality directly within the GrabCAD Print environment by July 2019 – assigning and applying colors to 3D printed models by browsing the relevant Pantone book.
“Pantone maintains a relentless focus on providing physical and digital design solutions that are aligned with the way modern designers work. Given the innovative applications of 3D printing in design, prototyping and production workflows, Stratasys is a natural partner-of-choice,” said Iain Pike, Director of Partner Business Development for Pantone. “Together, we’re ensuring designers and manufacturers can leverage advanced 3D Printing technologies to create the most vibrant and color-correct 3D printed prototypes the market has ever seen – and with confidence that simulated Pantone colors reflect the design intent.”
In industries ranging from consumer packaged goods to home products, Stratasys customers can now tackle design challenges with the expertise of Pantone. Eliminating wasted time and money associated with manual painting and other traditional design approaches, the combination of Stratasys and Pantone drives the highest levels of professional design for better products and greater innovation in the shortest amount of time.