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Technology  24, Feb 2014

Connex3: Multi-colour, material 3D printer now available in Singapore

Printing a prototype with flexible materials and gradients for colours might have sounded like a feat in the past. Not anymore…

Stratasys AP, a subsidiary of Stratasys, unveiled its first and only 3D printer, the Objet500 Connex3 Colour Multi-material 3D Printer in Singapore last week at Stratasys Innovation Day. The product is now commercially available in the city-state.

According to an official statement, the printer features a triple-jetting technology that combines droplets of three base materials to produce parts with virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible and transparent colour materials. Not only does the act of prototyping save time and money, it also helps companies look out for possible iterations for products.

A Fortune 500 health care services company Cardinal Health also sent a representative to testify about how the printer has helped innovation in the firm, especially when it comes to internal prototyping processes. Kelvin Lie, Research and Development (R&D) Lead, Global R&D for the medical segment of Cardinal Health said, “We use it (the Connex3) to create value for our customers through innovation and accelerating product development that allows our customers to improve their cost effectiveness and ability to serve patients.”

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In addition, Stratasys partnered Japanese fashion designer Yuima Nakazato, who used the printer to come up with fashion accessories. The collection of accessories will be premiered in an Asia-Pacific tour, including Japan, South Korea, Singapore, China and Hong Kong throughout this month.

Elaine Huang

Elaine Huang

Elaine is a fervent believer that if there ever is a zombie apocalypse, we will all be snapping away at them with our phones and posting them onto Instagram. A Mass Communication graduate of Ngee Ann Polytechnic's School of Film and Media Studies, she enjoys writing about technology and entrepreneurs. When not hashtagging her way through all sorts of trouble, Elaine is probably contemplating how to write in the third person.

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