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Tuesday, 27 November 2012 09:24

Objet Launches Objet1000 at Euromold

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Objet Ltd launched today at Euromold the Objet1000, the company’s largest 3D printer to date. Featuring a 1000 x 800 x 500 mm (39 x 31 x 20 inch) wide-format build envelope, the Objet1000 is ideal for automotive, defense and aerospace, industrial machinery, consumer goods and household appliance sectors as well as high-end service bureaus that need to create industrial size, 1:1 scale prototypes.

Ideal for all-round fit, form and functional prototyping, the Objet1000 combines a large and extremely convenient build platform with the advanced precision of inkjet 3D printing and Objet’s renowned Connex multi-material capability – all in a single machine.

According to Objet CEO David Reis, “As our largest ever 3D printing system, the Objet1000 takes advanced inkjet 3D printing technology to the next scale. The system enables our customers in a range of industries to now quickly and effectively prototype anything at full size, 1:1 scale, from whole airplane and automobile assemblies to complete household appliances. The Objet1000 is the next step in the 3D printing revolution”.

"The Objet1000 saves manufacturers and designers from having to assemble prototypes from smaller-sized jigsaw pieces or from having to use various less effective or efficient solutions,” said Igal Zeitun, VP for Product Marketing and Consumables at Objet.

“Unlike comparable 3D printing systems, the Objet100 is just as good at printing 1:1 scale casings that can be drilled, assembled, and screwed together as it is at reproducing the precise look and feel of small, complexly assembled consumer products. The system is easy to use, can work for prolonged unattended periods, and requires only the minimal manpower to operate,” added Zeitun.

The Objet1000 system offers an unrivaled choice of over 100 materials, enabling designers and engineers to simulate both standard and ABS-grade plastics. As with all Objet Connex 3D printers, the Objet1000 is also able to print up to 14 different material properties within a single model.

The Objet1000 also will be introduced at Autodesk University 2012 in Las Vegas. Bruce Bradshaw, Marketing Director for North America, will be presenting “Additive Manufacturing: Affordable? Accessible? Adoptable?” on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 8 a.m. (PST) at Mandalay Bay (Breakers H, Level 2), and media are welcome to visit Objet’s booth, #1101, throughout Autodesk University.

First shipments of the Objet1000 will be to select customers starting from Q2/2013. Wider availability is expected during H2/2013.

Objet1000 Summary of Benefits:

  • Precise 3D printing of very large and very small, finely detailed 3D models
  • Extremely large build envelope – 1000 x 800 x 500 mm (39 x 31 x 20 inch)
  • Objet Connex multi-material 3D printing technology
  • Wide range of usages and applications to meet Form, Fit & Functional verification needs
  • Simulates standard & ABS-grade engineering plastics
  • Exceptionally reliable with large resin cartridges
  • Requires only small operating teams & unattended jobs
  • Efficient cost of operation & fast ROI
  • Ideal for automotive, aerospace & defense, consumer goods, household appliances, industrial machinery and specialist service bureaus

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/3d-printers/connex/objet1000





Wednesday, 21 November 2012 10:10

Objet Adds New Improved Rigid Black Material

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Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, today announced the release of a new and improved Objet Rigid Black Material. The new material provides enhanced dimensional stability and surface smoothness making it ideal for fine detail, all-purpose rapid prototyping.

Based on the new and improved Rigid Black Material, Objet also introduces 16 new Rigid Black and Rubber-like Digital Materials (composite materials made by combining Objet Rigid Black and Objet Rubber-like Material).

For Objet Connex systems exclusively, these 16 new Objet Digital Materials enable the simulation of a variety of rigid/rubber-like properties including:

  • A higher toughness material, simulating polypropylene.
  • A range of flexible materials with different Shore A values from 27 to 95.

The new material combinations enable the easy and accurate prototyping of seals and packaging for consumer goods, consumer electronics and automotive parts. Such models require the combination of rigid and flexible properties within a single prototype of consistent black coloring (see headphones example in image).

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/3d-printing-materials/overview

Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, today announced the release of an accessible, attractively-priced and all-inclusive 3D printing package for schools, colleges, universities and institutes of higher education.

“The Objet30 Scholar Package was developed to make Objet’s 3D printing systems and solutions even more accessible to the strategically important education market,” says Gilad Gans, Executive Vice President for Objet. “It provides students and faculties across multiple disciplines – particularly STEM curriculum studies – with increased opportunities to create and prototype advanced design ideas.”

Tailor-made 3D printing solutions for the education market are a strategic objective of Objet. The company’s 3D Printers have been adopted by many of the world’s leading universities and research departments, including Virginia Tech, University of New Orleans, Art Center College of Design, Purdue University, and The Technion.

The package was designed with educators in mind allowing academic institutions to focus on creativity. It includes the Objet30 Scholar professional desktop 3D Printer; two or three year supply of rigid opaque 3D printing materials (Objet RGD240 rigid blue and support material) which Objet will store and deliver on-demand; a desktop Water-Jet system to remove the support material; training for users; maintenance of the 3D Printer; and technical support. Objet30 Scholar customers are also entitled to further discounted 3D printing material re-fill packages.

The Objet30 Scholar provides 28 micron layer accuracy and the material features high-detail visualization for simulating the precise look of standard plastic products. As well as giving students the ability to develop a 3D printing project portfolio, the Objet30 Scholar package provides graduates and post-graduates with valuable knowledge and experience that can help support future design and manufacturing careers in Fortune 500 companies that operate similar professional 3D printing systems.

About the Objet30 Scholar Package

  • Ultra-high resolution accuracy, typically 0.1 mm (0.0039 inch)
  • Produces models with smooth surfaces, fine details & moving parts
  • Suitable for small spaces, offices and desktop operation
  • Can be used with all types of 3D CAD software
  • Tray Size (X×Y×Z) 300x200x150mm (11.81x7.87x5.9 inches)

Package Benefits

  • A one-time package for 2 or 3 years
  • No material storage headaches
  • On-demand materials, delivered when needed
  • High resolution 3D printing for simulating the precise look of students’ intended end product

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/industries/education/objet30-scholar

Award-winning water pump and heating system manufacturer, Whale, today announced an increase in new business following the purchase of an Objet Connex multi-material 3D Printer for its headquarters in Bangor, Northern Ireland. The introduction of Objet Connex multi-material technology means the company can now prototype design concepts with supreme accuracy and undertake robust testing using watertight digital materials - helping the company to bring its products to market quicker than ever before.

"We saw Objet Connex multi-material technology as a means to provide a broad capability," comments Richard Bovill, Whale Design Engineering Manager. "The range of materials from rigid to rubber gives us a great advantage when recreating production parts, especially the water tight material, as it allows us to carry out robust tests that can reduce the product development process by weeks or even months."

Over the past three years Whale has issued 15 worldwide design patents, driven by its culture of innovation throughout the business, supplying first class products to the marine, caravan and motorhome, shower drainage and industrial markets. To maintain its leadership in these markets, Whale added an Objet Connex 3D Printer to its portfolio of rapid prototyping solutions to expand its capabilities when designing new products and making improvements to current solutions.

"Using Objet Connex multi-material technology we can now produce rubber, over-molded, transparent and waterproof models, allowing us to recreate design faults and identify ways we can improve our products in a much more cost effective and timely manner," says Managing Director Patrick Hurst. "This has enabled us to increase our existing business and create new business opportunities, whilst maintaining the level of innovation our customers are accustomed to."

With the Objet Connex multi-material 3D Printer currently in operation 24 hours a day, Whale are using a large variety of materials to deal with the demand and diversity of its customer's design projects.

"Having such a wide range of shore hardness and the ability to print rubber parts, means that it is like having three machines in one. We can now deliver our customers a finished high quality model in as little as 24 hours," concludes Hurst.

Whale purchased the Objet Connex 3D Printer through Objet UK distributor HK Rapidprototyping. Nigel Bunt, Sales Director at HK Rapidprototyping, adds: "The Objet Connex provided Whale the ideal solution for their product design projects. Whale has now become more flexible and thus increased its workflow capacity."

For more information, visit: www.whalepumps.com/technical-services/home.aspx

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 10:30

3D Digital Dental Acquires Objet Eden260V

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Objet Ltd., announced today that the Objet Eden260V is the printer of choice for a new South African company 3D Digital Dental. Objet’s 3D printing systems can provide the dental profession and their patient’s access to cutting edge technology for rapidly manufacturing dental requirements, such as stone models and surgical guides 3D printed in bio-compatible material. The Objet Eden260V was named Dental Lab Products Magazine’s “Best of the Best Products” list for 2011.

Avi Cohen, Head of Medical Solutions at Objet, explains: “3D Digital Dental will provide a 3D print bureau service for dentists needing to print models for customers. Dental labs who are digital with CAD/CAM but require models for end process and final checking prior to shipping to their dentists will also derive benefit from this bureau.”

3D Digital Dental, based in Rosebank, Johannesburg, is the brainchild of Dr. Dharmesh Mistry, a practicing orthodontist. The company will provide a model printing service to dental technicians and dentists who need models for crowns and bridges. In addition, the Objet 3D Printer will be used to create orthodontic appliances, retainers and removal appliances.

“By having the Objet 3D Printer in-house, we will not only reduce time by eliminating the need to create plaster models, but will free up time to focus on more important tasks involving treatment planning,” says Dr. Mistry. “In addition to traditional uses, we will also be able to fabricate surgical stents and models in bio compatible material, which can be used for training purposes in implant courses, amongst others. We are very excited about this purchase and look forward to reaping the rewards in a very short space of time – not only from a financial perspective but also from time saved, which increases productivity and profitability.”

3D Digital Dental customers are not limited to dentists and orthodontists already practicing: "Dental and Medical schools will also benefit as they can now create cost effective models for their educational courses," Objet's Head of Medical Solutions, Avi Cohen, says, "not to mention the field of Craniofacial Surgery, which will benefit from being able to create models in order to treatment plan, teach and train students how to perform procedures or generate models from CT scans for surgical planning."

“With this purchase of our first 3D Printer we aim to be a partner for the dental and medical industries,” Dr. Mistry adds. “In addition we are well positioned to service requirements into sub Saharan Africa as well. Our ultimate goal is to expand in the future and purchase more machines to best serve the industry’s burgeoning requirements.”

For more information, visit: www.objetdental.com

Objet Ltd., will be showcasing its advanced 3D printing solutions by highlighting the impact on Hollywood films at SIGGRAPH 2012 from Aug. 7-9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Jason Lopes, Lead Systems Engineer at Legacy Effects, will discuss the intersection of 3D printing and Hollywood on Aug. 8 at 10 a.m., in Room 301B. He will demonstrate how 3D technology is used in the design and prototyping of characters for Hollywood films. Some of the 3D-printed models of Legacy characters on display during the presentation, as well as in Objet's Booth (#235) throughout SIGGRAPH, include the Hulk from "Marvel: The Avengers" and Wahoon and John Carter from "John Carter."

The models demonstrate the breadth and versatility of Objet's industry-leading 107 digital materials, which are capable of simulating properties ranging from varying grades of rubber to ABS-grade engineering plastics, as well as simulating clear transparency. In Booth #235, Objet will be showcasing these materials on three of its printers: the Objet24 desktop, the Objet Eden260V professional and the Objet Connex350 multi-material 3D Printers.

"Objet's technology has allowed us to bring creativity and imagination to life in ways we never thought possible," Lopes said. "Anything we can think up, Objet 3D printers can prototype in a matter of hours."
    
WHO:
Bruce Bradshaw, Objet
Jason Lopes, Legacy Effects
   
WHAT:
3D Printing's Impact on Hollywood Blockbusters
   
WHERE:
SIGGRAPH 2012
Los Angeles Convention Center
   
WHEN:
Jason Lopes presentation - Aug. 8, 10-11 a.m. in Room 301B
Hollywood Models on display - Aug. 7-9 in Objet Booth #235

For more information, visit: s2012.siggraph.org

Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing will showcase the company’s recently expanded range of over 100 3D printing materials at this year’s TCT exhibition. Also in the spotlight is the Objet30 Pro Desktop 3D Printer, recently launched to the market with a range of seven 3D printing materials including High Temperature and Clear Transparent materials.

“Once again Objet will have new materials and technologies for visitors to explore at TCT,” comments Eric Bredin, Objet European Marketing Director. “Objet delivers the most valuable advancements for our customers in order for them to further develop the variety of 3D printing applications for rapid prototyping in fit, form and function testing. The recent addition of 39 new Digital Materials brought the Objet range of 3D printing materials to a record-breaking 107; and they can all be seen at TCT, from rigid to rubber-like, standard to ABS-like and from transparent to opaque.”

TCT visitors will also be able to see the latest addition to the Objet portfolio of 3D Printers, including the latest Objet30 Pro desktop 3D Printer, running live on the stand. Collcap Packaging Ltd., an Objet customer creating innovative cosmetic, perfumery and personal care packaging, trialled the Objet30 Pro Desktop 3D Printer before its launch. Technical Manager Adam Smith experienced the benefits of the versatile 3D printer first-hand: “We knew a desktop machine would meet our capacity requirements quite happily, but for the packaging work we do, we really wanted the range of materials that has previously only been available with bigger machines. The clear transparent material for instance is ideal for prototyping our bespoke fragrance bottles and other glass or clear plastic products, whilst the range of coloured rigid materials work perfectly for simulating plastic bottles, caps and fittings. The excellent surface finish and detail provided by the Objet30 Pro are also crucial so that our eye-catching designs look and feel as they’re supposed to when we present them to our customers for approval.”

Objet will highlight the versatility of its 3D printing technology, machines and materials with some exceptionally realistic 3D models on stand P18 at TCT, Birmingham NEC from 25-26th September.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/3D-Printing-Materials or www.tctshow.com



Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing has announced 39 new 'Digital Materials' available with its Objet Connex range of multi-material 3D printing systems. This development places Objet customers at the forefront of additive manufacturing in terms of range of possible printing materials to choose from. Customers can now select from 107 materials ranging from rigid to rubber-like substances in terms of texture, standard to ABS-grade engineering plastic in terms of toughness, as well as from transparent to opaque, in terms of clarity and shades.

90 of the 107 materials made available by Objet are 'Digital Materials', derived by the composite mixing of primary Objet materials. This enables designers, engineers and manufacturers to simulate very precise material properties to closely resemble their intended end-product with the greatest level of realism. The use of the Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer allows users to also combine up to 14 of these materials; such as rigid and flexible, or opaque and transparent materials, at the same time in a single consistent model.

According to David Reis, CEO for Objet, "With 39 new Digital Materials, Objet have become the first 3D printing company to break the 100 materials barrier. Considering that we had half this number just a few short years ago, this growth in material choice confirms our commitment to consistently deliver new and enhanced material properties to our customers," explains Reis. These new materials will be used by design and manufacturing companies in virtually every industry segment and in every stage of their product prototyping process from form modeling to fit testing and functional verification.

The company has also today launched two new material enhancements. It now offers a new and improved Objet Rigid Black material (Objet VeroBlackPlus) providing increased dimensional stability and surface smoothness for all-purpose rapid prototyping applications.* Objet's 2011-released High Temperature material, offering the high thermal functionality of engineering plastics will be available on all Objet Connex and Objet EdenV 3D Printers and the new Objet30 Pro Desktop 3D Printer.

Objet's Digital Materials™ are multi-phase composite materials fabricated by the Objet Connex 3D printing system. The main purpose of Digital Materials is to combine different materials to produce a new material with new attributes that are not available in the separate individual constituents.

Objet's Digital Materials are generated on-the-fly based on the two distinct cartridge-based materials that are installed in the system.

The Objet Connex family of 3D printers is able to simultaneously print two resin materials to create nearly 90 different types of Digital Materials. Together with an initial choice of 17 cartridge-ready materials, this gives users an overall choice of 107 different materials and composite material combinations.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/3D-Printing-Materials/Overview/Digital_Materials

Objet Ltd , announced the launch of the new Objet30 Pro – the most versatile professional in-house desktop 3D printer available on the market – in Japan. The new desktop 3D printer offers 7 different materials, including, for the first time on a desktop system, clear transparent material and high temperature resistant material. Objet30 Pro is positioned as the ultimate rapid prototyping solution for designers and engineers, ranging from industries including consumer goods and consumer electronics to medical devices and design consultancies. Objet30 Pro will be showcased at DMS from Jun 20 – 22, 2012 at Tokyo Big Sight.

Objet30 Pro is the top-of-the-line addition to Objet’s existing desktop 3D printer line which starts at JPY1,980,000*, offering professional 28 micron print quality and wide ranging material versatility, opening the doors to limitless possibilities.

Mr. Eric Goguy, President & CEO of Objet Japan Co. Ltd commented, “Demand for 3D printers has been growing steadily over the years on a global level. At the same time, 3D printing applications are becoming more diverse due to the increasingly complex requirements as a result of the ever-changing market conditions. The need to shorten time-to-market has become a critical competitive advantage; thus rapid prototyping is indeed a cost-effective solution for many manufacturers. We believe that such trend will in turn heighten the demand for 3D printers such as the Objet30 Pro, one that is versatile, compact and most importantly, without compromising quality.”

Objet30 Pro, together with Objet’s full range of 3D printing systems, will be showcased at the Design Engineering & Manufacturing Solutions Expo (DMS) from Jun 20 -22, 2012 at Tokyo Big Sight, Japan (Booth No. 24-34 and 21-42 (Altech Co., Ltd., Objet’s distributor in Japan). DMS is Japan’s largest exhibition gathering various kinds of IT solutions such as CAD, CAE, ERP, production systems, attracting a significant number of professionals from design development, production engineering, and information systems departments.

For more information, visit: www.dms-tokyo.jp/en or www.objet.com/3D-Printer/Objet_Desktop_Family/#objet30

ClearCorrect LLC, a leading manufacturer of clear aligners, today announced collaboration with Objet Ltd., the innovative leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing. ClearCorrect is making Objet's high resolution, 3D printing systems an integral part of its mass-scale manufacturing of custom-made orthodontic aligners. Together, ClearCorrect and Objet are bringing the advantages of digital 3D printing technology to orthodontics.

The ClearCorrect manufacturing center, located in Houston, Texas, is one of the most advanced digital production centers in the USA. Essential to its operation are a number of recently installed Objet 3D printing systems, making ClearCorrect a major user of the technology in the dental industry. "With the recent implementation of these Objet 3D printing systems, we now have the means to scale rapidly and efficiently in the global market while maintaining the highest quality," commented ClearCorrect CEO, Jarrett Pumphrey.

The Objet 3D printing systems are a key component of the ClearCorrect process in that they produce the plastic models of each step of the patient's treatment. ClearCorrect then thermoforms the models to create the clear aligners. Instead of just sending the doctors the clear aligners for the patient, ClearCorrect includes the plastic models along with the clear aligners so that the doctors can use them as needed to fabricate replacement aligners should a patient lose or break an aligner. This way, both the doctor and the patient benefit in costs and saving time as usually a patient would have to wait a couple weeks to receive the replacement aligner.

"Objet and ClearCorrect have worked together to implement Objet's ultra-thin layer, high-resolution 3D printing solutions in the ClearCorrect production process," said Avi Cohen, Head of Medical Solutions at Objet. "We expect this cooperation will increase overall manufacturing productivity and by bringing together the ClearCorrect system and technology with Objet's 3D printing systems, we shall achieve top results for the benefit of users worldwide".

ClearCorrect works with more than 11,000 doctors making it a leading manufacturer of clear aligners. The company offers a more affordable and doctor-friendly approach, including a phase-based delivery system to enhance flexibility and control for doctors.

For more information, visit: www.objetdental.com or www.clearcorrect.com

Objet AP Ltd., has announced the launch of the new Objet30 Pro – at Die & Mould China (Booth No. A290), to be held at Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai, China on May 31 – Jun 3 2012. The new desktop 3D printer offers 7 different materials, including, for the first time on a desktop system, clear transparent material and high temperature resistant material.

The Objet30 Pro is positioned as the ultimate rapid prototyping solution for designers and engineers, ranging from industries such as consumer goods and consumer electronics to medical devices and design consultancies.

The Objet30 Pro takes its place as the new top-of-the-line addition to Objet's existing desktop 3D printer line. With a small footprint, professional 28 micron print quality and wide ranging material versatility, the Objet30 Pro produces high quality prototypes with a choice of 7 different materials and functional properties, offering designers and engineers a world of possibilities:

  • Objet clear transparent material (Objet VeroClear) for simulating PMMA/glass;
  • Objet High temperature material for heat-resistant static functional testing;
  • Objet polypropylene-like material (Objet DurusWhite) for simulating snap-fit parts; and
  • Four rigid, opaque materials for standard plastic simulation (Objet Vero Family in black, white, gray, and blue).


Objet30 Pro Desktop 3D Printer

  • The ultimate prototyping solution for designers and engineers
  • Ideal for consumer goods, consumer electronics, medical devices and design consultancies
  • Combines the accuracy and versatility of a high-end Rapid Prototyping machine with a small footprint
  • 7 different materials; the world’s only desktop 3D printer with clear transparent, high temperature, four rigid opaque and polypropylene-like materials.
  • Reliable, robust and easy to use
  • Based on Objet's advanced inkjet 3D printing technology, the Objet30 Pro Desktop 3D Printer offers an office-friendly design, with quiet operation and REACH-compliant material cartridges for convenient replacement.
  • The Objet30 Pro desktop system features a spacious build tray size of 300 x 200 x 150mm - suitable for printing various-sized and shaped models or multiple models on the same build tray at the same time.
  • The expanded material capabilities of the Objet30 Pro are available as an upgrade for existing Objet30 or Objet Alaris30 desktop 3D printer customers.

Die & Mould China 2012 is the largest annual manufacturing exhibition in China that aims to strengthen manufacturing through technology, innovation and education, showcasing the latest products and constantly evolving technologies in the expanding die and mould industry.

Die & Mould China 2012
May 31 – Jun 3 2012 (Thu - Sun)
Hall E1 – E6, Shanghai New International Expo Centre

For more information, visit: www.diemouldchina.com or www.objet.com

Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, today announced it is cooperating with world-leading consumer products company Keter Plastic Ltd to create an exhibit of 3D-printed art pieces as part of an innovative project to highlight young designers' talents and support at-risk youth.

For the project, 70 art pieces were designed by d-Vision, the design internship program by Keter Plastic and then 3D printed by Objet. The art pieces will be exhibited at the Holon Design Museum, one of the leading museums for design and contemporary culture, on May 30th. The art pieces will be auctioned at a special gala event to benefit ELEM and 'Mifalot Chinuch Chevra', both non-profit organizations that seek to help at-risk youth.

The designers at d-Vision developed their concepts in 3D CAD software and then 3D printed them on Objet's 3D printers. Created in rigid opaque materials, Objet's high resolution 3D printers were able to precisely create real-life 3D renditions of the designs - creating true works of art.

"This project brings together many elements that are central to d-Vision: outstanding design and art, advanced technology, and commitment to our community," said Professor Ezri Tarazi, head of the d-Vision program. "We were delighted to see how our young designers' artistic ideas turned into spectacular reality through the high-quality 3D printing capabilities of Objet. We are looking forward to seeing how our combined efforts will eventually help make a difference in young people's lives, through the money raised by auctioning the art pieces for ELEM and Mifalot Chinuch."

Commenting on the project, David Reis, CEO for Objet said: "We are delighted to be participating in this very prestigious design project and proud to be contributing to the commendable work of ELEM and Mifalot Chinuch in working to ensure a better future for our youth. By pairing d-Vision's innovative and artistic designs with Objet's advanced 3D printing technology, we have created a powerful platform to expand the boundaries of art and design while contributing to the betterment of the community."

d-Vision was established in 2005  and is a unique internship program  and the first of its kind in Israel, for product development and design. The project was envisioned by Sami Sagol, owner and chairman of Keter Group, with the aim of integrating between Academy in industrial design, product engineering and technology to the needs and future development of industry. Its focal point is to fill the missing link between Academia and Industry, with the aim of cultivating the next generation of excellent young designers and product developers that combine creativity with technology application.

Every year 15 outstanding design graduates are selected from the Design Academies in Israel: Bezalel, Shenkar, Holon Institute of Technology and Hadassa.  During the two year program they get professional experience in product development for the international market.

The interns also develop innovative concepts, new and cutting-edge technologies are introduced to renowned designers and visit professional international fairs.

d-Vision exhibited in international fairs such as Salone Satellite in Milano, in the Dutch Design Week and others.

Prof. Ezri Tarazi and Ms. Tzipi Kunda head the program.

The program includes sponsored Masters Degree in Designing and offers job positions in Keter to the graduates of the program.

The program also promotes contribution to the community and each team engages in a special community project. This year the program managers decided that the contribution will focus on two organizations: "Elem, Youth in Distress" and "Education and Social Projects".

Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, features in a Sky News report on 3D printing today. In an interview with Professor Richard Hague, Director of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing (which will be led by the University of Nottingham from July 1st), Sky News reveals how 3D printing is used in the process of design optimization.

Using time-lapse photography, a classic car model is shown being printed layer-by-layer on an Objet30 Desktop 3D printer, provided by Objet UK distributor OPS. "I'd like the Sky News viewers to understand some of the incredible capabilities of 3D printing," comments Professor Hague. "In particular, my focus with the research we do at the EPSRC Centre is on multi-functional 3D printing, 3D printing with metals and the design freedoms that can be achieved with these processes. The time-lapse footage demonstrates the concept of 3D printing very simply. Then, to illustrate the multi-functional aspect, I use - amongst others - parts printed with the Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer which have been embedded with conductive, optical or biological tracks - so viewers can imagine the real-life and potential applications made possible by this technology."

To view the video, visit: news.sky.com/home/technology/article/16234942

Objet Ltd, has launched the new Objet30 Pro – the most versatile professional in-house desktop 3D printer available on the market. Unveiled at RAPID, the new desktop 3D printer offers 7 different materials, including, for the first time on a desktop system, clear transparent material and high temperature resistant material.

The Objet30 Pro is positioned as the ultimate rapid prototyping solution for designers and engineers, ranging from industries such as consumer goods and consumer electronics to medical devices and design consultancies.

The Objet30 Pro takes its place as the new top-of-the-line addition to Objet's existing desktop 3D printer line which starts at $19,900. With a small footprint, professional 28 micron print quality and wide ranging material versatility, the Objet30 Pro produces high quality prototypes with a choice of 7 different materials and functional properties, offering designers and engineers a world of possibilities:

  • Objet clear transparent material (Objet VeroClear) for simulating PMMA/glass;
  • Objet High temperature material for heat-resistant static functional testing;
  • Objet polypropylene-like material (Objet DurusWhite) for simulating snap-fit parts; and
  • Four rigid, opaque materials for standard plastic simulation (Objet Vero Family in black, white, gray, and blue).

“Having the correct tools and resources to advance our product development is critical for our organization,” said Gregory Janice, Engineering Manager at Princeton Tec. “The Objet30 Pro's ability to print parts made with a clear transparent material on a desktop 3D printer combined with its ease of use and versatility made the Objet30 Pro a sound investment for our team.”

Collcap Packaging Ltd., an Objet customer creating innovative cosmetic, perfumery and personal care packaging, has also been testing the new Objet30 Pro desktop 3D printer. Adam Smith, Technical Manager at Collcap, comments, “We knew a desktop machine would meet our capacity requirements quite happily, but for the packaging work we do, we really wanted the range of materials that has previously only been available with bigger machines. The clear transparent material for instance is ideal for prototyping our bespoke fragrance bottles and other glass or clear plastic products, whilst the range of colored rigid materials work perfectly for simulating plastic bottles, caps and fittings. The excellent surface finish and detail provided by the Objet30 Pro are also crucial so that our eye-catching designs look and feel as they’re supposed to when we present them to our customers for approval.”

"The Objet30 Pro is the next evolution in desktop 3D printers developed specifically for professional users", said David Reis, CEO of Objet. “This desktop 3D printer provides outstanding print quality with a choice of seven materials that until now could only be found in much larger, high-end 3D printers. The Objet30 Pro is the perfect combination of professional, versatile in-house 3D printing at an attractive price point," concluded Reis.

The Objet30 Pro will be on display at RAPID 2012 Conference and Exposition, Atlanta Georgia until May 25th.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/3D-Printer/Objet_Desktop_Family/#objet30





Tuesday, 15 May 2012 08:32

Objet Establishes Local Presence in Japan

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Objet Ltd, the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing today announced the establishment of Objet Japan KK ('Objet Japan'), a new joint venture formed together with the 3D Printer division of Fasotec Co. Ltd ('Fasotec'), Objet's longstanding distributor in the region. The new entity is established in line with Objet's global strategy to offer local support in key strategic markets, meeting the increasingly intricate requirements due to complexity of product portfolio and adapting to suit unique local conditions. Objet holds majority of ownership share of the new entity.

Objet has been providing the Japanese market cutting-edge 3D printing technology since 2003.  Demand for the latest technology and advanced applications have been growing steadily over the years, and are expected to continue. Driven by the advanced requests, the new entity is established to be closer to the market for better understanding of specifications and to keep with the pace of the fast-changing Japanese market. Combining the experience of market knowledge and industry best-practices, Objet Japan is committed to satisfy both partners and customers on both products and services.

Registration of the new entity was completed on April 20, 2012 and commencement of business operation is set to be in effect from July 1. Eric Goguy is appointed as the CEO of Objet Japan.

"Today marks a significant milestone for Objet. Japan is one of our key strategic markets. The local establishment is our commitment to invest in geographies that offer strong growth potential," Gilad Yron, Managing Director of Objet AP, commented, "Japan is a very special market in which innovative technology, advanced applications and new materials are in high demand. Objet has invested significantly in R&D responding to these demands and we feel that the establishment of local presence will put us in a better position to offer the most appropriate solutions and support suited to the Japanese market. Leveraging the expertise of the two companies, I am confident that the new joint venture will bring forward new opportunities to our channel partners and customers."

"We are very excited to join forces with Objet," said Shukichi Shimada, President and CEO of Fasotec. "Fasotec became Objet's first distributor in Japan in 2003 and we've since witnessed the growth of the 3D printer market as expected. The market still offers a lot of potential and growth is expected to continue. In addition, Objet's product portfolio has also expanded tremendously, consisting of a range of 3D printing systems and materials that are suitable for users from entry level to professional level. Our decision on the collaboration signifies our confidence in the market and our commitment to offer quality solution and service."

"The 3D printing industry is growing rapidly and is revolutionizing the manufacturing landscape. I wanted to be a part of a company that is at the forefront of driving this growth," Eric Goguy, CEO of Objet Japan, remarked. "The local presence signifies our confidence in the region. I look forward to providing this market with the technology it needs and offering highest quality services and support to our stakeholders."

Fasotec Co., Ltd. is engaged in the PLM (Product Life Cycle) business as a provider of engineering solutions, mainly CAD/CAM/CAE/PDM systems, through technology and know-how regarding 3D digital data utilization. Fasotec is also involved in the CAP (Computer Aided Prototyping) business, offering 3D printers and prototyping materials from Objet along with maintenance services, as well as offering prototyping outsourcing services. Fasotec's main customer base comprises the automotive industry, plus a wide range of other sectors including electrical/electronics, aerospace, and consumables. Recently, the company has also entered new sectors such as healthcare, by combining digital data processing with 3D printing and prototyping technology. Fasotec was established in 1983, and currently has subsidiaries in Japan and China.

For more information, visit: www.fasotec.co.jp

Objet Asia Pacific will showcase the Objet260 Connex and Objet30 at the Objective 3D Pty Ltd booth during (Noat National Manufacturing Week (NMW 2012), to be held at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park on 8-11 May 2012.

In collaboration with its partner, Objective 3D, Objet will showcase its cutting-edge Connex multi-material technology – Objet260 Connex together with its latest professional desktop 3D printer – Objet30 – at the exhibition. Objet260 Connex is a compact, attractively priced edition of Objet’s pioneering line of multi-material 3D printers, offering a choice of over 60 different build materials from which it can simultaneously build 14 different materials into a single model part, thereby providing a highly accurate idea of how complex or assembled end products would look and perform. Objet30 is the only office-friendly desktop system capable of printing high-quality, finely detailed models in a choice of 5 different materials, introducing the most advanced desktop 3D printing to design agencies, engineering companies, consultancies and service providers of every size.

Objet 3D printers use patented inkjet-based technology to jet ultra-thin layers of photopolymer materials onto the build tray where each layer is cured with UV light. The process delivers models which can be handled immediately, with exceptional accuracy and allowing any geometry, including thin walls, overhangs and even moveable parts.

NMW 2012 is the largest annual manufacturing exhibition in Australia that aims to strengthen manufacturing through technology, innovation and education, showcasing the latest products and constantly evolving technologies in the expanding manufacturing market.
    
For more information, visit: www.nationalmanufacturingweek.com.au



Wednesday, 25 April 2012 09:33

Objet Customer Satisfaction Continues to Grow

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Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing today released key statistical results from its 2011 Customer Survey, showing year over year improvements in key areas including overwhelmingly positive impressions of Objet, its customer service and its products' performance. The survey was distributed worldwide, in 12 languages and 45 countries.

Approximately 80% of respondents said their general satisfaction with Objet was "high" or "very high"; and a similar percentage said they were either "likely" or "very likely" to recommend Objet to others customers. Perceptions of Objet 3D Printers' performance also rose from 2010 to 2011, with strong gains in marks related to ease of use, ease of maintenance, reliability, and overall satisfaction with the Objet 3D printers.

The percentages of customers who gave Objet the highest mark (5 out of 5) for various aspects of service rose almost 12%. Specifically, 82% said their satisfaction with local service and support was "high" or "very high" (i.e. 4 or 5 out of 5), while 79% gave the same top rating for the service and support provided to customers under Objet's various service contract offerings.  

The high scores for product reliability and customer service were rated as highly significant in Objet customer's purchasing decision matrix. 82% of the surveyed customers said that reliability and service were among the key parameters when selecting an Objet 3D Printer. Of all parameters considering during the purchasing process, reliability and service were rated third most important, right after accuracy and surface finish.

Jason Lopes, systems engineer at Legacy Effects, described the kind of service he has come to expect from Objet: "I was blown away by the great service I received when a part on our Objet Eden260V went out at 5pm PST on Friday and I didn't know how we were going to meet our deadline. But, we received a replacement part and were back up and running by 12noon on Monday, even though it was a holiday. It's reasons like this why I will always stand behind Objet! Thanks for awesome service, support and for being there when we needed it. Objet is a HUGE reason for our continued success!"

The comments of Jürgen Fuchs, Head of Rapid Prototyping at B. Braun Melsungen AG, are typical of many Objet customer views. He said: "I have always been very satisfied with the service and new developments provided by Objet and hope it stays that way."

Objet also rated highly in comparison to other 3D printing technologies. Two-thirds (66%) of Objet customers ranked their satisfaction with Objet compared to other vendors as "high" or "very high". Between 79% and 90% ranked Objet model quality and resolution as "higher" or "much higher" over other models, depending on the specific technology.

This is the third consecutive year that Objet has conducted a survey among its worldwide customers. According to Objet's CEO, David Reis, "The well-being and satisfaction of our customers is a fundamental part of who we are as a company. Objet is highly committed to maintaining its edge in quality service and addressing our customers' requirements. We build on every year's survey results by setting cross company goals and the necessary tools to measure our improvement."

For more information, visit: www.objet.com

Objet ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, is to be an official sponsor of the ‘Multiversités Créatives’ exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, starting May 2nd 2012. The exhibition features pieces from Neri Oxman, Artist, Architect, Designer and Assistant Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, whose work has been created using Objet multi-material 3D printing – a capability unique to Objet Connex technology.

The Centre Pompidou is one of the most visited attractions in France with some 3 million visitors every year. This year's ‘Multiversités Créatives’ exhibition (May 2nd – August 6th) focuses on the future of industry and deals with new creative tools. Visitors will be drawn by 15 different projects created by a new generation of young designers exploring the intersection of technology and art.

“The sponsorship of this exhibition is momentous for our business as a broader awareness of 3D printing technology is key to the industry’s future rapid growth,” states David Reis, Objet CEO. “The 3D printing industry has the potential to invigorate how we think about product design, art and engineering. The process enables artists, designers and engineers to rapidly create whole assemblies, unique artistic geometries and functional prototypes straight from a 3D design.”

Objet is inviting the media to attend its Private VIP Media Event on Friday 4th May, which includes a guided tour of the‘Multiversités Créatives’ exhibition, accompanied by Neri Oxman. Taking place from 8.30-11.00am at the Centre Pompidou, the event starts with a VIP breakfast buffet in the Restaurant Georges on the 6th floor, with panoramic views of the Paris skyline. The Objet Media Event is by free invitation only; as number of participants is limited, to get your personal invitation early registration is required*:

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/pompidou-media-event

Objet Asia Pacific Ltd., a subsidiary of Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing,today announced the appointment of an Altech Co. Ltd. subsidiary as a new Objet distributor in the East China region. This appointment expands the partnership between Objet and Altech into the Chinese market, and opens new opportunities to both companies.

Altech has been Objet’s distributor in Japan since 2008. As demand for 3D printers is expected to increase due to recent growth of Japanese companies’ R&D divisions in the region, Objet and Altech signed partnership to start the sales of Objet products in the East China through Altech’s subsidiary which was established  in 2002.

“We are very excited about being appointed as Objet’s distributor for East China. We believe that we can leverage our extensive experience in the 3D printing market in Japan to service Japanese businesses operating in China,” said Mr. Tetsutaro Okuda, Vice President from Altech Shanghai Co. Ltd. “We are setting up a show room equipped with the Objet Connex500 multi-material and Objet30 desktop 3D Printers in Suzhou, where many Japanese manufacturers are based, to better promote and service rapid prototyping in the region.”

"With its huge manufacturing base and growing interest in 3D printing and rapid prototyping, China is an important strategic market for Objet," said Gilad Yron, Managing Director for Objet Asia Pacific and Japan. "It is therefore essential for us to team up with the right local partners. We have full confidence that together with Altech we can provide the best choice for Japanese manufacturers based in China."
About Altech

Established in 1976, Altech is a trading company specialized in importing and selling printing and packaging machinery.  Since then, Altech has expanded its product coverage to manufacturing machinery for optical discs and smartcards, equipment for solar cell production, security devices, computerization services, digital printers, DVD packages, etc, providing its customers in Japan with the world’s leading industrial machinery and products.

Altech Shanghai was established in 2002 as part of Altech’s expansion plan in Asia, particularly in China.  Leveraging its experience as a trading company for industrial machinery and electronics related devices in Japan, Altech Shanghai imports and sells various cutting-edge devices and serves a wide variety of customers including cosmetics, food and beverage, automotive and electronic devices.  Altech Shanghai caters to the needs of not only large Japanese and Chinese enterprises, but also Japanese SMBs planning to enter into the China market.

For more information, visit: www.altech.co.jp or www.objet.com

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, is unveiling a large-scale, 3D-printed replica of the celebrated ballpark. Designed in 3D software, using blueprints and up-to-date images, the 3' x 5' replica captures even the finest details of Fenway, from the Green Monster and Pesky Pole to the exact number of lights and famed, red Ted Williams seat in right field.

The 3D replica, which was printed on an Objet Connex500 multi-material 3D printer at the company's North American headquarters in Billerica, is about 1/200th scale, includes 40 separate printed sections and weighs about 105 pounds. The model will be on display this week and in the coming months through Boston.

On April 19, the Fenway replica will be on display at Game On!, where it will join other Fenway memorabilia on display during the Fenway 100 Magazine Launch Event hosted by the Boston Globe. There, columnist Dan Shaughnessy will moderate a panel discussion with former players, historians and fans, including Bill Lee, Ken Casey, John Powers and Dick Johnson.

On April 20, the 3D-printed replica will be on display at the Museum of Science for an hour-long demonstration of 3D printing. Objet then will donate the 3D print to the Boston Sports Museum.

"As longtime Red Sox fans, and frequent visitors to Fenway, we wanted to celebrate this historic event by sharing something that all fans could appreciate,'' said Bruce Bradshaw, Director of U.S. Marketing for Objet. "Objet's printers are used by architecture firms around the world to create incredibly detailed models in mere hours rather than weeks; so it seemed a natural fit for us to use this technology to recreate Fenway and deliver it to people throughout Boston."

You can follow the amazing 3D printed Fenway model around its 'victory tour' of Boston starting today, Thursday the 19th.

Morning, April 19th - Check out the 3D printed Fenway model on Fox 25 Morning News (at around 9.30 am)

Evening, April 19th - See the 3D printed Fenway model at the Game On! bar/restaurant opposite Fenway park (from 6pm - 9pm)

Afternoon, April 20th - the model will be on display at the Museum of Science in Boston for a 3D printing demo (at 12.30 mid-day)

For more information, visit: www.objet.com

Objet ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, joins the Materialise World Conference in Leuven, Belgium, as a Platinum Sponsor, this week with two sessions intended to help the audience understand the advantages of 3D printing.

In a presentation entitled ‘Insiders Vision’ as a part of the Additive Manufacturing Summit, Andy Middleton, Objet General Manager for Europe, gives an overview of current trends in the fast-moving world of 3D printing. This session takes place from 16:00 on 19th April.

“The Materialise World Conference provides an excellent opportunity for attendees to understand the 3D printing and additive manufacturing applications that are happening right now and get a real grasp of where the industry is going,” comments Middleton.

Andy Langfeld, Objet European Sales Operations Manager also presents, this time as part of the Medical Innovation Conference, talking on 3D printing and Digital Dentistry. As 3D printing rapidly becomes a standard production tool for dental laboratories, Langfeld describes how – with a combination of oral scanning, CAD/CAM design and 3D printing – dental labs can accurately and rapidly produce a range of dental and orthodontic appliances, thereby increasing accuracy and efficiency, cutting production times and enabling business growth. This session takes place at 12:10 on 20th April.

Materialise hosts the three day annual conference, which brings together experts from around the world to experience and discuss 3D printing and additive manufacturing technology and solutions.

For more information, visit: www.materialise.com/mwc2012 or www.objet.com

Furniture fittings specialist Armac Martin has announced a rise in sales orders since installing an Objet24 Desktop 3D Printer at its facility in Birmingham, UK. "Since the introduction of 3D printing we are turning more of our customers' ideas into new products and as a consequence we are winning more orders for our factory," confirms Paul McGrail, Armac Martin Managing Director.

Armac Martin designs and manufactures handles, knobs, bolts, catches, castors, door knockers, hinges and other furniture fittings, many of which are bespoke designs specified by customers. The Objet24 Desktop 3D Printer, used to test new designs and produce product samples for customer approval, is enabling Armac Martin to save costs and service customers faster according to Mr. McGrail: "Now we have the Objet24 3D Printer working in conjunction with our 3D CAD capability, our Technical Sales Managers are able to get one-off samples to customers without interrupting production on our CNC machines. This means samples are with customers up to four weeks faster than before, sometimes in just a couple of days from the initial discussion. We're also making savings in tooling which would normally be required to produce the samples in metal."

Ease and quality of finishing are also key aspects of producing the samples. "We compared a couple of different rapid prototyping technologies and found that Objet provided the fine detail and quality of finishing we require for our work. Our products are high-quality decorative items so it's very important that samples are beautifully finished," says Mr. McGrail.

Armac Martin purchased the Objet24 Desktop 3D Printer through Objet UK distributor HK Rapidprototyping. Nigel Bunt, Sales Director at HK Rapidprototyping, adds: "It was clear from the start that prototype realism was vital for Armac Martin. Objet 3D printed parts are very easy to finish to a superb standard, which Armac Martin verified in tests with competitive models."

To achieve realistic prototypes, Armac Martin spray paints the majority of parts produced on the Objet24 Desktop 3D Printer. Mr McGrail elaborates, "The majority of the time we paint the 3D printed models in a silver or gold to emulate metal fittings like door handles or knobs and we've had some parts nickel-plated. Parts are also often drilled so that they can be fitted in the same way as the final product. Our customers need to be able to visualise the final effect; the realism of samples produced with Objet 3D printing makes this possible."

Mr. McGrail concludes, "From the first approach to HK Rapidprototyping, through subsequent meetings and producing our first parts, the service has been nothing short of excellent. This, combined with the exceptional quality of samples we're producing, and ease-of-use of the Objet desktop 3D printer has made this purchase a great success for us."

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/3D-Printer/Objet_Desktop_Family/#objet24 or www.martin.co.uk





Objet GmbH, a subsidiary of Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, exhibits the latest in 3D printing technology and its real-world applications at Hannover Messe 2012.

“Objet leads the way in high-quality, professional 3D printing,” states Eric Bredin, European Marketing Director for Objet. “With a portfolio of nearly 70 materials of varying physical and mechanical properties, Objet has the most diverse range of 3D printing materials on the market; enabling our customers to produce the most exceptionally realistic prototypes.”

Visitors to Hannover Messe can see stunning examples of true-to-life prototypes on the Objet stand, including a fully-assembled car dashboard complete with display screens. 1.4 meters wide and assembled from over 20 individually printed parts, the dashboard was produced for StreetScooter, a project involving a consortium of over 80 companies, united with an aim to develop an affordable electric car with an emphasis on sustainability. Major parts of the dashboard were printed in the Objet ABS-like Digital Material, chosen for its exceptional dimensional stability and toughness. Additional Objet materials were used to simulate fine-details. The parts were then glued, polished and painted to precisely simulate the true look, feel and function of the dashboard.

Further prototype models on the Objet stand illustrate real-life applications from a diverse range of industries including automotive and defence parts, kitchen utensils, special effects for film and television, medical devices, dental veneers, footwear and more.

The entry-level Objet Desktop printer runs live on the Objet stand, alongside the unique and widely acclaimed Objet Connex500 multi-material 3D printer. Demonstrating the advantages of multi-material 3D printing, the Objet Connex500 can print models with varying properties from rigid to rubber, opaque to transparent, to engineering plastics simulation.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com or www.hannovermesse.de/home

Rietveld Architects, a NY-based architecture firm known for its large-scale international projects, acquired its Objet 3D Printer and now creates architectural models in just a few hours – a fraction of the two–month turnaround time it required previously. Rietveld Architects has also discovered that the Objet 3D Printer can help secure new projects.

The Objet 3D Printer was a fairly straightfoward choice for Rietveld Architects. "We were particularly impressed by the ability of this system to quickly produce highly detailed, accurate models with minimal office clean-up," Rijk Rietveld, the firm's partner, commented. "Other technologies produced brittle models and just didn’t have the fine detail of the Objet solution”.

Soon after installing the Objet 3D Printer, the architects discovered that the 3D Printer also boosted sales. According to Piet Meijs, a Senior Associate at Rietveld Architects, the Objet prototyping capabilities have helped the firm secure new projects. "There is still very much a 'wow' factor. A potential client asked us to produce a completely re-designed plan because the program changed. Within two weeks we put on the table a 1:400 model of a new design. They knew they could only get it from us and not from other architects."

Using Objet 3D printing, highly accurate architectural models can be produced within hours – reflecting the most recent change requests and updates. Clients can view a physical model with the most intricate details, feel confident about the overall design and how it fits with the surroundings, and reach faster decisions.

In 1993 Margaret Rietveld founded Rietveld Architects and Rijk Rietveld joined a year later. Presently, Rietveld Architects has an international staff, interior projects in New York City, and substantial new construction in the Netherlands. The built projects reflect the result of fifteen years of the successful cross-fertilization between European design sensibility and American ingenuity and know-how. In recent years, the work of Rietveld Architects has been commended in publications and recognized.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com or www.rietveldarchitects.com

Daniel Hilldrup, Artist in Residence at the London Metropolitan University, has unveiled new Objet 3D printed artwork in a series titled 'Fragments in Time'. Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, printed the two striking pieces, which Hilldrup describes as contemporary fossils.

Flux and Aquiform in Rest were produced on an Objet Connex 3D Printer, with the unique capability of printing multiple materials and properties in a single print run, allowing Hilldrup to simulate movement and fluidity in his first piece ‘Flux’.

“Necessity being the mother of invention, I’m often influenced and motivated by technology, so I keep an ear to the ground for new technologies,” states Hilldrup. “I first heard about Objet multi-material 3D printing and thought ‘wow – this is a game changer’. It was the Objet Connex technology that inspired these pieces. For example, without the multi-material aspect it would not have been possible to print the Flux candelabra, and if I was to produce it via traditional methods – casting it in a block of glass – it would be a very difficult thing to achieve, and there would be a loss of control over the final piece.”

Flux: Described by Hilldrup as “a statement on the transference of energy and its transition and total transformation from one physical state and form into another”, Flux depicts black candle wax melting into the liquid base of a candelabra, captured, like a fossil, at a specific moment in time.

The ‘fluid wax’ was printed in Objet black rubber-like material (Objet TangoBlackPlus), which appears to be melting into liquid, but is in fact encased in a solid base of Objet clear transparent, rigid material (Objet VeroClear). The removable candle holders were printed separately in Objet rigid opaque black material (Objet VeroBlack). Hilldrup finished the pieces by hand to a very high standard, polishing the surfaces to achieve a superior level of clarity.

Aquiform in Rest: A free standing sink basin possessing a sculptural form. As its name suggests, it captures the motion of agitated water within a constrained volume. Printed in Objet clear transparent material, it has been finished with a two-pack polyurethane paint.

Hilldrup’s work aims to create design that is beautiful, fit for purpose, and that provides benefits, or otherwise enriches the life of the user, he comments, “My interest is the creation of functional sculpture and innovative object forms where there is an emphasis on the aesthetic and narrative of a piece, but not at the expense of usability. I wish to explore the boundaries between art and design by embracing digital tools, manufacturing technologies and through associated process pipelines and craft.

“In this sense I’m really pleased with both pieces. The Objet multi-material Connex capability allows you to approach the work from a different angle, potentially working on concepts you couldn’t otherwise achieve. I’m very happy with how the pieces have translated; sometimes you do something in the virtual domain and then it doesn’t quite come up to scratch when you do the physical piece. In this case I’m really pleased with the pieces across the board, the way the materials and finish have translated the concept. I’d certainly call them a success.”

Daniel Hilldrup Researcher, Lecturer and Artist in Residence at the London Metropolitan University, practices digital-craft and embraces digital fabrication technologies to realize pieces that span the art and design domains, to create functional sculpture and objects of 'beautility'. Hilldrup’s aim is to create innovative object forms where there is an emphasis on the aesthetics and narrative of a piece, but not at the expense of usability.

For more information, visit: www.danielhilldrup.com or www.objet.com




Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing announced that it will be hosting a 48 hour workshop for Architecture professors and students at this year's ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of America) 100th Annual Meeting, which will take place March 1-3, in Boston, MA. Objet will also be participating in a number of other sessions during the meeting.

The ACSA workshop will allow attendees to develop breakthrough designs, from concept to 3D model completion, in just 48 hours. Their 3D models will then be displayed at the ACSA Annual Meeting - a special exhibit in honor of ACSA's centennial annual meeting.

Gilad Gans, Executive Vice President for Objet, says: "We are thrilled to have this collaboration with ACSA and MIT as part of Objet's long-standing commitment to enabling educational excellence. Objet will be presenting its advanced 3D printing and rapid prototyping capabilities for America's leading architectural professors and students. For the first time, both faculty and student members will be able to get real hands-on experience of our unique multi-material 3D printing capability in an intensive 2 day seminar."

Also presenting at ACSA will be Neri Oxman, Assistant Professor at MIT, who will be describing her work 'Design by Nature' and how Objet Connex multi-material technology helps to bring her complex design concepts to life.

Objet's breakthrough Connex multi-material technology is already being used in leading universities, research institutions and Fortune 500 companies across the United States and Europe.

Objet is working in collaboration with MIT, ACSA and ACADIA (the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture) to provide architectural faculty and students with numerous opportunities to explore and learn about how digital technologies, in particular 3D printing, can expand the bounds of architectural education and practice.

For more information or to register for any of the above events, visit: web.objet.com/ACSAconference_EN-ACSA-LP-Mar12.html

Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, today announced its expansion in the Chinese market with the signing of two new channel partners – Digital China and Shanghai Chengmei Technology.

Digital China, a leading IT distributor in China, will act as an Objet distributor, and support the Objet line of 3D Printers and materials in North China. Shanghai Chengmei Technology Co., Ltd. (“Shanghai Chengmei”), a leading solution provider of rapid prototyping equipment and 3D scanners, will represent Objet’s products in East China as a reseller.

“With its huge manufacturing base and growing interest in 3D printing and rapid prototyping, China is an important strategic market for Objet," said Gilad Yron, Regional Manager for Objet Asia Pacific and Japan. "It was therefore essential for us to team up with the right local partners. We have full confidence that together with Shanghai Chengmei Technology and Digital China we will make world-class 3D printing and Objet the first choice for Chinese manufacturers in virtually any industry.”

Mr. Sun Chun Hua, General Manager of SBU Business Department of Digital China - Commercial SBU 3D Digital Products Division, commented: “Objet, being the industry leader in the 3D printing for rapid prototyping arena, is definitely our choice of partner. With Objet’s award-winning technology, together with our experience and extensive network in the manufacturing industry, we aim to offer cost-effective world-class rapid prototyping solutions and services to the market.”

Jerry Zhou, General Manager of Shanghai Chengmei said, “It is an honor for us to be associated with Objet, the global leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping. With Objet 3D printing systems, we can now offer an end-to-end solution to the market, thereby enabling our customers to shorten design cycle, reduce R&D costs and ultimately, fasten time-to-market for their products.”

As China's leading IT integration service provider, Digital China has set up regional centers in 19 major cities across the country, establishing good strategic partnership with over 100 global leading IT brands.  Digital China has more than 10,000 agent partners, offering leading edge IT solution and services to various industries including financial, telecommunications, government, etc. Digital China has entered the 3D design and manufacture market since 2007 and has since become China’s largest equipment supplier in the RP field, with more than 200 customers, possessing a nationwide sales and after-sale service-network.

Chengmei Technology is a duly authorized partner of Creaform (Canada), ViALUX (Germany), Objet (Israel) and Geomagic (U.S.) in China. It provides customers with non-arm portable CMM, 3D scanning, rapid prototyping, related processing software and other advanced manufacturing technology products, technical support, technical services and a range of solutions mainly for computer-aided detection, reverse engineering, computer-aided design, rapid prototyping and rapid tooling, etc. The application industries include automobile manufacturing, shipbuilding, aerospace, mold making, machining, footwear, mobile phone manufacturing, dentistry and plastic surgery, university education and scientific research.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com

Objet ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, announced today that its Objet30 Desktop 3D Printer was filmed for brand new Channel 4 series, Home of the Future.

What happens if you ask a normal family to boldly go where no-one has gone before - to live in the future? This five-part Channel 4 series, co-funded by one of the UK's leading energy companies E.ON, and produced by Twofour, transforms the lives of a family, filling their home from top-to-bottom with forefront technology and gadgets.

As well as having cutting-edge technology and gadgets to play with, the Perera family in Sheffield will be challenged by scenarios likely to come in the next twenty to fifty years.

Overseen by expert Chris Sanderson, the Pereras will discover how we may work, rest and play - as well as eat, travel, stay healthy and power our homes.

"The highlight, for me, was the moment the 3D printer arrived," says Sanderson. "It was hugely exciting to be able to design an object and see it being made in front of your eyes."

In an episode looking at home offices, the Perera family use the Objet30 Desktop to produce 3D printed pens.

The series looks at the effects of working from home and living in multi-generational households and asks: what will we eat when cheap food is gone and mass-produced meat is unsustainable? And the family face being shamed by their bin if they don't recycle enough and being temporarily banned from short car journeys (electric and hydrogen-powered, naturally).

But the future is not all bad news as the Pereras discover mind-controlled games, domestic power stations that slash their bills, robots they can control from the other side of the world, waterless washing machines, cars, lawnmowers and vacuums that drive themselves and the joys of growing your own fish supper.

The second episode of Home of the Future airs on February 19th, 7.00pm on Channel 4.

For more information, visit: www.channel4.com/programmes/home-of-the-future/4od#3290489

Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, has been invited to feature at LEGO® World 2012, 16th - 19th February, Bella Center, Copenhagen. The event will highlight the combination of LEGO design and innovative technologies such as 3D printing, with Objet showcasing the exceptional abilities of Objet Desktop 3D Printers to create true-to-life LEGO prototypes.

Objet will demonstrate how 3D technology is used in the design stage of LEGO products to create prototypes of LEGO elements, exhibiting printed samples including LEGO Minifigures and LEGO bricks. Presenting the development process; from the original design computer CAD file, through the 3D printing process and to-scale examples of the final result.

Kenneth Wested Laursen, Head of the LEGO Prototyping Department, comments on the process, "The LEGO brick is born digital on a computer as a CAD drawing and is converted into a physical brick during the manufacturing processes. The Objet 3D printer is a critical component in the LEGO development phase. It helps us in getting physical elements for checking the design, build-ability and functionality at a very early point in production."

Objet 3D printing technology is used to communicate a product's visual and functional properties to customers, decision makers and manufacturers early on in the product development stage, enabling significant savings in time, costs and detection of necessary improvements.

LEGO World, held every year in Copenhagen, gives children and adults the opportunity to learn, create and play with LEGO bricks. This year, a special stand highlights the digital technologies that are used to develop the end product, providing the chance to experience all the processes which contribute to the diverse LEGO experience.

Objet's affordable, high-quality 3D printers use patented inkjet-based technology to jet ultra-thin layers of photopolymer materials onto the build tray where each layer is cured with UV light. The process delivers models which can be handled immediately, with exceptional accuracy and allowing any geometry, including thin walls, overhangs and even moveable parts. Desktop printers such as the Objet24 means no more dependency on outsourced providers, rapidly printing what is needed in-house, multiple times, with ultra-precision details for many global companies.

Objet will be exhibiting in the Intel area (020) at LEGO World 2012 16th - 19th February with two Objet24 Desktop 3D Printers and informative videos alongside a large display of prototypes.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com or www.legoworld.dk

Objet Asia Pacific Ltd., a subsidiary of Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, today announced the appointment of Objective 3D Pty Ltd as the new distributor in the region, reinforcing Objet’s presence in the Australian 3D printing market.

Objective 3D will represent Objet’s full product line for both Australia and New Zealand, offering a full range of both pre- and post-sales service to customers in the region.

“We are very excited for the opportunity to work with Objective 3D who has around 20 years of experience in the rapid prototyping and 3D CAD/CAM industry. It is extremely important for Objet to identify a partner that shares the same goals as Objet and has the ability to provide our customers with first-class service and support,” Ms. Winnie Chu, Regional Sales Director at Objet AP, commented.  “With Objective 3D, we have selected a competent and knowledgeable partner as the team possesses strong market knowledge and an extensive network in the region.

“We are delighted to partner with Objet, securing the rights to distribute the Objet range in the region,” commented Matt Minio, Managing Director of Objective 3D, “Objet 3D printing systems and materials have been recognized worldwide for their high quality, accuracy, versatility and performance, and we now can bring this value to customers throughout Australia and New Zealand,” he added.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com or www.objective3d.com.au

Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing today announced that Oratio B.V. a leading dental industry company in the Netherlands, has developed a complete in-house digital workflow for fabrication of models for dental implants with the help of an Objet 3D Printer. The addition of 3D printing into Oratio’s workflow has turned Oratio into a fully digital dental provider, allowing it to significantly expand its implantology practice while offering higher accuracy and faster turnaround times.

Oratio identified the use of digital solutions for implantology as a potential growth opportunity. However, the company did not want to increase staff or costs, nor compromise its high standards. According to Siebe van der Zel, Chief Operating Officer of Oratio: “Digital dentistry could enable a new level of implant models and allow us full control of the complete process – from the dentist’s initial order, to designing the restoration, through final manufacturing."

Leveraging its strong experience in producing dental parts from CAD design imagery, Oratio chose to integrate the Objet Eden260V 3D Printer into its workflow. Since Installing the Objet 3D Printer Oratio has digitized the entire design and manufacturing process for dental implants. This has significantly improved the productivity of dental technicians by allowing them to focus on higher-level tasks. Implant models printed by the Objet 3D Printer are delivered with exceptionally fine details and an outstanding surface finish – to the full satisfaction of Oratio’s dentist customers. Dentist clients are also benefitting from improved turnaround times, enabled by the in-house rapid manufacturing process.

Avi Cohen, Head of Medical Solutions at Objet, commented: “Practices that specialize in dental implantology inherently require support systems that are flexible and versatile. For this reason Objet’s 3D printing systems represent the perfect fit. They enable labs such as Oratio to continue delivering specialist products to market while, at the same time, even broadening their range of services with new, value-added offerings.”

Summing up the benefits, van der Zel said: “Business growth followed immediately after we installed the Objet 3D Printer. We increased our productivity and as a result we can provide new and better solutions for implantology.”

The Objet Eden260V 3D Printer was recently recognized as a 2011 “Readers’ Choice” by subscribers to Dental Lab Products magazine. It was the only Rapid Prototyping platform honored in the magazine’s annual “Best of the Best Products” list.

For more information, visit: www.ObjetDental.com

Objet Ltd., announced that it will showcase a full-size, 3D printed car dashboard from StreetScooter at this year’s SolidWorks World in San Diego from February 12-15. Shown for the first time in the United States, the five-foot wide fully-assembled dashboard prototype was created with multi-material printing, including Objet’s ABS-like Digital Material, and features a display screen and other fine details that simulate a dashboard’s look, feel and function.

Objet worked closely on the project with StreetScooter, a consortium of more than 80 companies united with an aim to develop an affordable electric car with an emphasis on sustainability. Working closely with the group, Objet has produced highly realistic prototypes for the development of the style and function of the car, including a 1.4 meter wide dashboard made from over 20 individually printed parts. Major parts of the dashboard were printed in the Objet ABS-like Digital Material, chosen for its exceptional dimensional stability and toughness. Additional Objet materials were used to simulate fine-details. The parts were then glued, polished and painted to precisely simulate the true look, feel and function of the dashboard.

SolidWorks attendees can see the fully-assembled dashboard and additional 3D printed products at the Objet booth. In addition, Objet will be running the compact Objet260 Connex multi-material 3D Printer to showcase the advantages of multi-material printing for fit, form and functional testing. Objet offers close to 70 materials, the most versatile solution for true product realism. Also featuring at the show will be a diverse range of exceptionally realistic prototypes, all real applications from Objet customers including automotive and defence parts, kitchen utensils, film special effects, medical devices, dental veneers, footwear and more.

SolidWorks World
San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive
San, Diego, California 92101
Booth #500
February 12-15, 2012

For more information, visit: www.solidworks.com/sww

Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, today announced that the Objet Eden260V 3D Printer has been recognized as a 2011 "Readers' Choice" by subscribers to Dental Lab Products magazine. The Objet 3D Printer was the only Rapid Prototyping platform honored in the magazine's annual "Best of the Best Products" list. The list highlighted the top 10 products out of more than 230 new product innovations featured in the magazine and its website during 2011, based on readers' interest and selection by the editorial team.

"We are delighted that the Objet Eden260V 3D Printer was selected as a 2011 Best of the Best Product for precision dental manufacturing by Dental Lab Products' readers," said Avi Cohen, Head of Medical Solutions at Objet. "The high degree of interest reflects 3D printing's growing importance in digitizing dentistry. The selection of the Objet Eden260V 3D Printer highlights Objet's growing success in redefining manufacturing in the dental laboratory industry."

3D printing is at the heart of the new digital era in dentistry. By combining oral scanning, CAD/CAM design and 3D printing, dental labs can accurately and rapidly produce dental stone models, and a range of orthodontic appliances for dental offices. The Objet Eden260V 3D Printer provides dental labs with an ideal platform for a digitized workflow, enabling more efficient and cost effective production.

Avi Cohen continued: "It is notable that the Objet Eden260V 3D Printer was the only rapid prototyping platform chosen out of more than 230 new product innovations across all categories. We are excited to play our part in bringing improved dental solutions to dentists and their patients. Through the use of proven Objet 3D Printers for additive manufacturing, and our advanced, medically approved materials, we are leading in providing highly accurate and excellent-quality models and parts at an affordable cost."

For more information, visit: digital.dentalproductsreport.com/nxtbooks/advanstar/dlp_201112

In the first four years after Industrial Plastic Fabrications (IPF) bought its first Objet 3D printer, IPF’s rapid prototyping business sky-rocketed from 0 customers to 360. Now, another four years on, the UK-based service bureau continues to rely on Objet 3D printers, and its rapid prototyping business has continued to grow at a very healthy pace.

Today, IPF offers a broad range of machining and fabricating services using varied technologies, but all its rapid prototyping work is produced by its two Objet 3D printers – an Objet Connex500 multi-material 3D Printer for printing parts and assemblies made of multiple different materials on the same print job and for simultaneously printing of multiple different, multi-material parts; and an Objet Eden350V Professional 3D Printer.

“With Objet, we can turn models around quickly, efficiently and with consistency,” says Gary Miller, Head of 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping at IPF. “And our clients like it that they can get a very clear idea of their final product, due to the high accuracy and the model quality and the combination of different materials in a single model.”

According to Miller, the results are nothing short of amazing. When Miller showed a customer a bicycle chain with interlocking, moveable pieces that had been printed in a single run on the Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer, the customer immediately asked how long it took to assemble. Miller told him: “There’s no assembly. It’s printed in one go; you clean it and then you can move it.”

Being able to simultaneously print numerous multi-material parts made of different material properties is highly valuable to IPF. Miller says: “We can print parts that are 40 Shore, 50 Shore, 95 Shore, rigid and flexible parts – all in one go. Four or five customers can want models with different materials and we can print them on the bed at the same time, thanks to Objet’s unique multi-material Connex technology.”

Much of the 3D printing work at IPF takes place overnight or over the weekend, completely unattended. Before leaving the office in the evening, the operator simply sets the Objet 3D printers to start printing; the next morning, he comes into work, cleans the finished parts, and the parts are ready to be shipped out to customers by the end of day. And it happens day after day, week after week.

“We can’t afford for our printers to be down at all,” says Miller. “Objet 3D printers are very reliable machines and the only reason we’ve reinvested in Objet is because the service and support when it’s been needed has been phenomenal.”

Industrial Plastic Fabrications Ltd., located in Essex, UK, offers high-quality machined, formed and fabricated plastic components, plus rapid prototyped parts and 3D printing to the very best standard in the industry. Established in 1969, IPF has over 40 years worth of experience to draw from and its expertise is renowned within the industry. The company’s precision machined, fabricated or formed components provide crucial parts for equipment used within the pharmaceutical, medical, aerospace, automobile, security, audio and broadcasting industries.

For more information, visit: ipfl.co.uk or www.objet.com

Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, today announced it has signed a distribution agreement with Anacom Eletrônica Ltda, for the Brazil market. Anacom is a well-established distributor of electro-electronic, mechanical and simulation products, with an extensive customer base throughout Brazil and in the rest of Latin America. The addition of Anacom to Objet's channel partner ecosystem expands Objet's reach in Brazil.

Anacom will handle sales and support for the complete range of Objet 3D printers, from the highly affordable Objet desktop 3D printers, through professional Objet Eden 3D printers and Objet Connex multi-material 3D printers.

The appointment of Anacom is part of Objet's strategic focus on expanding its penetration into emerging markets where the local market potential for rapid prototyping is highest. Earlier this year, as part of that same strategy, Objet appointed Renata Sollero as Regional Manager for South America. Sollero will work closely with Anacom to ensure success in the market.

"We are very proud to have been selected as an Objet distributor in Brazil," said Carlos Eugenio Lion, President and Director of Anacom. "Through our local sales and technical support teams and based on our national coverage synergy with our other business units, we believe we will add significant value to Objet's business in Brazil."

Amir Sheinman, General Manager of Emerging Markets at Objet, commented: "We are excited to begin working with Anacom as a strong dealer in Brazil as they have an excellent reputation and we have great confidence in their expertise and experience with the relevant target customers. With its wide network of potential customers, Anacom is ideally suited to help us continue providing high-quality and local representation. We're looking forward to joining forces with them."

Anacom has offered products for electronic project development in the Latin American market since 1988. Initially it targeted the electro-electronic segment, with a portfolio composed of companies like Xilinx, Cadence Design, dSpace, LPKF, Lauterbach, ARM, and other that are at the leading edge of their fields. In 2004, Anacom created a new division to promote and sell simulation solutions from Presagis, NGrain, Pitch, Boston Dynamics and VSTEP for the Latin American market. Anacom is headquartered in Brazil, and has several other offices in Latin America.

For more information, visit: www.anacom.com.br

Fishman Acoustic Amplification works with the world's top instrument builders, artists and retailers. Using its Objet desktop 3D printer, Fishman can print mechanically accurate guitar amplification device prototypes that customers can't tell apart from real production parts. In-house 3D printing allows Fishman to go through multiple design iterations in a single day, enabling the company to rapidly perfect its designs without compromising on quality or missing sales cycles.

Previously, outsourced prototyping had been expensive and slow. Now, with in-house prototyping using the Objet desktop 3D printer, Fishman can get to market faster and its production process is more predictable.

"Kula, our new onboard ukulele system, is an example of where we really got a chance to use the Objet desktop 3D printer to its fullest advantage," says Robert Ketch, Vice President of OEM Sales at Fishman Acoustic Amplification. "The prototypes of the Objet desktop are of such good quality that our customers think they are production parts. We're going to be making many more pieces with the Objet desktop 3D printer to repeat the success we had with this product. The impact on the timeline and the impression that Objet makes have been really valuable."

In addition to being impressed with the quality, flexibility and structural integrity of the models created on the Objet desktop 3D printer, the development team at Fishman is enjoying far easier and faster prototyping.

Ian Popken, Director, Product Development at Fishman Acoustic Amplification, says: "It's a very smooth process and the Objet 3D printer is easy to use. Just recently we had one part that went through three revisions in a single day. It's pretty remarkable to get a perfect prototype so quickly without compromising on design quality."

Watch how Objet 3D prototypes are part of the Fishman Acoustic Amplification workflow to perfect their design and get to market faster.

For more information, visit: www.fishman.com or www.objet.com

Objet AP Ltd, a subsidiary of Objet Ltd, the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, today announced the launch of its Center of Excellence (CoE) Demo Center in Chennai, India. Objet is delighted to join forces with Redington India, Objet’s Master Distributor in India, to provide a dedicated area to showcase Objet’s latest 3D printers and materials, including advanced Objet Connex multi-material jetting technology.

Manufacturers and design companies will be presented with the benefits of 3D printing, which enables businesses to reduce the cost of product development and shorten time-to-market of new products. Objet’s Demo Center, located at Redington’s office in Chennai, will provide onsite demonstrations and consultation specific to manufacturers’ and industrial designers’ business challenges.

"We are excited about the new facility and look forward to the opportunity to demonstrate our 3D printing solutions to businesses that want to accelerate design validation processes, conduct functional testing of prototypes and shorten time-to-market,” said Ashan Dhunna, Sales Director, India & ME, Objet AP Ltd. “Objet's investment in rolling out a Center of Excellence Demo Center in India exemplifies our expertise and commitment to helping partners and clients to grow their businesses through state-of-the-art technology. Having cooperated with Redington India's technical experts to build the Center of Excellence Demo Center, we expect to deepen the market’s understanding of 3D printing and its capabilities and potentials, and thus promote the adoption of 3D printing for rapid prototyping," he added.

Kasturi Rangan, President Redington India Ltd., commented: “We are very excited about the Demo Center as it provides access to unparalleled industry and technology expertise. It allows partners and customers to experience and appreciate rapid prototyping technological know-how that would make a difference to their business. Our engineers and applications specialists are fully trained and certified by Objet, ensuring quality consultation and service. We believe that the Demo Center will contribute positively to the strengthening of awareness and adoption of 3D printing in India,” he concluded

Objet’s Master Distributor in India, Redington is a company with deep-rooted relationships, a comprehensive product offering and wide reach, supported by superior logistical capabilities, robust infrastructure, sophisticated management Information systems, prudent risk management practices and end to end customer support services. The Graphics Solution Business Unit in Redington offers end to end solutions for high-value products and brands in the Graphic space in India.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com or www.redingtonindia.com

Released this October, Real Steel is an American science fiction action film starring Hugh Jackman and directed by Shawn Levy. The film is based on the premise that by 2020 the sport of boxing is no longer played by humans, but robots.

To make the robots as real as possible for the film, Legacy Effects used an Objet 3D printer to produce the 1/5th scale models. Once built, hand-painted, lit, and approved, the full scale Atom, Noisy Boy, and Ambush robots went into production. Motion capture technology was used to depict the fights on camera, mixed with the full scale animatronic robots.

Legacy Effects’ Senior Systems Engineer, Jason Lopes says of the Objet 3D printer, “Being able to print high resolution models on the 3D printer allowed Legacy's designers to go from concept, to final design and into full size production in the shortest possible time.”

Legacy Effects uses Objet’s 3D printers to create a range of scale models and even functional custom parts that have been used in films such as Jurassic Park 3, Iron Man 2 and Avatar. Objet’s 3D printers have also proven instrumental in producing stop-motion animations films, such as Coraline.

“It is a pleasure and an honor to be working with customers such as Legacy Effects and to see our 3D printers helping to produce the very latest effects for some of the most popular Hollywood blockbusters,” said Gilad Gans, Executive Vice President at Objet. “The accuracy, material versatility and surface quality of Objet’s 3D printers allow artists to capture all the nuances and fine details of their ideas and transform them into 3D models that look fully believable under the camera’s lens.”

3D printing represents an important factor in the film industry today, where special effects and technical enhancements often come at the cost of increasing time delays. Using 3D printing allows studios to save on reshoots, editing and post production – enabling a faster time-to-market and lower overall costs.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com

Wednesday, 09 November 2011 10:01

Objet 3D Printed Dashboard From StreetScooter

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Following a year packed full of new 3D printing product and material launches, Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, will showcase some of the real-life applications made possible with its technology at EuroMold 2011. A standout highlight of the exhibition will be a stunning 3D printed dashboard from StreetScooter.

The StreetScooter project is a consortium of over 80 companies, united with an aim to develop an affordable electric car with an emphasis on sustainability. Working closely with the group, Objet has produced highly realistic prototypes for the development of the style and function of the car, including a 1.4 meter wide dashboard made from over 20 individually printed parts. Major parts of the dashboard were printed in the Objet ABS-like Digital Material, chosen for its exceptional dimensional stability and toughness. Additional Objet materials were used to simulate fine-details. The parts were then glued, polished and painted to precisely simulate the true look, feel and function of the dashboard.

EuroMold visitors can see the fully-assembled dashboard complete with display screens and additional 3D printed fittings at the Objet stand. Also featuring at the exhibition will be a diverse range of exceptionally realistic prototypes, all real applications from Objet customers including automotive and defence parts, kitchen utensils, film special effects, medical devices, dental veneers, footwear and more.

"Objet has a comprehensive range of products for the professional user. From entry-level Desktop 3D printers, to the highly productive Eden range and the unique multi-material Connex series, there's a perfect fit for any product designer or engineer with a rapid prototyping requirement," states Gilad Gans, Executive Vice President for Objet, "It's the 3D printing materials that provide many of the unique capabilities of our 3D printers. With the introduction of several important new materials in 2011, Objet can now boast an impressive portfolio of 68 materials of varying physical and mechanical properties. It's the most versatile range of materials on the market, all developed with the intention to create the most realistic prototypes possible."

Demonstrations of Objet's full range of materials will be available throughout the show, including the latest releases: high temperature resistant material (RGD525), clear transparent material (Objet VeroClear), ABS-like Digital Material (RGD5160-DM), bio-compatible material (MED610) and the rigid opaque VeroWhitePlus material.

Showcasing the advantages of multi-material printing, the Objet260 Connex (launched summer 2011) and the larger Objet500 Connex, will be running live on the stand. Gans adds, "Objet's capability to print multiple materials in a single build is not only unique, but it can't be competed with. No other technology can produce a part comprising 14 different material properties in a single build with no assembly. With varying properties from rigid to rubber, opaque to transparent, to engineering plastics simulation, Objet's Connex technology is the pinnacle of true product realism."

Also at the Objet stand will be the Objet desktop and Eden 3D printers.

EuroMold visitors are also invited to enjoy Objet's technology demonstrations and gallery of 3D printing applications at a happy hour at 6pm on Tuesday 29th November.

See Objet at EuroMold 2011 from 29th November - 02th December, stand D90, hall 11 in Frankfurt, Germany, and pre-register for your one-on-one meeting with the Objet team here.

For more information, visit: web.objet.com/Euromold-2011.html

Tuesday, 08 November 2011 09:26

Objet Launches High Temperature Material

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Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing has announced today the commercial availability of a new High Temperature Material (RGD525), available for use on Objet Connex500 and Eden500V 3D printers. The High Temperature Material is capable of simulating the thermal performance of engineering plastics and provides outstanding dimensional stability for static 3D models and prototypes. Objet plans to make the High Temperature Material available on additional platforms during 2012.

The High Temperature Material (RGD525) follows Objet's launch of Bio-Compatible material (MED610) in September and transparent VeroClear, VeroWhitePlus and ABS-like Digital Material in April 2011.

According to Zehavit Reisin, Head of Consumables Line of Business for Objet, "We are very excited to release the latest addition to our growing range of materials for simulating engineering plastics. The High Temperature Material allows our customers to perform genuine thermal functional testing of 3D printed parts and prototypes. The models created in this material are more resilient in diverse environmental conditions, whether in transit or under strong exhibition lighting. At this year's EuroMold - World Fair for Moldmaking and Tooling, Design and Application Development show in Frankfurt, Germany - visitors will be able to see both the High Temperature Material and ABS-like Digital Material being used in an impressive array of industry applications."

The High Temperature material produces 3D models and prototypes combining high thermal functionality with outstanding dimensional stability. The material's temperature resistance makes it highly beneficial for thermal testing of static parts such as hot air-flow or hot water-flow in taps and faucets. When jetted off the Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer, the High Temperature Material can be simultaneously printed with Objet's Tango family of rubber-like materials to simulate over-molded parts such as air-flow vents used in automotive, defense and household appliances.

The new Objet High Temperature Material (RGD525) has a Heat Deflection Temperature (HDT at 0.45MPa) of 65 degrees C (149 degrees F) out of the printer and 80 degrees C (176 degrees F) after a short oven-based, post-thermal treatment. With these new additions, the number of Objet 3D printing materials is brought to a total of 68, including 51 composite materials (Digital Materials), enabling a wide range of rapid prototyping usages, from realistic product visualization to advanced functional testing.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/3D-Printing-Materials/Overview/High_Temperature/

Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, has announced key appointments to its Emerging Markets division, bringing on board a new general manager and new regional managers for Central America, South America and Africa. These management appointments reflect Objet's belief in the strong potential that emerging markets hold for rapid prototyping and 3D Printing. With the new regional managers in place, Objet is poised to boost its sales and service capabilities, ensuring it delivers maximum value to its growing customer base throughout the regions.

Amir Sheinman, as General Manager of Emerging Markets, is leading Objet's activities in this strategic arena. He joined Objet in March 2011, bringing with him more than 15 years of experience in management, sales, marketing, and business development at business-to-business and high technology companies, including HP and Solido 3D.

"Objet, as a global company, defined emerging markets as a strategic target and decided to invest heavily in putting together a top professional team to exploit the potential for Objet's solutions that exists in those markets," says Gilad Gans, Executive Vice President for Objet. "The team will work closely with our existing channel partners and enable their teams to achieve a leadership position in these markets."

Andrew Dehart is the new Regional Manager for Central America, responsible for Mexico, Central America, Columbia and selected parts of South America. Andy has two decades of experience in rapid prototyping and 3D Printing marketing, sales and business development, including 11 years as ZCorporation's VP of Western Hemisphere Sales and three years helping launch the Stratasys 3D Printing program. Previously, Andy led the manufacturing and tools services departments at a major US CAD/CAM distributor organization.

Objet will work closely with its distributors throughout the Central American region, including HITEC in Mexico, to extend and support their Objet-related business.

Gilad Bet-Halevi is the new Regional Manager for Africa and Selected Countries in the Middle East. He brings 12 years of business partner management experience and a proven track record of expertise in Africa, Middle East and Europe. He is stationed in Objet's regional headquarters for South Africa, providing an effective gateway to the growing African market.

In addition to a dedicated team servicing the Africa region, Objet is represented by DemaPlasTech, the first local distributor in the region, appointed at the end of 2010.

Renata Sollero is the new Regional Manager for South America. Renata brings strong Business Partner management expertise in Brazil with deep knowledge of sales and business development and also marketing strategy. In her most recent position, Renata served as Dassault Systemes' Brazil Territory Channels Manager, and was responsible to recruit and develop partners to sell, implement and deliver 3D software solutions (CAD/CAM/CAE/others). Renata has also served as Business Alliances Manager at Oracle and was responsible to build and develop the partner network for a new line of products.

Objet will strengthen business with Sycad, the existing distributor in Brazil, and open new possibilities of partnerships seeking sustainable growth in South America Region.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com

Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, has launched its annual customer survey for 2011. The worldwide survey, now in its third year, is a key part of Objet's ongoing strategy to listen closely to customers' views of Objet products and services. Based on their responses, Objet assigns teams to address the feedback and requirements and to monitor improvement.

Overall, Objet consistently scores highly in multiple areas relating to its product offering and service delivery. More than 75% of respondents to the 2010 survey said there was a "high" or "very high" likelihood they would recommend Objet to others. In terms of general satisfaction, 75.6% of customers rated their satisfaction either "high" or "very high". The percentage of respondents who gave the highest possible score for installation and training improved by 20% from 2009 to 2010. Year over year improvements such as these confirm the effectiveness of Objet's strategy of listening to customers and implementing changes.

Following last year's survey, Objet set more than 120 key performance indicators (KPIs), providing a clear set of action items that were implemented in order to meet the issues that were raised in the survey. The results of this year's survey will enable Objet to evaluate the effectiveness of its continual improvement efforts and to further upgrade its performance.

"Placing our customers' satisfaction at the top of our priorities is part of our commitment to ensuring they enjoy the highest value from our offering," said David Reis, CEO of Objet. "Our annual customer survey allows us to better address customers' needs, which we trust will provide valuable benefits to future customers as well."

"We encourage all our customers to complete the 2011 Survey as it's a powerful opportunity for them to be heard and for us to listen attentively to their requests," continued Mr. Reis.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com

Monday, 31 October 2011 12:09

'WIRED' About 3D Printing

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Objet was invited to take a starring role at a Test Lab session of Wired Magazine’s inaugural conference in London this month. “3D printing was set to be a hot topic at WIRED 2011, so we wanted to bring someone on board who could demonstrate some of the most exciting applications of the technology,” comments Peter Giblin, curator of the Test Lab. “When we heard about Objet’s unique multi-material printing capability we were determined to include Objet Connex technology in the session.”

WIRED 2011 Together with O2 was a conference celebrating ideas, innovations and people that reshape the world, designed to immerse participants in a creative and innovative atmosphere of collaborative discovery and knowledge sharing. The Test Lab session provided an opportunity for delegates to explore the latest fascinating new technologies, as selected by Wired. According to Objet UK Sales Manager Chris Baker: “It was a bustling hive of activity with robots interacting with crowd, 3D cameras recording the event and model helicopters threatening to endanger the chandeliers of The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel – not to mention the 3D printing.”

Delegates had seen talks with a heavy emphasis on 3D printing earlier in the day from Chris Anderson, Wired's US Editor-in-Chief, and Lisa Harouni, MD and Co-Founder of Digital Forming. The Test Lab provided an opportunity to see the process first-hand with the recently introduced Objet260 Connex multi-material 3D Printer. Giblin concludes, “The Test Lab was a great success and we were delighted with the contribution from Objet. It was great to see the bewilderment and excitement on the faces of those new to 3D printing when they saw models printed during the session, in one build, with moving parts, multiple materials and no assembly required, and they started to contemplate the possibilities.”

For more information, visit: www.wiredevent.co.uk or www.objet.com

Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing today announced that Guide3D Lab will start offering its dentist customers surgical guides made of the new Objet Bio-Compatible 3D printing material (MED610™). According to Guide3D, the material combines bio-compatibility with high transparency, which makes it an ideal material for the production of highly accurate, customized implant surgical guides.

According to David Kenyan, General Manager of Guide3D Lab, "Using the Objet Bio-Compatible material enables dentists to easily use customized 3D printed surgical guides in the mouth and better monitor the soft tissue underneath to ensure a safer and more successful dental procedure."

Avi Cohen, Head of Medical Solutions at Objet adds: "Objet Bio-Compatible transparent material is manufactured under the ISO 13485:2003 certification, which guarantees fulfilment of comprehensive quality management procedures for the manufacture of medical devices."

"The new Objet Bio-Compatible material is ideal for prolonged skin contact of over 30 days and mucosal-membrane contact of up to 24 hours. It has five medical approvals according to the harmonized standard ISO 10993-1: Cytotoxicity, Genotoxicity, Delayed Type Hypersensitivity, Irritation and USP Plastic Class VI.* MED610 is also manufactured under the ISO 13485:2003 certification, which specifies that each and every batch of the material undergoes bio-compatibility conformity testing, including GC-FID, before it is packaged. This ensures the highest bio-compatible standards for dental solutions requirements" Added Avi Cohen.

MED610 is the second material Objet has created specifically for dental and medical solutions. It joins the company's original Objet VeroDent material, currently used extensively in the digital dental process at dental labs worldwide.

Guide3D Lab is a dental institute that develops advanced technologies and procedures for the dental implants market. Guide3D's team has developed a smart design solution that features numerous technical dental implants and surgical guides using CyberMed Inc software specifically designed for making very precise surgical guides.

Founded in 2010, Guide3D is among the most promising companies nationwide for the manufacture of surgical guide appliances. Guide3d will also manufacture modules made of transparent material which can be used for the planning and precise execution of major intra oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures, such as block excision of aggressive tumors and closure of large maxillary clefts by bone grafting with block grafts. Gude3d Lab is also investigating and developing the use of 3D modeling in field of orthopedic surgery.

For more information, visit: www.objetdental.com or www.guide3d.net

Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, is demonstrating the benefits of adding 3D printing to the dental workflow, at International Expodental Rome, today. Exhibiting at Hall 9, Stand D12 from October 6-8 - Objet presents the new Bio-Compatible 3D printing material (MED610™) and its 3D printers that help dental labs to digitize their dentistry for more accurate and cost effective results. According to Objet, the material combines bio-compatibility with high dimensional stability and clear transparency. This makes it useful for PMMA simulation and a wide range of dental solutions - particularly the production of highly accurate, customized surgical guides.

Avi Cohen, Head of Medical Solutions at Objet adds, "Objet invests significantly in R&D in order to proactively meet the requirements of our customers. The advanced mechanical properties of the new Bio-Compatible material, including clear transparency, bring benefits to the entire medical and dental workflow - from surgical planning through to the procedure itself."

The new Objet Bio-Compatible material is ideal for prolonged skin contact of over 30 days and mucosal-membrane contact of up to 24 hours. It has five medical approvals according to the harmonized standard ISO 10993-1: Cytotoxicity, Genotoxicity, Delayed Type Hypersensitivity, Irritation and USP Plastic Class VI.* MED610 is also manufactured under the ISO 13485:2003 certification, which specifies that each and every batch of the material undergoes bio-compatibility conformity testing, including GC-FID before it is packaged. This ensures the highest bio-compatible standards for dental solutions requirements.

Objet is also showcasing a broad range of the dental models at the event, specifically designed for the dental market. The material features extreme toughness, dimensional stability and great detail visualization-producing modelsthat can be handled immediately after being built.

Avi Cohen concludes, "Choosing the right equipment to get the best return on investment is not trivial. Objet enables dental practitioners to reap the maximum benefits from the digital dentistry era, which is exactly what we'll be demonstrating at the International Expodental Rome."

Among dental laboratories already using Objet 3D printing technology are Glidewell Laboratories, Albensi Laboratories, iDent Imaging and Remedent to fabricate unique stone models, orthodontic appliances, delivery and positioning trays, veneer try-ins, full and partial denture try-ins, surgical guides, clear aligners and retainers.

To find out more about Objet's digital dentistry solutions please visit: www.ObjetDental.com

*Biological Testing: Parts printed by Objet according to Objet MED610 Use and Maintenance Terms (DOC-08242) were evaluated for biocompatibility in accordance with standard DIN EN ISO 10993-1: 2009, Biological evaluation of medical devices-Part 1: Evaluation and Testing within a risk management process. This addresses cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, delayed hypersensitivity, and USP plastic Class VI which includes the test for irritation, acute systemic toxicity and implantation.

DISCLAIMER: It is the responsibility of the Customer and its respective customers and end-users to determine the biocompatibility of all the component parts and materials used in its finished products for their respective purposes, including in relation to prolonged skin contact (of more than 30 days) and short-term mucosal-membrane contact (up to 24 hours). Results may vary if different conditions apply than those existing at Objet Ltd.'s ("Objet")  laboratories at testing time and those that applied for the purposes of the evaluation of biological testing specified in 2009, Biological evaluation of medical devices-Part 1: Evaluation and Testing within a risk management process. Customer acknowledges the contents of this document and that Objet parts, materials, and supplies are subject to its standard terms and conditions identified at www.objet.com/termsandconditions which are incorporated herein by reference.

Any avid cyclist knows that to beat the pack on the road or mountain trail you've got to be fast; you've got to pay attention to every detail, and you've got to push every limit. And your bike has to keep up. Trek, the name trusted by competitive and leisure cyclists worldwide, applies these same principles to designing new parts for its top-class bicycles. It uses Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer to speed through design iterations and confirm the fit and function of bike parts early on in the design process - reducing lead times from 28 days to just 1 day, saving precious time to market.

Using the Objet Connex500 multi-material 3D printer, designers in Trek's Prototype Development Group can now print a fully-functional 3D bike part they can use on their bikes in just one day, instead of waiting four weeks for a CNC part. With the prototype parts printed in Objet's new ABS-like material, engineers can test the fit and function in the toughest real-life conditions. They can insert a 3D printed prototype into a working bicycle and take it out on the trail to test performance - early on in the design cycle, when it's easier and cheaper to adjust the part design.

Objet multi-material 3D printing wins the day… And more

In 2010, When Trek was searching for a new solution for rapid prototyping new bike parts, a demonstration of the Objet Connex500's multi-material 3D printing capabilities made it Trek's ultimate choice. Trek's team were particularly impressed with the machine's unique ability to print both rigid and flexible materials together into a single prototype - enabling their designers to achieve a closer look, feel and function of their intended end-products.  

Then, after working with the Objet Connex500 for a short time, additional benefits soon came to fore.

"Our designers have a whole new world to work with for prototyping, says Mike Zeigle, Manager of Trek's Prototype Development Group. "Printing with Objet is much less time-consuming and more cost-effective than using our CNC machines for this purpose; it has reduced our prototype lead times from 4 weeks to just 1 day and in many cases to just hours. With the Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer our engineers can produce multiple design iterations, perfecting our design, way beyond what they could have done if we just relied on CNC parts."

We've got great examples of something that starts out as an Objet part, goes into a CNC part, is fabricated, and then goes on to either a world cup or championship level Trek bicycle, all made with an Objet part from the start."

For more information, read the case study at: www.objet.com/pages/case_studies/consumer_goods/trek

In response to growing demand in the UK market, Objet GmbH, the subsidiary of Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, announced today that UK distributor Tri-Tech Engineering will now sell its full range of Objet 3D printers, including the Objet Connex product line.

Andy Middleton, General Manager for Objet Europe, comments, “Tri-Tech has been a successful distributor for Objet for nearly a year selling our desktop printers. With the expected increase in market demand for our unique multi-material Connex technology – particularly with the introduction of the new compact and attractively priced Objet260 Connex – it is a natural progression for us to extend Tri-Tech’s representation to include our high-end product portfolio.”

The addition of the Objet Eden and Connex 3D printing systems will open up a whole new area of business for Tri-Tech.

Paul Webber, Tri-Tech Director, states his belief – “We firmly believe that the Objet brand offers customers a greater quality of models and range of materials than any other 3D printer manufacturer. Offering best-in-class, high-quality and cost-effective 3D printing solutions and services will help our customers to perfect their designs, optimize their product development process and improve time to market.”

Webber concludes, “Our close working relationship with Objet continues to go from strength to strength, putting Tri-Tech in a unique position to offer its clients a complete package for 3D printers, 3D software, modelling materials, customer support and repairs. Both existing and new customers alike can be confident that Tri-Tech is a company they can grow and develop with, and we will continue to work hard to offer the very best 3D printing solutions available today.”

Tri-Tech Engineering Ltd is an approved UK distributor and supplier of Objet 3D printing systems and materials. The company offers a complete package of services from initial specification and supply of 3D printing hardware and software, to onsite printer installation, staff training and full product support. Our UK based technical support team can provide routine maintenance, repair and servicing for all types of 3D printing and rapid manufacturing equipment through our network of fully trained in-house engineers.

Tri-Tech can boast the highest concentration of Objet trained service engineers for desktop systems within Europe, making them well placed to respond to customers’ operational needs quickly, efficiently and with the minimum of downtime or disruption. With more than 15 years experience within the 3D printing and rapid prototyping industry, Tri-Tech has been responsible for the installation and maintenance of almost 100 Objet systems throughout the UK to date.

For more information, visit: www.tri-tech.net or www.objet.com

It’s easy to think that perfectly restored teeth should simply be “a perfect set of pearly whites”. After all, aren’t all teeth bright white and regularly shaped? Far from it. In fact, creating precise dental restorations that look and fit like natural teeth is particularly challenging.

But, in the past few years it has become easier, due to the use of digital technologies – primarily digital scanning, processing software and 3D printing.

Albensi Laboratories, a leading dental laboratory located near Pittsburgh, PA, was among the first to recognize that 3D printing could enable it to produce high-quality restorations in significantly less time. In December 2010, it started using an Objet Eden350V 3D Printer to print models based on digital dental impressions created from intra-oral scans of patients’ mouths.

Accurate dental models in less than half the time
The move to digital dentistry, with Objet 3D printing, has enabled Albensi to improve the accuracy and quality of its dental restorations. An additional advantage of digital dentistry has enabled the laboratory to take on more business, without adding staff.

Albensi now provides its customers with precise, true-fit restorations in 2-3 days, instead of 5-7 days. Instead of laborously pouring models by hand, Albensi now sets its Objet Eden350V 3D Printer to print models overnight, unattended.

Don R. Albensi, C.D.T., the owner of Albensi Laboratories, says that using the Objet 3D printer has transformed the lab workflow and it has brought similarly dramatic benefits to the lab’s customers. “Now, prior to the patient coming in, the dentist can examine the die and check the marginal integrity of the case as well as the contacts, which are two major areas that dentists have to deal with when fitting restorations,” says Albensi. “It normally took about 5 to 7 days to produce a restoration. We’ve developed it now to a digital workflow that we can create restorations within 2 to 3 days…The first model printed I’ll never forget… I was amazed at the quality.”

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/industries/dental or www.albensilab.com

Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, announced today that the 3D printing materials it released in the first half of 2011 are now available on additional Objet 3D printing platforms and in more territories.

Objet VeroWhitePlus, a new rigid white material with enhanced dimensional stability, is now available worldwide for all Objet 3D printers. Objet VeroClear, a new rigid, water-clear transparent material, is now available for all Objet Eden and Connex 3D printers. Finally, Objet ABS-like Digital Material (RGD5160-DM), a composite material for simulating ABS-grade engineering plastics, is now available for all Objet Connex 3D printers, including the new compact, multi-material Objet260 Connex.

The ABS-like Digital Material was recently used to print a fully-functioning skateboard deck and a folding stool sitting 48 cm (19 inches) off the ground and able to sustain over 100kg in weight.

Commenting on the new material availability, Zehavit Reisin, Head of Consumables Line of Business at Objet said, "By widening our material availability to additional platforms and regions we are constantly enhancing the prototyping capabilities for all our customers on all our platforms, both new and old."

With the new materials introduced in the first half of 2011, the number of Objet 3D printing materials is brought to a total of 65, including 51 composite materials (Digital Materials). Objet 3D printing materials are suitable for a wide range of rapid prototyping purposes, from realistic product visualization all the way to advanced functional verification.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/3D-Printing-Materials







Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, today launched a new Bio-Compatible 3D printing material (MED610™). According to Objet, the material combines bio-compatibility with high dimensional stability and clear transparency. This makes it useful for PMMA simulation and a wide range of medical and dental applications - particularly the production of highly accurate, customized surgical guides.

Dr. Stan Brodie, Specialist in Digital Implant Planning and Surgical Guides at iDent, and a user of Objet 3D printing technology, comments, "The accuracy and fine detail of Objet 3D-printed surgical guides guarantee surgeons a consistently high level of precision that's unmatched by manual processes. The new Bio-Compatible material now introduces further benefits to the process with improved transparency, making it easier to monitor underlying soft tissue during dental procedures."

Avi Cohen, Head of Medical Solutions at Objet adds, "Objet invests significantly in R&D in order to proactively meet the requirements of our customers. The advanced mechanical properties of the new Bio-Compatible material, including its clear transparency bring benefits to the entire medical and dental workflow - from surgical planning through to the procedure itself."

The new Objet Bio-Compatible material is ideal for prolonged skin contact of over 30 days and mucosal-membrane contact of up to 24 hours. It has five medical approvals according to the harmonized standard ISO 10993-1: Cytotoxicity, Genotoxicity, Delayed Type Hypersensitivity, Irritation and USP Plastic Class VI.* MED610 is also manufactured under the ISO 13485:2003 certification, which specifies that each and every batch of the material undergoes bio-compatibility conformity testing, including GC-FID before it is packaged. This ensures the highest bio-compatible standards for medical and dental application requirements.

MED610 is the second material the company has created specifically for dental and medical applications. It joins the company's original Objet VeroDent material, currently used extensively by dental labs worldwide in the digital dental process.

The Bio-Compatible material can be used on all Objet Connex and Eden 3D printers and is available for purchase immediately. Existing customers can use this material following a software upgrade.

*Biological Testing: Parts printed by Objet according to Objet MED610 Use and Maintenance Terms (DOC-08242) were evaluated for biocompatibility in accordance with standard DIN EN ISO 10993-1: 2009, Biological evaluation of medical devices-Part 1: Evaluation and Testing within a risk management process. This addresses cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, delayed hypersensitivity, and USP plastic Class VI which includes the test for irritation, acute systemic toxicity and implantation.

DISCLAIMER: It is the responsibility of the Customer and its respective customers and end-users to determine the biocompatibility of all the component parts and materials used in its finished products for their respective purposes, including in relation to prolonged skin contact (of more than 30 days) and short-term mucosal-membrane contact (up to 24 hours). Results may vary if different conditions apply than those existing at Objet Ltd.'s ("Objet")  laboratories at testing time and those that applied for the purposes of the evaluation of biological testing specified in 2009, Biological evaluation of medical devices-Part 1: Evaluation and Testing within a risk management process. Customer acknowledges the contents of this document and that Objet parts, materials, and supplies are subject to its standard terms and conditions identified at http://www.objet.com/termsandconditions/  which are incorporated herein by reference.

Objet does not guarantee the final release and availability of materials, products and/or features referred to herein. Materials will be released subject to Objet's sole discretion. Not all released materials are currently available for all platforms / systems. Objet will update its website further as releases become available and/or compatible with specific platforms/systems.

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/3D-Printing-Materials/Overview/Bio-Compatible

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