April 6, 2017
Proto Labs Inc. has added PolyJet technology to its industrial 3D printing service. PolyJet provides the ability to manufacture elastomeric and overmolded prototypes without investing in tooling.
Product developers can leverage PolyJet to create 3D-printed parts comprised of elastomeric and rigid materials as well as multiple colors. Its material selection includes multiple Shore A hardnesses of tear-resistant Agilus 30 for increased durability. PolyJet parts exhibit smooth surface finishes and can support complex geometries with flexible features.
Like other 3D printing processes, PolyJet builds parts layer-by-layer. The machine jets out droplets of liquid photopolymers onto the build platform where they are immediately UV cured. Once the build is complete, support structures are removed, and the parts are ready without the need for additional finishing.
Proto Labs’ 3D printing service now includes four technologies: stereolithography, selective laser sintering, direct metal laser sintering, and PolyJet. The company’s software and digital approach to manufacturing allows customers to upload a 3D CAD file of their design at protolabs.com, receive an instant quote and have 3D- printed parts in hand within days.
For more information, visit Proto Labs.
Sources: Press materials received from the company.