Stratasys Inks Agreement with Pantone

Under terms of the agreement, Stratasys now becomes a 3D printing solutions provider with technology officially designated as PANTONE Validated.

Under terms of the agreement, Stratasys now becomes a 3D printing solutions provider with technology officially designated as PANTONE Validated.

The Stratasys J750 and J735 are the first 3D printing offerings fully endorsed by Pantone as meeting the standards of color quality and realism, according to Stratasys. Image courtesy of Business Wire.

Stratasys has unveiled a new agreement with Pantone, provider of professional color standards in multiple vertical industries. Under terms of the agreement, Stratasys now becomes a 3D printing solutions provider with technology officially designated as PANTONE Validated, reflecting the qualification and approval to simulate Pantone Matching System (PMS) colors on printed objects, Stratasys reports.

Both Stratasys J750 and J735 PolyJet 3D printers are endorsed by Pantone as meeting the PANTONE Validated standards of color quality and realism. Backed by this substantiation, these PolyJet solutions are aligned to meet the stringent requirements of design studios as they synchronize the design-to-manufacturing process. The agreement allows for simple and accurate color communication between designers, modelers and manufacturers—with “choose-and-print” color-matching to Pantone identities.

Two 3D printing solutions for designers, both J750 and J735, offer better product design through faster iterations, advanced design options and creation of final models that match shapes, colors, material appearance, finish and complex graphic design elements. This new validation enables Stratasys to offer thousands of printable and globally-recognized Pantone Colors, ensuring all contributors to the design process are speaking the same language, potentially reducing iterations, shrinking design cost, and speeding time-to-revenue.

“Designers work hard to build realistic prototypes in ways that speed design, build and development cycles. Unfortunately, typical approaches of manually painting each and every model is time consuming,” says Hadas Schragenheim, rapid prototyping manager, Stratasys. “Our agreement with Pantone sets the stage for a revolution in design and prototype processes. As the industry’s first 3D printers officially 'PANTONE Validated,' we’re allowing designers to build realistic prototypes faster than ever before—shrinking design-to-prototype and accelerating product time-to-market.”

The goal, according to the companies, is that Stratasys customers can access Pantone functionality directly within the GrabCAD Print environment by July 2019—assigning and applying colors to 3D printed models by browsing the relevant Pantone book.

“Pantone maintains a relentless focus on providing physical and digital design solutions that are aligned with the way modern designers work. Given the innovative applications of 3D printing in design, prototyping and production workflows, Stratasys is a natural partner-of-choice,” says Iain Pike, director of Partner Business Development for Pantone. “Together, we’re ensuring designers and manufacturers can leverage advanced 3D Printing technologies to create the most vibrant and color-correct 3D printed prototypes the market has ever seen—and with confidence that simulated Pantone colors reflect the design intent.”

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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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