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Objet Geometries has released three materials: an ABS-like digital material (RGD5160-DM), a transparent material (Objet Veroclear) and the latest addition to the Objet Vero range (the Verowhiteplus).

With these new additions, the number of Objet 3D printing materials is brought to a total of 65, including 51 composite materials (digital materials) for a range of rapid-prototyping purposes, ranging from realistic product visualisation to advanced functional verification.

The Objet ABS-like digital material is a high-impact (65-80J/m or 1.22-1.50ft.lb/in), high-temperature-resistant (65C or 149F and after thermal post-treatment 90C or 194F) material that is suitable for manufacturers and engineers looking to functionally simulate products made of ABS-grade engineering plastics, including snap-fit parts, durable and moveable parts and products requiring drop testing.

The Objet Veroclear material provides clear optical and visual transparency combined with good dimensional stability, enabling designers to simulate PMMA in glass-like applications such as lighting cases, lenses and cosmetics containers, according to the company.

The Objet Verowhiteplus all-round general-purpose material that was recently released for Objet’s desktop range of 3D printers is now available for the Objet Eden professional line of 3D printers and the Objet Connex line of multi-material 3D printers.

The Objet Verowhiteplus is suitable for fit-and-form testing for a range of industries and for validating model design.

Maximilian Loerzel, managing director for Schroeter, a German service bureau, said: ‘Both the ABS-like material and the clear transparent material are exactly what we, in the automotive industry, are looking for and are essential for the rapid prototyping of our show car.

‘The ABS-like material, with its heat resistance, toughness and flexibility, is well suited to simulating outdoor applications, while the clear transparent material arrived just in time for the automotive lighting revolution, enabling us to simulate Plexiglass final parts, including light guides, lamps, display panels and more,’ he added.

‘Thanks to Objet’s Connex500 with the new digital materials, we are able to accelerate the production of ABS-like parts by up to 50 per cent,’ said Michael Ruckner, head of the CAD/CAM rapid-prototyping department at Volke Entwicklungsring.

Gary Miller, head of rapid prototyping at IPF, a service bureau in the UK, added: ‘I can see huge potential for the new Objet Veroclear material particularly within the consumer electronics sector.

‘During the beta testing, we had great success producing clear screens, casings and housings for electronics.

‘The new clear material allows LED lights to be easily seen within the casings and housings,’ he said.

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