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Stratasys Introduces J55 PolyJet 3D Printer – An Affordable Solution to Produce Full-Colour Parts

J55 PolyJet™ 3D Printer
Design-to-print workflow simplified with KeyShot and SOLIDWORKS integration
J55 PolyJet™ 3D Printer
Above: The office-friendly Stratasys J55 PolyJet™ 3D printer makes full-colour, high-fidelity realism affordable for design teams everywhere/Image Credit: Stratasys Ltd.

In a bid to help designers and team across the world to easily access full-colour products, Stratasys Ltd., one of the world’s leading 3D printer manufacturers, introduced J55 PolyJet™ 3D printer. This 3D printer provides an affordable solution to users to rapidly manufacture full-colour parts.

Speaking at the launch, Tony Guard – Director of Innovation and Industrial Design at Cincinnati-based Kinetic Vision said, “There is no way to validate 2D designs without a realistic 3D model, it’s simply not possible. My jaw dropped when I saw what the machine could do. We can validate products faster with form, colour, finish, graphics, and everything. We can offer our clients tangible 3D-printed models that represent a final retail product, faster than we ever could before. I’d love the J55 to be our secret strategic advantage, but I don’t think it will be a secret for long.”

Kinetic Vision develops products for Startups to Fortune 50 companies in industries ranging from consumer electronics and packaged goods to aerospace and medical and has been deemed an “essential business” and has been open through the pandemic.

J55 PolyJet™ 3D Printer

J55 PolyJet™ 3D Printer
Above: The office-friendly Stratasys J55 PolyJet™ 3D printer makes full-colour, high-fidelity realism affordable for design teams everywhere/Image Credit: Stratasys Ltd.

The J55 PolyJet™ 3D Printer features a maximum build volume size of 1,340 cubic inches (22 litres) and takes up a mere 4.6 sq. ft. (.43 m2) of floor space. The five-material capacity (plus support material) means operators can load their most frequently used resins and avoid downtime associated with material changeovers. The set-up is easy and capable of remote monitoring of print jobs.

It is a smaller printer but equally capable complement to the Stratasys J8 series for enterprise shops. The J55 PolyJet™ 3D Printer supports the full design process with same day send-to-print and minimal post-processing. It provides the same exceptional resolution and detail as J8-series 3D printers, with models matching the shape, material, colour and finish of final products.

The J55 PolyJet™ 3D printer is priced at one-third the price of enterprise-class PolyJet™ printers. It combines realism and productivity, including high fidelity and five simultaneously printed materials that enable nearly 500,000 colours, PANTONE™ Validation, realistic textures and transparency in one printed part.

New Innovations

Stratasys has brought in many new features to the J55. It features a patented rotating build platform with a fixed print head. This features helps in maximizing reliability and simplifying maintenance.

The J55 PolyJet™ 3D Printer is quiet in its operation and can be as quiet as a home refrigerator. This clubbed with ProAero™ filtration technology for odour-free operation, the J55 is perfect for placing anywhere.

According to Omer Krieger – Executive Vice President of Products at Stratasys, “We developed this innovative new 3D printer to truly transform the product development process for product designers and engineers everywhere. Not only does the J55 fit the budget of virtually any product design team, but the quality of the parts you can 3D print are best in class. It’s so simple that anyone can set it up and use it, and it’s so quiet you’ll forget its running.”

GrabCAD Print, KeyShot and SOLIDWORKS

J55 PolyJet™ 3D Printer
Above: Design-to-print workflow simplified with KeyShot and SOLIDWORKS integration/Image Credit: Stratasys Ltd.

Stratasys has prioritised workflow simplification for designers. The J55 PolyJet™ 3D Printer fully supports GrabCAD Print™ software thus it enables a smooth importing of CAD files from leading software like SOLIDWORKS, CATIA™, PTC Creo®, Siemens NX, Inventor®.

The latest 3MF file format has significant improvement over the popular and traditionally used STL, OBJ, and VRML files.

And for the first time, Stratasys is also adding support for 3MF colour workflow with KeyShot® 3D rendering software from Luxion Inc., a capability now in beta and planned for late 2020.

Tim Greene, a research director for 3D printing at global research firm IDC, said, “It’s clear that the product design process needs to change for today’s world, where disruption is always around the corner. “We know that the risk and time involved with traditional prototyping simply doesn’t work anymore, yet there’s no room for compromise on design. Designers can and should do a lot more prototyping in-house, from initial concept modelling to highly realistic final prototypes. It’s just been a matter of bringing enterprise quality to a design shop’s price point and workspace. And now we’re there.”

Built as a smaller but equally capable complement to the Stratasys J8 series for enterprise shops, the J55 PolyJet™ 3D Printer supports the full design process with same day send-to-print and minimal post-processing. It provides the same exceptional resolution and detail as J8-series 3D printers, with models matching the shape, material, colour and finish of final products.

Enterprise-Quality Design Realism

J55 PolyJet™ 3D Printer
Above: J55 PolyJet™ 3D Printer offers full-colour part realism/Image Credit: Javelin Tech

The J55 PolyJet™ 3D Printer gives designers full CMF (colour, material, finish) capabilities. It leverages high-performance PolyJet materials, including a full range of textures, transparency with VeroClear (VeroUltraClear availability later in 2020), X-Rite-based colour profiles and PANTONE Validated™ colour – offering a universal language of colour that ensures reliable, realistic decision-making across every stage of the design process.

To experience the power of the J55 PolyJet™ 3D Printer, Register for the real-time live broadcast from the Stratasys Asia office scheduled at May 13th 12 noon Hong Kong Time.

The J55 PolyJet™ 3D Printer is expected to ship in July 2020 and orders are being taken now.


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