Use in PADT's rapid prototyping services business has shown two significant differentiators for the polyjet technology: the variety of materials available and the precision of the parts they make. Because the Polyjet systems use ink-jet printer heads, they lay down small droplets of photocurable material, allowing the resolution of each to be as precise as 600 dpi, and the layers themselves to be as thin as 16 microns. The same ink-jet technology also allows for the use of a wide variety of material. In fact, over 100 different materials can be made by mixing two different materials during the build. This allows materials that have the properties of ABS, Polypropylene, rubber, or transparent plastic. And materials can vary on a given layer or from layer to layer. Another set of ink-jet heads allow for the deposition of a water soluble support material, that is easily washed away to make the post processing of parts made on a Polyjet machine simple and fast.
These advantages fully compliment the advantages of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology developed by Stratasys, that PADT has been using and selling for almost a decade. Mario Vargas, manager of PADT's 3D Printer sales team said "We have been a user of Objet's polyjet technology in our services business for some time now, so when the merger of these two companies was announced, we already knew how complimentary these technologies were. We can truly now offer a solution that meets almost every prototyping need."
As 3D Printing emerges from the shadow of being an engineering tool to a mainstream product, PADT technical expertise, win-win sales approach, and long term commitment to the technology allow us to provide a valuable solution to our customers.
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