In December 2007, Objet Geometries announced its new PolyJet Matrix technology for creating rapid prototype models using multiple materials. The technology and the Connex500 RP system that uses it made its U.S. debut on the show floor at SolidWorks World 2008.
The system is yet another leap forward for the rapid prototyping industry by enabling the simultaneous jetting of multiple model materials in a single build process.
The system provides 600 x 600 dpi models in both the x and y axes, with model walls as little as 0.6mm. The company claims the highly precise printing delivers 0.3-mm tolerance across large models. There are up to 21 materials to choose from that deliver such features as translucent parts, the ability to coat parts for a rubber-like appearance and parts with combined rigid body and flexible material.
The machine is 55 x 44 inches wide and 44 inches high.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.