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Objet Ltd. has added 39 new Digital Materials for use with its Connex range of multi-material 3D printing systems, bringing the total number of available materials to 107. The materials range from rigid to rubber-like substances in terms of texture, standard to ABS-grade engineering plastic in terms of toughness, and from transparent to opaque in terms of clarity and shades.
Digital Materials are multi-phase composites derived by mixing primary Objet materials. According to the company, this enables designers, engineers and manufacturers to simulate precise material properties to closely resemble their intended end-product with increased realism. Objet Connex multi-material 3D printers enable users to combine as many as 14 of these materials at the same time in a single model.
Can Additive Manufacturing Increase Milling Feed Rates?
With PCD tooling, yes it can. The diamond cutting edges demand a large number flutes to realize their full effectiveness. Traditional methods for making cutter bodies limit the number of flutes, but 3D printing is delivering tools with higher flute density and other enhancements as well.