When: Wednesday afternoon, 3:00 pm
Where: 2 Holtzman Street, Rehovot
Who: Igal Zeitun, VP Product Marketing; Gilad Bet-Halevi, Regional Manager for Africa and Selected Countries in the Middle East
Objet is a leading provider of high quality, cost effective inkjet-based 3D printing systems and materials. A global company, Objet has offices in North America, Europe, Japan, China, Hong Kong, and India.
Objet’s 3D printing systems and 3D printing materials are ideal for any company involved in the manufacture or design of physical products using 3D software or other 3D content. Companies using Objet’s solutions can be typically found in sectors such as consumer goods & electronics, aerospace & defense, automotive, education, dental, medical and medical devices, architecture, industrial machinery, footwear, sporting goods, toys and service bureaus. (company website)
When I first heard about Objet, I was a little confused about what they do. Do they print on regular sheets of paper, just the ink appears in 3D, like a 3D movie? And would you need special glasses to read what they print? After a little explaining and then some discussion (I never saw the video clip but I heard about it) and then Justine’s report about the company I kind of got the picture. But hearing about it could not compare to actually seeing it in person. It was probably the most amazing place we visited.
Objet’s printers print objects! And, I must add, in exquisite detail. It is a cost-effective way for a manufacturing company to produce a prototype. We saw some really amazing samples that were printed in-house. The miniature Eiffel Tower was incredibly detailed; the sneaker sole was printed with different types of rubber. The “Test Board” is sort of like a Windows test page to see if the printer is aligned properly. The test board contains a variety of shapes and positions with which to test the compatibility between the computer software and the printer.
Here’s a link to a video that demonstrates the capabilities of the Objet260 Connex Multi Material 3D Printer.
One of the coolest things they printed was a memento for each of us to take home. It’s a small little clear-colored object with a blue inscription:
Visit to Objet
(They got the year wrong but they must have printed them in advance of our visit, so it probably was 2011 when they printed it.) But the coolest thing about it are the 12 gears that are perfectly aligned with each other and turn simultaneously.
Here are pictures of some of their sample prototypes:
Some more photos:
A list of companies that have purchased Objet printers (photo credit: David)
An inside view of the print head (photo credit: Julie)