3D Printer manufacturer Stratasys today announced the launch of a 'game changing' product that promises to make prototyping much faster. The Objet500 is the world's first colour multi-material 3D Printer and the US firm hope that this innovation will manufacturers evaluate designs much earlier in the production process and that by doing so, will enable products to come to market much faster.


Wisconsin based company Trek Bicycle have already started using the product to assess new products such as handlebar grips and chain guards, before committing to large production runs. The ability to combine colours and use flexible materials has proven effective for the US based firm who note that it has "changed the way the manufacture, augmenting time consuming CNC processes with fast, iterative and realistic prototyping and functional testing".

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