Stratasys, the owner of MaketBot printers, has unveiled the world’s first multi-material full-colour 3D printer.
The Objet500 Connex3 features triple-jetting technology, which combines droplets of three base materials, reducing the need for separate print runs and painting.
Costing around $330,000 (£200,000), the printer can make multi-material objects in hundreds of colours.
“The Objet500 Connex3 lets you incorporate as many as 46 colours into one prototype, from true jet black to sunny yellow to shocking magenta and hundreds of beautiful blended hues,” said Stratasys.
The base materials are rubber and plastic, but they can be combined and treated to create end products of widely varying flexibility and rigidity, transparency and opacity.