Recently, Matrix purchased an Objet30 3D printer for our mold design & engineering department. The majority of our work is in developing and producing complex medical components. 70% of our customers are medical device OEM’s who rely on us to help bring their cutting-edge products from concept to reality, and the R&D phase is an especially critical time for them. We chose the Objet30 because of its capability to print the kind of high-quality, finely detailed models we work with every day. A picture is worth a thousand words, but holding a sample part in your hand puts a picture to shame.
This printer’s rapid prototyping capability allows us to offer our customers yet another value-added service. Our designers can test out their concepts before time and money are invested in production tooling. But another benefit of having this additive manufacturing technology in-house is that it gives our employees on the floor the opportunity to experiment with ideas of how to make things better, faster and more economically.
The Objet30 model features an extra-wide build tray of 300 x 200 x 150mm with a net-build size of 294 x 192.7 x 148.6 mm and a layer thickness of 0.0011 in. A range of 5 printing materials, varying in physical and mechanical properties (strength and flexibility), are available in a choice of 4 colors.