Shapeways x Stratasys Collaboration: What this means for you

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Shapeways, a commercial 3D printing company, recently announced their new collaboration with Stratasys. Stratasys is a company committed to advancing 3D technology by partnering with others and helping turn their ideas into reality. As a team, Shapeways x Stratasys, are revolutionizing consumer 3D printing opportunities. Heres what that means for you …

New Printers

Shapeways design team will soon have access to Stratasys’ unparalleled suite of 3D printers — including their J750. This highly-advanced machine is the only multi-material printer, capable of printing up to 6 materials at a time. That means realistic color mapping, texture variability, and overall better, bolder prints! Bring it on!

Stratasys’ innovative J750 printer, which can print up to 6 different materials and over 500,000 color combinations — whoa! [Photo courtesy of Shapeways]

Stratasys’ innovative J750 printer, which can print up to 6 different materials and over 500,000 color combinations — whoa! [Photo courtesy of Shapeways]

New Communication Tools

Lets face it, science can be confusing. Jargon-filled literature might as well be a foreign language, and — whether it be an intergalactic nebula or hemoglobin protein— many people can’t easily the visualize science-y things they read about. Scientists and communicators (and Science Communicators) rely on tools to help communicate the things we cannot see.

Stratasys J750’s ability to print multiple colors at once opens doors to color shading, highlighting, and gradients. 3D printed models will take a more realistic, lifelike appearance, or be used to emphasize certain structures. For example, prints can combine transparent and colored filaments to showcase certain protein structures, or highlight anatomical parts. 3D prints can also better recreate organisms from the ocean, using hyperrealistic colors, rather than the single-color caricatures we could create in the past.

Biologic Models founder uses Stratasys J750 to produce multicolor protein models [Photo courtesy of Shapeways]

Biologic Models founder uses Stratasys J750 to produce multicolor protein models [Photo courtesy of Shapeways]

New Possibilities

The Shapeways x Stratasys collab opens doors for communicators, entrepreneurs, and consumers, alike. Joining Stratasys’ technology and engineering with Shapeways platform, it will become easier, cheaper, and faster to transform creative ideas into tangible objects. Designers and pseudo-designers can really rev up the quality of objects they sell on Shapeways’ marketplace, as well.

Stay Tuned …

While these two 3D printing powerhouses finalize logistics of their collaboration, printing with Stratasys’ J750 remains restricted to select Shapeways customers. Stay tuned for a full launch coming in 2019.

For more information, visit https://business.shapeways.com/J750