Accelerating innovation with new Stratasys packaging and research prototyping solutions

Revealed on the same day as their new PolyJet 3D Printers, Stratasys also released two software offerings alongside them – the Packaging Software Solution and a Research Software Solution that enables the production of visually appealing prototypes for the consumer market and accelerate innovation in the laboratory respectively.

Packaging Visual Prototypes You Won’t Believe Are 3D Printed

Packaging can’t just sit on the shelf. It doesn’t just have to be noticed. It has to speak to that consumer in a very specific way.Tony Guard, Kinetic Vision

The new packaging solution allows designers to accelerate their design process and time to market with hyper-realistic packaging prototypes.

Using an all-digital workflow, complex, high-transparency, full-color, high-fidelity packaging prototypes that accurately simulate final packaging can be produced with realistic color combinations, textures, transparency, and flexibility.Retail drink concept that came to fruition in just 2 weeks, from design to full-color prototype.

This includes the ability to print simulated glass bottles and add “labels” with sharp text and images that meet 2D graphics labeling standards.

Furthermore, designers can incorporate simulated products or fillings, like cosmetics, makeup, or liquids, for the ultimate in realistic rapid prototyping.

With such realistic-looking prototypes, it’s hard to believe they’re not the real thing.

The Packaging software solution is accessible through GrabCAD Print and is compatible with Stratasys J8 Prime, Stratasys J7 Series, and Stratasys J55 Prime 3D printers. 

Accelerate Innovation with PolyJet technology

The Research Software Solution is geared towards innovators, researchers, and entrepreneurs who want increased flexibility over the print process to explore, experiment, and accelerate innovation in the lab.

Innovators can print with air voids and liquid or embed an object into a print using the new solution and truly pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

Robot that was 3D printed using a combination of materials, both rigid and fluid.

The challenge has always been how to get liquid inside the intricate inner channels that are only hundreds of microns big.

With the ability to 3D print across a variety of materials, including air and liquid, my lab has been able to create soft robots with very advanced functionalities.

Dr. MacCurdy, assistant professor of robotics and systems design at the University of Colorado

There is also the capability of using this extended set of materials and capabilities to experiment with 4D printing – the process by which a 3D printed object undergoes a transformation due to the influence of another material or outside element.

Combined with GrabCAD Voxel Print, software users can define the data volumetrically for each 3D voxel throughout the entire model. This advanced level of control at a microscopic scale enables higher resolutions, fine-tuned color placement, and shore value transitions within one part, and push the limits of additive manufacturing.

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