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Nov 9, 2011

Objet Launches High Temperature Material Combining Thermal Functionality with Outstanding Dimensional Stability

Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing has announced today the commercial availability of a new High Temperature Material (RGD525), available for use on Objet Connex500 and Eden500V 3D printers. The High Temperature Material is capable of simulating the thermal performance of engineering plastics and provides outstanding dimensional stability for static 3D models and prototypes. Objet plans to make the High Temperature Material available on additional platforms during 2012.

The High Temperature Material (RGD525) follows Objet's launch of Bio-Compatible material (MED610) in September and transparent VeroClear, VeroWhitePlus and ABS-like Digital Material in April 2011.

According to Zehavit Reisin, Head of Consumables Line of Business for Objet, "We are very excited to release the latest addition to our growing range of materials for simulating engineering plastics. The High Temperature Material allows our customers to perform genuine thermal functional testing of 3D printed parts and prototypes. The models created in this material are more resilient in diverse environmental conditions, whether in transit or under strong exhibition lighting. At this year's EuroMold - World Fair for Moldmaking and Tooling, Design and Application Development show in Frankfurt, Germany - visitors will be able to see both the High Temperature Material and ABS-like Digital Material being used in an impressive array of industry applications."

The High Temperature material produces 3D models and prototypes combining high thermal functionality with outstanding dimensional stability. The material's temperature resistance makes it highly beneficial for thermal testing of static parts such as hot air-flow or hot water-flow in taps and faucets. When jetted off the Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer, the High Temperature Material can be simultaneously printed with Objet's Tango family of rubber-like materials to simulate over-molded parts such as air-flow vents used in automotive, defense and household appliances.

The new Objet High Temperature Material (RGD525) has a Heat Deflection Temperature (HDT at 0.45MPa) of 65 degrees C (149 degrees F) out of the printer and 80 degrees C (176 degrees F) after a short oven-based, post-thermal treatment. With these new additions, the number of Objet 3D printing materials is brought to a total of 68, including 51 composite materials (Digital Materials), enabling a wide range of rapid prototyping usages, from realistic product visualization to advanced functional testing.