The 3D printing industry has taken off with new innovations that show promise for the field service industry. Recently, Stratasys, the largest producer of 3D printers, announced the release of the first 3D printer that can print in multiple colors and materials in a single build: the Stratasys Objet500 Connex3. The printer, available since January, costs a hefty $330,000 and is intended to help businesses create large, complex parts quickly. During a press event earlier this year at SolidWorks 2014, representatives from Stratasys and bicycle company Trek showed off the printer’s ability to spit out rubber and plastic handlebars, bicycle seats and helmets.
“Lots of companies are showing 3D printers with all kinds of crazy things, printing candy, all this kind of stuff,” Bruce Bradshwa, Stratasys director of marketing, said about the products at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. “But the folks in the professional end of the market were making comments like, ‘[Stratasys] is the only company that we can see at this show that’s actually talking about what we’re trying to get done on the manufacturing and production side.'”
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