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news Stratasys adds colour to 3D printing

Additive building systems developer Stratasys is claiming a world first for its latest 3D printer, which offers the ability to print 3D parts combining colours and multiple materials. The Connex 3 Color Multi-material 3D

printer uses a novel triple-jetting technol- ogy that can be used to create parts with what it describes as “virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible and transparent coloured materials, as well as colour digital materials, all in a single print run.” The new system uses three colour

materials - VeroCyan, VeroMagenta and VeroYellow – which can be combined to create numerous different colours. Later

number of beta users, including US-based cycling equipment firm Trek. “The Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-

material 3D Printer changed the way we manufacture at Trek, augmenting our traditional, time-consuming CNC process- es with fast, iterative and realistic prototyping and functional testing,” said Mike Zeigle, manager of Trek’s prototype development group. Aside from the cosmetic benefit, the

this year, the company will also add six palettes for new rubber-like Tango colors, ranging from opaque to transparent in various Shore values. The new system has been trialled by a

ability to print in colour has been used by Trek’s engineers as an investigative tool to graphically display colour contact pressure map data on rider contact parts like seats and grips, he said. ❙

Nolato takes delivery of milestone EcoPower

At the end of last year Wittmann Battenfeld handed over the first EcoPower mould- ing machine to be built at its Hungarian production facility to Nolato.

Wittmann has been building

robots and temperature controllers at its Hungarian plant since 1997. The company equipped the facility for production of its EcoPower

servo-electric injection machines last year, with an initial capability to assemble around 200 a year.

The machine handed over to Nolato is a 180 tonne model People on the move

DuPont has named Jeffrey Sternberg global automotive technology director. Stern- berg is charged with steering the development of the company’s portfolio of advanced lightweight and renewable materials that aim

to help the automotive industry improve fuel efficiency and

lower CO2 emissions. Stern- berg joined DuPont in 1988 and most recently led photovoltaic materials development.

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Christoph Steger has been appointed chief sales officer at Austria-based machinery maker Engel with effect from the beginning of this year. Steger, a fourth-generation member of the Engel family, joined the company in 2012 and headed up its packaging business unit. He takes over the CSO role from Christian Pum, who worked in the Engel

INJECTION WORLD | January/February 2014 Christoph Steger

business for more than 20 years.

Robert Vaculik has been appointed to head up Kistler’s plastics strategic business in Europe from the beginning of this year. Vaculik is an expert

in plastics processing with more than 20 years of experience at companies including Montaplast and ITW Automotive Products. He takes over from Oliver Schnerr, who has relocated to Japan to head up Kistler’s Industrial Process Control business in Asia.

John M Deignan takes over the role of president of colour and additive specialist Americhem. An economics graduate with a long back- ground in commercial management, Deignan joins from Diebold.

that will be used at its medical moulding operation at Mosonmagyaróvár, where it already uses five Austrian- built EcoPower models. ❙

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