This month Stratasys announced that their PolyJet J735/J750 successfully passed the rigorous requirements required to make it the world’s first and only PANTONE validated 3D printer. Designers and manufacturers around the world are rejoicing! This changes the game for 3D printing as design and prototype colors can now be matched with 100% specificity, making the process from concept to final product even more accurate.
What is PANTONE?
The PANTONE language is a universal color code which is not limited by CMYK or RGB color combinations and bridges the gap for designers and manufacturers. It assigns each color with a code to ensure you are talking about the same shade. Imagine trying to describe the exact shade of navy blue that matches your logo; you have an RGB value from your computer monitor, but your manufacturer has to mix cans of paint together. Working with multiple mediums, color languages and production processes can create a multitude of variations for something as simple as the color of the finished product. It can be exceedingly difficult and slow down production time, especially when the color needs to be exact.
PANTONE coding was created to solve this problem. The Pantone Matching System (PMS) is the leading global standard for color matching. There are specific requirements within PMS that must be met in order to become PANTONE validated. Stratasys has met all of these PMS requirements with the technology in their J735/J750 printer allowing it to be the only 3D printer that is PANTONE validated.
Click and Print
The J750 (and smaller J735) PolyJet 3D printers are known for being the most versatile when it comes to creating prototypes that require a wider range of colors and realism. The ability to print in more colors and textures is what makes these printers stand out. Adding PANTONE verification to a printer that can already print over 500,000 colors creates an unparalleled workflow for matching design creativity with color accuracy. It is as simple as selecting the PANTONE shade you want and clicking print. Finally, design and prototype are an exact match.
Calibrate Existing Colors
Consistency is crucial in prototyping and mass production. Combining PANTONE with 3D printing allows the user to calibrate existing colors to ensure that what is being printed is the exact shade needed. By calibrating the color you see in front of you with a PANTONE code, you are able to replicate the color even without the design file.
Stratasys has changed everything by partnering with PANTONE for 3D printing. Now that exact color matching is possible, it's hard to go back to older standards. The Stratasys J-Series continues to revolutionize 3D printing capabilities. One small step for 3D printing, one giant leap for manufacturing.