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Unique 3D Printed Color Multi-Material Fashion Collection Produced Using Objet500 Connex3 3D Printer

MINNEAPOLIS and REHOVOT, Israel, March 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

South African designer unveils Garden of Eden fashion collection created using world's only  3D printing technology to combine color and multi-material 3D printing capabilities

Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), a manufacturer of 3D printers and materials for personal use, prototyping and production, today announced that South African designer and engineer, Michaella Janse van Vuuren, has created a unique collection of color, multi-material 3D printed fashion pieces using Stratasys' new Objet500 Connex3 3D Printer. Van Vuuren's collection features a "Stained Glass" corset, "Classic Serpent" shoes and belt, along with a range of "Fish-in-Coral" bracelets - most pieces 3D printed in a single print run, in a range of unprecedented color and material combinations.

     (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140314/674731-a )      (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140314/674731-b )      (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140314/674731-c )      (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140314/674731-d )      (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140314/674731-e )

"The ability to combine rigid and flexible materials in one piece is something that is so rare, and  introducing color into the process inspires us creatives to think in a whole new way," says van Vuuren.

Inspired by the Garden of Eden story, van Vuuren's latest collection demonstrates a world where Eve is the master of the serpent, preventing the fall of paradise and any punishment upon her descendants - a role reversal to the original parable. "In this depiction, the woman is free, powerful, and in full control. She can be anyone she wants to be, the author of her own destiny," explains van Vuuren.

Stained Glass Corset

The Stained Glass corset depicts the flowers, berries and leaves of the forbidden tree in the Garden of Eden. In a bid to mirror the stained glass effect of a church window, van Vuuren together with Stratasys' Materials Engineer, Tal Ely, used a custom pallet consisting of three base materials: Stratasys' clear transparent and rubber-like materials, along with VeroMagenta to create the vivid pink and purple coloring. The corset is almost entirely comprised of PolyJet digital materials varying in different levels of flexibility and opacity, from the rigid transparent panes to soft colored parts. This ability to mix materials and colors on-the-fly to create new material properties and colors is a world first for 3D printing technology.

"The stained glass corset is a perfect representation of the advanced design and manufacturing capabilities of the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer," comments Arita Mattsoff, Vice President Marketing, Stratasys. "The complexity of this piece should not be underestimated - droplets of three different materials were combined enabling Michaella to not only produce flexible, rigid and color parts in one print, but also transparent attributes. Designers now have the power to create very complex structures made of different materials and colors never achievable before in one process."

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