Rehovot, Israel – Objet Geometries Ltd. announced that its revolutionary Connex500™ system has been recognized with the red dot award (www.red-dot.de), one of the highest and most coveted honors for product design and innovation worldwide. The Connex500™ is the first-ever system to allow printing of several materials with different mechanical and physical properties simultaneously.
An international jury comprised of renowned designers and design experts evaluated more than 3,200 entries from 51 different countries and deemed the Connex500™ worthy of the distinction associated with this 53-year-old honor. The award is given by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Germany, one of Europe’s most highly reputed design institutions. It recognizes outstanding and trendsetting design quality worldwide through assessment of the degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics, longevity, ecological compatibility and clarity of function.
Objet’s Connex500™ represents a breakthrough in three-dimensional printing by, for the first time, offering product developers the ability to print parts and assemblies made of several materials with different mechanical and physical properties in a single build process. The system’s patented PolyJet Matrix™ Technology jets materials in ultra-thin layers, immediately curing each layer with UV light, a process which yields models that closely emulate the look, feel and function of an exceptionally wide variety of end products. In addition, the system allows users to create composite materials that have pre-set combinations of mechanical properties, also a first for the industry. The Connex500™ was unveiled in November 2007.
Objet will formally receive its award on June 23, 2008 at the annual red dot awards gala at the Essen Aalto-Theater in Germany among an estimated 1,200 guests from the fields of design, the arts, business and politics. The Connex500™ system will also be on display, along with this year’s other award-winning products, from June 24 to July 27, 2008 at the red dot design museum. Located at the Zeche Zollverein World Cultural Heritage Site, the museum houses the largest permanent exhibition of contemporary design worldwide.
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