Folding stool printed on single print job

Rapid prototyping and 3d printing specialist, Objet has revealed details of a full size folding stool able to support more than 100Kg.

The stool was printed in a single print job using the company's ABS like digital material, RGD5160-DM, a new material which is jetted as a composite material on the Objet Connex multimaterial 3d printer. The folding stool sits 48cm off the ground and, according to Objet, has similar high dimensional stability, thermal resistance, and toughness as ABS grade engineering plastics, enabling it to repeatedly sustain the weight of a person. The Objet ABS like Digital Material It is said to be a high impact material (65-80J/m or 1.22-1.50ft lb/in), with high temperature resistance (65°C and after thermal post treatment 90°C). The material is designed for manufacturers and engineers looking to functionally simulate products made of ABS grade engineering plastics, including snap fit parts, durable and movable parts and products requiring drop testing. Gilad Gans, executive vice president at Objet said: "The folding stool is a demonstration of the unique possibilities available using Objet's multimaterial 3d printers including the new Objet260 Connex. Our technology represents the most effective way of functionally testing complex design ideas. Whether skateboards or folding stools, the prototypes that come out of Objet Connex 3d printers look like the real thing and also perform like the real thing. Not only can this stool carry the weight of a person, but it was actually printed in the fold up position in a single print job and then opened up upon removal from the printer to be used."