World’s first 3D-printer Objet500 Connex3 was launched on 28 January 2014. The printer was manufactured by the USA based company Stratasys, the owner of the MarkBot range of printers.
Object500 Connex3 is the world's first 3D printer that can produce multi-colour, multi-material objects at the same time. It will be commercially available in the second quarter of 2014 and will cost around 330000 dollars.
It enables users to get exact intended colour, material properties and surface finish as conceptualized.
The printer uses three different base resins and 10 colour palettes and can craft a variety of objects like a pair of sports goggles, flexible shoes, headphones, a blender and even multi-colored football and bike helmets.
It is touted to be better than the 3D printer the ProJet 5500X which was unveiled by Stratasys’s rival 3D Systems. ProJet 5500X offers a smaller range of colours: black, white, and certain shades of grey.
However, since the size of the printer is large, it is mainly targeted toward major corporations and high-end designers.