The interestingly-named Purple Platypus at Booth No. 3409 is not exactly what one would expect to see at a helicopter convention, but the Stratasys 3D printer certainly represents the latest technology. Purple Platypus is a distributor for Stratasys, manufacturer of what it says is the world’s first color and multi-material 3D printer, the Objet500 Connex 3.
Astro-Med (Booth No. 2093) is unveiling its new ToughWriter 5 flight-deck printer for business and regional jets. The new printer is the world’s smallest Arinc 744A flight-deck printer, measuring 7.3 inches deep and weighing less than nine pounds. Print quality is 300 by 600 DPI and speed is up to five seconds per page. The printer features built-in WiFi.