3D Printing Finish: Color Resist
About dyeing with Color Resist
Color Resist is a dyeing finish achieved with the DyeMansion technology and most specifically with the DM 60 dyeing machine. This finish gives your 3D printed parts a matte look that resists friction. Thanks to the post-printing treatment procedure we follow before applying the Color Resist finish on your 3D parts, they get resistant enough to be exposed to external conditions and they resist scratching and rubbing. Moreover, you get a very stable and consistent color between different production batches, which is great if you need to produce an important amount of identical parts. The surface shows a uniform color, with a very good quality.
If your 3D printed white Nylon PA12 parts are meant to be exposed to external conditions for an extensive period of time, we recommend you to dye them with this finish so as to avoid the unwanted “yellowing” color alteration. Thanks to the Color Resist finish, your 3D printed parts become high quality finished products, with great longevity.
Parts that are colored with DyeMansion technology are skin-safe. In addition, the dye stuff and the additives allow us to achieve a high UV-resistance. Some of our customers’ colored products like 3D printed glasses have been used daily for more than two years and their colors are still UV-stable and brilliant. Thus, the Color Resist finish is a great choice if your part will often be exposed to UV light, and you want the color to remain stable over time.
a Germany-based company that offers a variety of high-volume finishing
systems for an easy ‘Print-to-Product’ workflow that transforms
raw 3D-printed parts into high-value consumer and industrial products.
With the ability to provide precision coloring and finish to the
most exact specifications, the DyeMansion technology is already
trusted by more than four-hundred customers, including leading
global manufacturers in diverse industries, such as eyewear, automotive,
retail, medical, and sports equipment. DyeMansion has quickly established
itself as the global leader in additive manufacturing finishing
systems, as it delivers high-volume production for anything from
luxury sunglasses to mission-critical automotive parts.
The process of dyeing with Color Resist finish goes as following:
Submerged in a water bath, the dye penetrates the plastic through a chemical reaction under pressure and heat. The penetration depth is typically 0.2 mm and can even be increased using our intensive color solution. No material is added and every surface is reached in the water bath.
This video shows the procedure of coloring your 3D printed parts with the DyeMansion DM 60 machine:
Dyeing with Color Resist finish at Sculpteo
At Sculpteo, you can apply the dyeing resist finish on:
Keep in mind that the final appearance and color availability is determined
by your raw material. Meaning that
white parts (coming from SLS technology)
allow for the whole color spectrum and build the base for our unique
color database. On the other hand
Grey parts (coming from HP Multi Jet Fusion technology)
are more limited on darkish tones .
Through our ordering platform , the available colors of the Color Resist finish you can apply on your Nylon PA 12 parts are: blue, black, red, green and orange. Though, if you want any of the following colors, you can contact our Sales Team for customizing your order: yellow, brown, pink, white, violet, navy, bordeaux, antracite and stone gray.
The only color of the Color Resist finish you can apply on your HP Multijet Fusion parts is black.
The maximum size for dyeing your models with the Color Resist finish is limited by the physical size of the dyeing tank of the DM 60 machine. Your designs must respect this maximum size in order to be dyed with Color Resist finish. There is no minimum size for dyeing with Color Resist finish.
Maximum size for dyeing HP Multijet Fusion PA12 plastic parts
284 x 350 x 350 mm
675 x 366 x 545 mm
Dyeing with Color Resist finish can extend the processing time by 1-3 days on average, which means:
Express production: unavailable.
Standard production: minimum 5 to 7 days on average.
Economy production: unavailable.
Technical aspects to keep in mind when applying Color Resist finish on a 3D printed part
The DyeMansion coloring solution is compatible with parts of every geometry. Even very filigrane or complex parts get through the coloring process without any problems. Submerged in a water bath, the dyestuff penetrates the plastic through a chemical reaction under pressure and heat. In this way the dye reaches spots that cannot be colored homogeneously with painting. Due to the chemical reaction that occurs between dye and material, the parts retain their geometric properties.
We advise you though, to avoid hollowing your 3D printed parts, as they might float inside the tank and not be colored homogeneously. In addition, engraved parts with small depth of carving are likely to get filled with ceramic powder during the procedure of sandblasting that the parts go through. If an engraving is an essential part of your design we recommend making them as deep as possible so that they will be able to be cleaned out. To ensure a better powder removal (thus a better detail visibility), the width of your details must be at least as big as deep.
Why should you apply Color Resist finish to your 3D printed plastic parts
Color Resist finish gives your 3D printed plastic parts a matte look with a very good quality. Neither raw or shiny, your object’s surface is homogeneously colored so that the part gets a uniform and matte look. Color Resist is the ideal finish to apply on objects that you want to expose to external conditions, as it is particularly resistant to scratching, friction and abrasion. Last but not least, this finishing option is skin-safe, UV resistant and the color between different production batches remains the same, which is great if you need to produce an important amount of identical parts.
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