3D Printing Finish: Color Touch
About dyeing with Color Touch
Color Touch finish 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 satin look so that they
look like finished products. Thanks to the post-printing treatment
procedure we follow before applying the Color Touch finish on your
3D parts, they get resistant enough to be exposed to external conditions,
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 Touch 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.
is 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 Touch 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 Touch finish at Sculpteo
At Sculpteo, you can apply the dyeing Touch 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 Touch 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 Touch finish you can apply on your HP Multijet Fusion parts is black.
The maximum size for dyeing your models with the Color Touch 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 Touch finish. There is no minimum size for dyeing with Color Touch 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 Touch finish can extend the processing time of your 3D printed parts 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 Touch 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 Touch finish to your 3D printed plastic parts
Color Touch finish is a great choice to give a satin look to your 3D printed plastic
parts. The surface gets shiny and bright enough to be elegant.
Thus, Color Touch finish is ideal to be applied on products
that need a smooth colored surface, such as eyewear, fashion
products, items from jewelry industry etc.. At the same time
your objects are skin-safe, UV resistant and resist daily handling.
In addition, you can apply Color Touch finish to products that
need to have a color finish which remains stable over time.
In the pictures below, you can see the differences between
surfaces of two 3D printed plastic parts: the first one with
Color Touch finish, and the other one raw.
3D printed with HP Multijet Fusion PA 12. Color Touch finish applied on it:
3D Printed with HP Multijet Fusion PA 12. Raw finish applied on it:
- Plastic 3D Printing Material
- Sterling Silver 3D printing Material
- Brass 3D Printing Material
- Resin 3D Printing Materials
- Multicolor 3D Printing Material