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Is it possible to use a standard color inkjet cartridge to color filament for full color 3D printing?

It seems like a natural next step to me, but I haven't seen much of anything on this. (Just a few ancient experiments on reprap wiki.)

I've learned that some inkjet printers have the heads built into the cartridge whereas others it's part of the printer. I think the former would be more appropriate.

Unfortunately I haven't seen anything on actually how to drive the cartridges. I'm guessing the mfgr's treat this as a trade secret (?) Still, there's got to be some overseas reverse-engineer... something... on this, right?

Anybody have resources/notes they'd like to share?

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I don't think it makes a lot of sense - you don't need that kind of resolution, and getting a sufficient amount of ink that way to coat the filament would be hard. If you're going to be switching colors rapidly, you'd need a long purge between colors anyway. I also doubt the type of ink is suitable for sticking to filament materials.

If you really want an automated filament coloring system, I would do it with Sharpies and actuators to move individual ones on/off of the filament as it passes through. Coloring PLA with Sharpies prior to printing is a known-working technique, and there are even models available on Thingiverse for holders to keep them in place while the filament runs through. Designing the actuators to switch individual ones on/off, and the firmware controls for them, would be the natural next step.

Here are some examples I did with manual coloring of natural translucent PLA (from left to right: uncolored, silver Sharpie, and red Sharpie):

3 printed nuts, colored as described in text

I didn't color a long enough segment of filament or properly purge for any of them, which is why the coloring is inconsistent/incomplete. But the technique definitely works.

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AS an FYI, this is becoming available commercially: https://www.xyzprinting.com/en-US/product-level/PROFESSIONAL/color-series

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    $\begingroup$ I'd be skeptical of anything from this company. Speaking of inkjet they're the inkjet printer loss-leader scam of 3D printing. Printers that refuse to use filament other than their own overpriced ones, software lock-in, ... Also using illegitimate IP claims to takedown competitors' products from Amazon. $\endgroup$ – R.. GitHub STOP HELPING ICE Sep 1 at 1:17
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This is a thing since I think 2-3 years. There's such a printer from XYZ printing. It's not cheap but worth it. https://www.xyzprinting.com/en-US/product/da-vinci-color

The other thing thats available right now is a new print technology named Multy Jet Fusion, where drops of resin being colored and droped to a 3D Print:

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