Questions tagged [color]

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What actual dyes are used in filaments?

I've seen several questions about dyes in regards to food-safety, with no conclusive answers, as well as anecdotes on the RepRap wiki about how the mechanical properties of dyed PLA tend to vary by ...
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Filament mixer?

I've seen questions about (like What is stopping us from mixing 3d filament colors in an Extruder?) and some solutions for mixing filament colors/materials at print time for multi-color printing, but ...
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Does color changing PLA require a hardened nozzle?

I've seen comments about glow-in-the-dark filament being abrasive and would damage a bronze nozzle so a hardened nozzle is recommended. Is the same true for filament that changes colour when warm (...
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How to paint ABS to look like wood [closed]

I have a piece printed in white ABS, which is a half-scale replica of an unvarnished oak sculpture. After sanding off the worst of the layer lines, I'd like to paint it to get a nice wood finish. I ...
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Could nail polish damage pure PLA?

I would like to use nail polish to paint and smooth a PLA model. Could nail polish damage a model made out of pure PLA?
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Why isn't any color showing up in my .3mf file in Windows 10 3D Builder

So, I made a 3D picture of a cute mouse using Microsoft Paint 3D and exported it as a .3mf. Why didn't the colors match when I opened the file in Microsoft 3D Builder?
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Is there a way to print on a 3D printed surface?

I have a 3D printed object that I'd like to print on. Adhesive stickers are an option, but as the surface is rounded it's difficult to get a good film to stick well. Is there any system to print on ...
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What is the best color of PETg to use for outdoor durability?

I am doing a quad-copter now. I am not sure what color is the best to use for outdoor durability, especially in sunlight. They say PETg is the most durable material amongst cheap ones. But what ...
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What kind of colors should I use to paint my PLA prints?

I'd like to paint my prints, which I printed using white PLA, with some colors. I have no idea what type of paint should stick to PLA well. I need paint that will not be soluble in water and will ...
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How are SLS printers able to print multiple colours? [closed]

With FFF printers able to manage only a small handful different colours (by using different filaments & extruders), how is it some SLS prints are able to be produced in such a broad range of ...
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true color printing with CMYK+White (not 3-in-1 diamond head RGB)

There is this great hotend called a diamond hotend, which can be used to print in 3 colors and mix them into hundreds? of colors. This can for example be used with Red, Green and Blue filament to mix ...
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What is stopping us from mixing 3D filament colors in an Extruder?

This came up in one of my groups today. That we could not color bend, or mix 3d printing filaments. I have researched but I am not finding anything talking about Plastic mixing in an extruder. Why is ...
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Methods for applying full color graphic decals to the surface of a 3d printed part?

I'm trying to find a way of applying graphics to my ABS printed parts. I need a robust method which can produce a decent amount of detail with true color and legible fine text . I also was hoping to ...
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What and how much does coloring in the filament affect in the print?

Are there general rules on how much a colored filament vs. vanilla filament affects the print results, what is affected and how those values should be changed in the slicer to achieve more similar ...
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Multi-color printing with desktop 3D printer?

My MakerBot printer supports only two filaments at the same time. What are techniques to print objects with more than two colors for one object?