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Formlabs Release New Color Kit for Custom Color Printing

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Formlabs is announced a new Color Kit, the first integrated color mixing solution for stereolithography 3D printing. Anyone using the new Color Kit has the ability to create custom Color Resins with uniformly colored, high-resolution 3D prints with the smooth surface finish SLA technology is known for. Formlabs has a library of Standard Resins they have developed alongside the new Color Kit.  These are the general purpose materials for the Form 2 and have shown to be great for rapid prototyping and creating concept models to bring your ideas to life. Professionals from various departments across industries have been consistently impressed with the various materials available, noting their high detail, smooth finish, and minimal post-printing cleanup.

Colorful Parts Straight from Your 3D Printer

Color is integral to how we make sense of our world.  Color is able to help us us identify important areas of a tool or product, direct our gaze, highlight and emphasize features, or even bring to mind familiar brands.  Color can influence our emotional states and transform awareness.

The science team at Formlabs selects colors for their functional materials such as their Engineering and Dental Resins not only for contrast, but also to perfect their material properties.  These properties are necessary in order to keep parts and works-like prototypes functioning optimally.

For looks-like prototypes, concept models, and others parts where aesthetic is top priority, Color Kit enables you to print many models in one consistent color, right off the printer, without the additional work of finishing and painting.

Choose Color Resin for matte, opaque parts straight off the printer, or paint another material when your needs are a bit more complex. Color Kit and painting techniques can be used together if your models would benefit from a colored base.

How Color Kit Works

The Color Kit comes with a Color Base cartridge, five bottles of Color Pigment in Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, and White, syringes for easy measurement, and a Recipe Book. The different pigments are mixed into the base material, making a full cartridge of Color Resin.

Because Color Kit requires a mixing process and doesn’t come ready to print like other Formlabs materials, it is being offered as an experimental Form X product. Form X showcases innovative tools, materials, and approaches for advanced users who want to explore the boundaries of what’s possible with desktop stereolithography (SLA).

First, select a recipe. Formlabs has tested 16 colors, with recipes available in the included Recipe Book, or you can mix a custom color using our Color Picker. Measure the appropriate amount of Color Pigment and add it to the Color Base cartridge.

Mix your Color Resin thoroughly by shaking the cartridge.

Finally, insert the cartridge into your Formlabs printer as usual and print in color!

16 Colors, A Full Spectrum of Possibilities

With the Form 2 and Color Kit, you can 3D print parts in color and field test product concepts in shades that fit their environment, communicate their purpose, and align with your brand identity.

Order your Color Kit to start mixing, shaking, and printing!


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