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Ifuku Seimitsu shows off colored metal 3D printed parts

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Japanese metal 3D printing service provider Ifuku Seimitsu produced a set of several sake-cups that have been coated with unique colors ibn order to prove that a colour is indeed an option for metal 3D prints.

While it’s been a huge topic in polymer 3D printing for years already, the issue of coloring metal 3D prints has not really emerged yet. That’s mainly due to the fact that cost dynamics in metal AM still made it hardly attractive for consumer products. At the same time, though, metals are end-use materials and metallic finishes are often aesthetically pleasing enough that they don’t need coloring.

For all of the praise that metal PBF AM technology gets for its ability to generate otherwise impossible geometries, it is often criticized for being difficult to color. Nevertheless, colored 3D prints likely become more common in the future and some of the issues related to effectively coloring metal parts may become the focus of more post-processing specialists.



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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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