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Full Color 3D Printing

Fast and Efficient Photo-Realistic Integrated Colour Printing 

There are several 3D printing technologies, each one works differently, so it’s important to consider their suitability for your particular applications to be able to pick the right printer. Some full-colour 3D printers use inks or dyes applied to colour the printing material during printing, while others mix already coloured (CMYK) materials in the right proportions to create colours. We offer 3D Systems ColorJet Printing (CJP)and Mimaki Injket 3D printers.

Full-colour 3D printers can produce realistic product prototypes, accurate medical models, stunning figurines, and colour-accurate artwork replicas. Advances in technology make it easier for everyone from industrial designers to medical professionals to generate wonderfully colourful models from their digital designs almost at the push of a button. Full colour means thousands of colours from your 3D printer, even accurate skin tones and Pantone matching just like when you colour 2D print on paper.

CJP (ColorJet Printing) technology creates photo-realistic parts in full CMY colour with small feature details and the ability to use full texture and UV mapping to better emulate the look, feel, and style of product designs. The ProJet CJP printers produce parts at a relatively low cost because you don’t need supports and the unused core material (a polymer powder) can be reused. The core material is spread in thin layers over the build platform with a roller. After each 

Mimaki’s proprietary technology was originally developed for its 2D UV flatbed printers. It uses inkjet print technology to deposit UV-curable liquid resin in white, clear, and CMYK, along with soluble support material on a bed layer by layer. Each layer is cured by the UV light. The machine uses white or clear liquid resin as the base material, then it instantly jets colour to coat the base. After it’s completed, a roller flattens the material layer and the process repeats until the print is finished. The Mimaki technology is able to achieve a wider range of colours than any other.

layer is spread, colour binders (in cyan, magenta, and yellow) are selectively mixed and jetted from inkjet print heads, which causes the core to solidify. The build platform lowers with every subsequent layer, which is spread and printed, resulting in a full-color three-dimensional model. There are no heat, light, or lasers used in this process. Parts can be sanded, drilled, tapped, painted, and electroplated, expanding the options available for finished part characteristics.

3D Colour Printing Applications

3D printing in colour is particularly useful for product prototypes, in addition to art replicas and figurines. Various industries benefit from the ability to produce high-quality products with sharp detail in various and exact colours without the time-consuming labour of hand painting. Plus, parts that may experience wear will retain their colour because it’s not just surface colour.

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Full Colour 3D Printers

Unparalleled colour capabilities to produce the most realistic models with the highest resolution full CMYK, at high throughput with up to 5x-10x faster print speed than other technologies and up to 7x lower part cost.

The simplest and most efficient large-build, full-color 3D printer of its class

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Fast, accurate, high resolution and uses eco-friendly, non-hazardous materials with zero liquid waste. Ideal for architects, consumer product design and development, education, medical models, stop-motion animation, professional model shops, fine art production and more.

  • ColorJet Printing technology

  • Envelope capacity: 10 x 15 x 8 in (254 x 381 x 203 mm)

  • Printing in full CMYK colour

  • High resolution and fine features

  • Using natural products based build materials

  • Convenient integrated part cleaning station

  • Effective, safe and easy models infiltration with the down-draft workbench (optional)

With a build envelope capacity of 508 x 381 x 229 mm (20 x 15 x 9 in), the ProJet CJP 860Pro is the most productive professional CMYK full-colour 3D printer, featuring large build volume and highest resolution.

Print full color large-scale models or higher volume of parts

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Print higher volume or large-scale concept models with ease at every stage of design and development to quickly and affordably explore more design options, obtain feedback, refine and repeat the cycle until designs are perfect, reducing costly changes later in the process.

  • ColorJet Printing technology

  • Envelope capacity: 20 x 15 x 9 in (508 x 381 x 229 mm)

  • Full CMYK colour 3D Printer

  • High resolution and fine features

  • Using natural products based build materials

  • Fast and safe cleaning station (optional)

  • models infiltration with the down-draft workbench (optional)

Mimaki 3DUJ-553

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Mimaki 3DUJ-2207

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The 3DUJ-2207 is a Compact 3D printer with full-colour modelling capabilities, able to produce more than 10 million colours through the UV curing inkjet method, which achieves high-definition colour expression that is about twice that of the binder jetting (plaster powder CJP) method.

Big Colour, Compact Size - Entry level full colour 3D printer that is both space saving and high definition

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  • Build size 203 x 203 x 76 mm (8 x 8 x 3")

  • Demonstrates the same number of colours and modelling accuracy as 3DUJ-553

  • Can be installed in an office environment with a quiet design and an optional deodorizer

  • Post-processing such as overcoating and drilling / mounting screws is possible

With more than 10 million colours the 3DUJ-2207 leads the industry for high quality complex full colour prototype models. It even supports ICC profiles which are widely used within the 2d printing space to accurately match colours and create predictable results.

The Mimaki 3DUJ-2207 brings affordable colour 3d printing to the workplace. Small, office friendly and with an affordable price tag, 3d printing in brilliant colour is now available to everyone.

A build volume of 203 x 203 x 70mm making it an ideal 3d printer for full colour concept prototypes, medical/ research models and custom gaming miniatures. In addition to producing photo quality colour models, the Mimaki 3d printer can also create clear / translucent parts or areas of a 3d model freeing the possibilities for design engineers when creating a new product concept. This can be taken one step further by mixing the translucent material with colour to produce opaque parts in any colour the design requires.

The 3DUJ-2207 has a standard layer resolution of 28 microns which means small complex details can be easily achieved.

With the 3DUJ-553 UV Inkjet Resin 3D printer, Mimaki has introduced a brand-new approach to 3D printing. This is the world’s first 3D printer with over 10 million colours, enabling the production of 3D objects, eliminating time-consuming finishing and the risk of damaging small detailed parts.

The first 3D modelling system in the world with over 10,000,000 different full colours.

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  • Printing in full colour with over 10 million colours with ICC profiling/proofing

  • Support material is dissolvable in water, which prevents small detailed parts to break

  • Build size 500 x 500 x 300mm

  • Transparent inks for glossy effects

  • Possibility to mix clear and colours to achieve different levels of transparency

  • Existing 3D data of white objects can be easily coloured in 3D Link software

  • Strength of the material is comparable with ABS

  • 3 printing qualities (20 – 32 – 42-micron layering)

  • Very Smooth surface

The 3DUJ-553 covering approximately 84% of  Fogra39L and 90% of swop colours. With a build layer as low as 20 microns the printer produces parts in brilliant colour, with incredible detail and surface finish.

With a build volume of 500 x 500 x 300mm it is ideal for producing large architectural models, full scale props and figurines. It also prints with a water soluble support which makes it the perfect choice for small thin walled intricate detailed parts as no manual cleaning or post processing is required.

Printing in a photo-polymer resin the Mimaki machine produces plastic parts with similar strength to ABS plastic making it an excellent choice for functional testing or those looking for added strength in comparison to powder based printing.

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