Modular Drawers

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With our new Color on Demand service we offer custom made colors to make prints that look truly unique. As an example we printed the Modular Drawers 2.0 by Dan O’Connell, aka O3D.

Design: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2539830

The drawers are great to store small things in your workshop and by printing them in unique colors, you can make them stand out and never loose anything again. Or so they say.

We printed these drawers on the Ultimaker 2+ with a 0.4mm nozzle and no support. Printed at a 0.2mm layer height and with 45mm/s. The nozzle temperature was 215C and we kept the bed at 55C.

The colors we used for these prints were:

  • RAL 4001 – red lilac
  • RAL 7001 – silver grey
  • RAL 1018 – zinc yellow
  • RAL 2002 – vermillion
  • RAL 6001 – emerald green
  • RAL 9003 – signal white
  • RAL 6027 – light green
  • RAL 7021 – black grey

As you can see there are many options and there is no reason you are not printing in your favorite color.

With Color on Demand you can request a RAL reference which will be matched in PLA by colorFabb’s team. With an MOQ of 2kg, the threshold is lower than ever for 3D printing users to create with their very own color!

The idea of Color on Demand goes back to the essence of why colorFabb was started. Back in 2012 founder and current CEO Ruud Rouleaux had the idea to produce a filament tailor-made for the end user. He says, “Back in the early days producing custom colors presented us with high additional costs and inefficient production issues, eventually leading to a more general portfolio of standard colors.”

In June we launched this new service where we can produce custom made colors in a more efficient way.

 

How does it work?

A special section has been created in our webshop. You can go there directly by clicking here. We have already matched a lot of colors:

The colors above can be ordered immediately and you can order these like any other product in our webshop. The catch? We don’t stock it. All products in Color on Demand are made to order.

If a color has not been matched by us already, you can choose a RAL color (click here) or request a custom color (click here).

The team of specialists at colorFabb then go to work to start matching this color request. You can opt to receive an injected molded plaque to verify the color first, before the spool is produced. This is optional.

Expected lead times are:

All Color on Demand spools are produced on XL spools, containing 2kg of filament in your prefered color. It does not stop there. At the same time Color on Demand is being offered for granulates as an extra supply option besides filament.

Important: If you order a Color on Demand spool, as well as regular stocked products, we will ship these together as one shipment.

How is color matching being done?

Check our disclaimer! We use the RAL Classic references as our guide. All filaments produced are optically checked by our specialized production and QA team. You can order an injected molded plaque before commiting to order a full spool. Please check in the webshop!

Please be aware that we use the actual RAL reference. Colors on a computer screen, printed images and promotional art can give a misrepresentation of the actual color. Injection molded color plaques can be ordered for a quality check before ordering a full spool.

If the color is then accepted production is started on the custom made spool, which is a single spool containing 2kg (MOQ) of PLA in either 1.75mm or 2.85mm – or more spools, of course. Whenever a color has been matched, it will be added to the colorFabb website for future references.

It does not stop there. At the same time Color on Demand is being offered for granulates as an extra supply option besides filament.

Pricing is as low as € 75 (ex VAT / shipping) for a 2kg spool of custom made filament, with tier pricing available: 10% discount when 4 spools are purchased, 20% when 10 spools are purchased.

 


Color on Demand is a first new step into the direction of customization of filaments for the end users. Starting with PLA and RAL, the possibilities to expand to other materials and color references are plenty and will be implemented at a later stage.

Basically, color on demand will enable the maker / 3D Printer user to pinpoint specific projects and claim a different position in the supply chain with exactly that color that is requested.

Users can send requests to colorFabb or visit our website:

Questions? Check the FAQ section we made first. Or contact us through sales@colorfabb.com

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