Printing with multiple colors has been around for a while now. We have put the Ultimaker 3 in our print lab to good use to print the 2-Color Tree Frog by Nervous System.
As described on the Thingiverse page: “This treefrog is based on a recently discovered species called the Tiger’s Treefrog (Hyloscirtus tigrinus) which has an incredible maze-like pattern on its skin. Hyloscirtus tigrinus lives in the rainforests of Ecuador and Colombia and is exceedingly rare. Scientists estimate there are only 250 adult tiger’s treefrogs alive today.”
On the Ultimaker 3 we used standard PLA settings and printer with a 0.4mm nozzle at a 0.22mm layer height.
In June we launched Color on Demand and re-invented the way makers can choose colors. No longer you are bound to the colors that have been pre-selected by filament manufacturers anymore. Now you can order the color you actually need and want.
We have already matched many RAL colors, which can easily be ordered online. Click here to see our collection. You can order as little as a 750 grams spool! If we have not matched your favorite color, request it by using our online form. Starting from a 2kg spool we match the color you want.
With Color on Demand you can say “yes” to that print job which needs a specific color or a look you have been waiting for. Stun your colleagues, family or other makers with your prints. You could already print one-of-a-kind designs, now you can also make them look unique!
Check out more recent Color on Demand prints by clicking here.
How does it work?
Once an order is placed the team of specialists at colorFabb then go to work to start matching this color request if is a new color. You can opt to receive an injected molded plaque to verify the color first, before the spool is produced. This is optional. If the color has already been matched, we plan production right away.
Expected lead times are:
- Color already matched: 5 – 8 business days
- Color not yet matched: approx. 3-4 weeks, depending on the color matching process.
Color on Demand is produced on spools containing either 2kg or 750 grams. The 750 grams option is only available for colors already matched. All new colors are produced on 2kg spools only. Curious about the spool size? Check out this post.
But we do 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 will be planned. Whenever a color has been matched, it will be added to the colorFabb website for future references.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 your requests to colorFabb or visit our website:
More questions that need answering? Contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org