Let’s go green today. For today’s print we have chosen the great Plantygon design by Sam Welch, aka printfutura. This excellent design is a modular geometric stacking planter and based on the truncated octohedron which can tesselate in 3D space. This allows each planter to stack together in any combination that you’d like!
Each planter has a sloped inner drain leading to holes which drain into the neighboring planters. A version without drainage holes is also available for indoor use. You should definitely check out printfutura’s Instagram and Etsy pages:
We printed these Plantygons with a 0.6mm nozzle and 0.2 layer height at 40mm/s on the Ultimaker 2. The nozzle temp was 215C and the bed temp 55C. We used support touching buildplate only.
And why the RAL color charts next to the prints you may ask? Valid question. The colors we printed in are the ones we released two weeks ago with our brand new Color on Demand service:
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.
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: