Color 3D Printing

There are now a number of processes, and different 3D printing hardware, that enable accurate multicolor 3D printed parts. However, for many years there were only two technologies that could produce full-color parts: binder jetting (color jet from Zcorp/3D Systems) and polyjet (material jetting from Stratasys). Both technologies are based on inkjetting at some level. In binder jetting the inkjetted color is applied on part produced from a powder bed. In polyjet, the resins themselves are colored and jetted. Both technologies have limitations: color jet has to use a rigid and delicate plaster material, which is only ideal for static models, while polyjet uses expensive photoactive resins, which tend to deteriorate over time.3D Systems’ Projet 660 and Stratasys’ J750 have represented (and continue to represent) the standard for color 3D printing.


As of 2019, there are now several more. One key new technology is HP’s multi-jet fusion, which is a mix between binder jetting and powder bed fusion. As such, this is the first technology that is able to produce full-color parts using end-use thermoplastics such as nylon. Competitively priced below $100,000 (and as low as $50,000), HP’s MultiJet 300 and 500 series systems could open up a new range of opportunities as they become more broadly available. Japanese company Mimaki, on the other hand, developed its own high-quality and high-resolution full-color material jetting system using a technological approach more similar to Stratasys’ (however the cost of the system is also similar).


Another new, and much more affordable, approach is based on the evolutions of filament extrusion (material deposition) technology. Rize developed a technology which combines filament extrusion and inketting to produce functional multi-color parts. XYZ printing brought a similar approach to its affordable desktop systems, by applying color through inkjet heads to filament 3D printed parts. Another small company, Mosaic, introduced an accessory which combines different color filaments to obtain the multi-color effect in parts 3D printed using several different 3D printer models.

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  • As competition in full-color 3D printing grows, the pioneer in multi-color material jetting (PolyJet) technology Stratasys has become the first 3D printer manufacturer to sign an agreement with Pantone, the global authority and provider of physical and digital color standards for full design-to-production workflow. Under terms of the agreement, Stratasys becomes…

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  • XRIZE 3D printer Smart Spaces

    Boston-based 3D printing company RIZE, Inc. this week introduced “Smart Spaces for Innovation,” which will function as connected, interactive and intelligent environments for integrating 3D printing with other intelligent technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). The company has launched Smart Spaces dedicated to three main areas:…

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  • RIZE, a Boston, USA-based, color 3D printer manufacturer, reported that SOLIDWORKS Certified Solution Partner, Instadesign Group, has become a RIZE Authorized Reseller. With this announcement, RIZE introduces its award-winning full color-capable additive manufacturing solutions to the Quebec, Canada market. Headquartered in Laval, Quebec, Instadesign is a highly specialized product development…

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  • Last year HP expanded its 3D printing portfolio with the introduction of the Jet Fusion 300 / 500 series of 3D printers, with full color capabilities. Depending on configuration and colour preference, the Jet Fusion 300 / 500 series is available starting in the $50,000s, thus opening up the market…

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  • Mimaki

    Mimaki a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting systems, today launched its, ‘Make the Difference’ campaign, designed to celebrate Mimaki-powered print innovation and customer success. Produced by some of the most inspirational print service providers and brands across Europe, the project explores digital print diversity with stories focussing on applications…

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  • Stratasys J720 full-color 3D printer

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  • Stratasys Open Heritage Google

    As one of the biggest players in the 3D printing industry, Stratasys should be acknowledged for its commitment to supporting creative applications for additive manufacturing. Over the years, the company has collaborated with numerous artists, including Neri Oxman, Daniel Widrig, Francis Bitonti and others to showcase how 3D printing is…

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  • Mimaki

    Within just a few years of its founding in 1975, Mimaki Engineering Co. Ltd, a publicly listed company on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, reached a leading position as a manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting machines for the sign/graphics, industrial and textile/apparel markets. The company’s solutions cover the entire…

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