Coloring experiments

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Gilius
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Coloring experiments

Post by Gilius » Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:32 pm

Last week I tried coloring the plastic directly. What came out best were the permanent markers (the smelly ones):
http://imgur.com/rdsSh
http://imgur.com/b5tiu
http://imgur.com/GP6Rm


One particular point was that the red marker infused very nicely into the plastic (you can see in the last image).


I also tried to color the plastic before printing. The same red permanent marker turned pinkish and combined with the natural translucency of plastic created a very interesting effect:
http://imgur.com/hWTRT
http://imgur.com/KFs9s
http://imgur.com/qheUG
http://imgur.com/IKOQR


I will try to build an automatic infusion system if I can manage to find some permanent ink in bottle form.

-soapy-
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Re: Coloring experiments

Post by -soapy- » Mon Jan 03, 2011 6:02 pm

I was going to try simply sticking the marker tip in a holder to the inbound end of the heater, so it draws on the filament as it goes past. You could even try 2 colours at once.

Gilius
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Re: Coloring experiments

Post by Gilius » Mon Jan 03, 2011 6:38 pm

It's a solution but it's not cost effective

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Re: Coloring experiments

Post by Madox » Sat Jan 08, 2011 3:50 pm

Just a seemingly random comment - Rub & Buff = Pretty...

Linkreincarnate
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Re: Coloring experiments

Post by Linkreincarnate » Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:13 am

Coloring the outside of a finished print with a yellow sharpie worked out quite nicely...


virtox
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Re: Coloring experiments

Post by virtox » Sat Jan 15, 2011 6:08 pm

I had some interesting experiences with dylon hot textile dye.

It works well with white ABS.

I tried both pre and post-print dying.

The post prints have the "problem" that the small pockets in the material tend to look darker, but after a while dries up quit evenly.
But separate parts (even when identical and dyed the exact same time) don't come out the same shade ;-)

Pre-print dying turned everything pastel, as the dye does not fully penetrate the abs.
But I have a tendency to be impatient, so longer dying times and more concentrated dye might do the trick.

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