A Look at Shapeways 3D Printed Colors

Shapeways 3D Printed Color Nylon

A Look at the Colors We Launched Earlier This Year.

Earlier this year we launched some new colors and improved the process for our existing colors to make your 3D prints smoother, with more reliable colors. We just wanted to share some images of the current colors across variable geometry, from curved to flat surface, angular sections, emboss and engraving.  You can see that the color is quite consistent across the diverse range of geometries.  The only significant difference being where the text is engraved or embossed, where small details look to hold slightly more color.  We have also noticed that some thin, wiry parts can look slightly darker, with more saturated color than solid, flat surface.

Now that we have these colors locked down, what color Nylon would you like to see us introduce next?  Let us know with CMYK or Pantone colors? 

Shapeways 3D Printed Color Nylon
Shapeways 3D Printed Color Nylon
Shapeways 3D Printed Color Nylon
Relevant posts from the Shapeways Blog.
Launching New Polished Colors
What 3D Printed Material Would YOU Like to See Next on Shapeways?

4 comments

  1. Woody64

    my candidates are:
    grey:
    RGB: #B5B5B5, CMYK: 0/0/0/29.02 … or
    RGB: #808080, CMYK: 0/0/0/49.8
    brown:
    RGB: 663300, CMYK: 0/50/100/60
    green:
    RGB: 00BD54, CMYK: 100/0/55.56/25.88

    don’t know if the CMK values are correct

  2. cos

    BLACK and GREY polished !!!
    What about a bright yellow and a green (you already missed green for this Christmas )

  3. Sugao

    I agree with the sentiment that *green* should be your next color. There are so many things in the world that are green (lizards, plants, whatever) and it’s difficult to print them using the economical strong & flexible material without a green option. It should be a nice green, like the *100, 0, 56, 26* already suggested, or perhaps a little darker, *100, 0, 55, 36* or *100, 0, 55, 45* . Don’t go for an eye-piercing lime.

    After green, I would suggest *yellow* be your next choice. Make it a rich yellow, almost golden. *0, 12, 79, 0* is a nice yellow.

    In the English language, there are eleven “basic” colors: red, *orange* , *yellow* , *green* , blue, purple, pink, white, *grey* , black, and *brown* , with almost any other color seen described as a “variant” of these “unique” colors (bold on colors you’re missing). I would say most English-speakers would also recognize a shade of *cyan* as a “unique” color, though they might quibble over if it should be called aqua or turquoise. I think you should offer a plastic in each of these colors. Suggestions, in order of my preference:

    Green: 100, 0, 55, 45 CMYK
    Yellow: 0, 12, 79, 0 CMYK
    Brown: 0, 30, 50, 55 CMYK
    Grey: 0, 0, 0, 50 CMYK
    Orange: 0, 50, 100, 0 CMYK
    Cyan: 100, 0, 0, 10 CMYK
    Tan: 0, 25, 50, 20 CMYK

    It would be particularly nice if customers could choose a single color from the entire Pantone library to dye their model (not with a rainbow of colors on one model, like Sandstone, but just one color over the whole thing), but of course that would be a future endeavor and subject to a lot of variables.

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