Over the past month or so, Shapeways production team has been hard at work to improve and research dyeing options for the Strong & Flexible laser sintered nylon material. In particular, we've been focusing getting the black just right. Previously, we have gotten some feedback from the community that Black Strong & Flexible has a blue tint in it. Eek! Well, after some time in testing and iterating, I'm happy to announce the updated Black Strong & Flexible. Check out the difference:
Like all of our materials, we will continue to work and improve the quality. We are starting a new production process so if you have any feedback on the products you will start receiving in a few days, please let us know! The process will never be perfect, but its your feedback that will help us get closer and closer.
And for those of you out there who are already dreaming of other material options: yes, polishing this material is currently being tested as well. And yes, we are exploring a variety of different colors. Any request for specific color for the Strong & Flexible family? Any request for additional finishing options for the Strong & Flexible Family? Leave us a comment and let us know!
I've had some issues with the black dye from my iPad wraps staining Apple's Smart Cover (when it's in the lighter colors).
So I would really push for the pigmented nylon powder for black at least.
But blacker black is better. Also what about that purple grey? I'd scrap the current color offerings and bring back summer blue, Halloween orange, and that bright green you had before. A nice magenta would be good too.
We are doing a lot of work into colors. The next batch will be permanent, we found a great red (it's a bit red-orange) that might suit your needs. We're also doing dives into industry trends for what has been selling well to make sure we get the best colors for you guys. We are thinking of these colors: Red-red (more on the orange side than the current red, which is on a more pink side), lighter blue, and a deep magenta-pink. These colors have been popping up a lot in tech gadgets and jewelry design and we think they might inspire more awesome 3D printed goodness.
How light would the lighter blue be? I'm working on some two-player games, and I like to have two colors that contrast but work together, like the current red and indigo (I was thinking of black and white, but I expect white would soil too easily for pieces that are handled a lot).