Full Color Sandstone Material Information

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Full Color Sandstone Full Color Sandstone
Sandstone Sandstone (no textures)
Price $3.00 handling fee
$0.75 per cm3
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Design Guidelines for Full Color Sandstone

The rules to follow in order to create successful products in Full Color Sandstone. Read more on model checks
Max bounding box 250 × 380 × 200 mm

For us to be able to make a product, each of its pieces must fit within these dimensions.

For Full Color Sandstone, the maximum bounding box is determined by the size of the printer we use to create your product.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure the bounding box fits within our maximum limit. If it does not, you can try scaling it down, removing unnecessary features to reduce the bounding box, or considering another material with a bigger maximum bounding box.

Min bounding box X + Y + Z ≥ 10 mm

For us to be able to make a product, each of its pieces must be bigger than these dimensions.

For Full Color Sandstone, the minimum bounding box is determined by the printer's ability to successfully print very tiny products.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure the bounding box of your product is larger than our minimum. If it is not, you can try scaling it up, thickening, combining, or enlarging parts and features, or trying a material with a smaller minimum bounding box.

Min supported wall thickness 2.0 mm

A supported wall is one connected to other walls on two or more sides.

For Full Color Sandstone, the minimum supported wall is determined by our ability to successfully remove your product from the powder bed in the printer and clean it. Walls that are too thin will break in this process.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure the supported walls in your product are thicker than the minimum requirement. If they are not, try making them thicker, or consider a material with a thinner minimum supported wall requirement.

Min unsupported wall thickness 3.0 mm

An unsupported wall is one connected to other walls on less than two sides.

For Full Color Sandstone, the minimum unsupported wall is determined by our ability to successfully remove your product from the powder bed in the printer and clean it. Walls that are too thin will break in this process.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure the unsupported walls in your product are thicker than the minimum requirement. If they are not, try making them thicker, adding supports, or considering a material with a thinner minimum unsupported wall requirement.

Min supported wires 2.0 mm

A wire is a feature whose length is greater than two times its width. A supported wire is connected to walls on both sides.

For Full Color Sandstone, the minimum supported wire is determined by our ability to successfully remove your product from the powder bed in the printer and clean it. Wires that are too thin will break in this process.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure the supported wires in your product are thicker than the minimum requirement. If they are not, try making them thicker, or consider a material with a thinner minimum supported wire requirement.

Min unsupported wires 3.0 mm

A wire is a feature whose length is greater than two times its width. An unsupported wire is connected to walls on less than two sides.

For Full Color Sandstone, the minimum unsupported wire is determined by our ability to successfully remove your product from the powder bed in the printer and clean it. Wires that are too thin will break in this process.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure the unsupported wires in your product are thicker than the minimum requirement. If they are not, try making them thicker, adding supports, or considering a material with a thinner minimum unsupported wall requirement.

Min embossed detail 0.4 mm high & wide

A detail is a feature whose length is less than twice its width. Embossed details stick out from a surface.

For Full Color Sandstone, the minimum detail is determined by the printer's resolution. When detail dimensions are below the minimum, the printer may not be able to accurately replicate them.

To ensure details come out clearly, make them larger than the indicated minimum. We may refrain from printing products with details smaller than the minimum, since the final product will not be true to your design. If your product has details smaller than the minimum, try making them larger, removing them, or considering a material with finer detail.

Min engraved detail 0.4 mm high & wide

A detail is a feature whose length is less than twice its width. Engraved or debossed details go into a surface.

For Full Color Sandstone, the minimum detail is determined by the printer's resolution. When detail dimensions are below the minimum, the printer may not be able to accurately replicate them.

To ensure details come out clearly, make them larger than the indicated minimum. We may refrain from printing products with details smaller than the minimum, since the physical product will not be true to your design. If your product has details smaller than the minimum, try making them larger, removing them, or considering a material with finer detail.

Min escape holes 25 mm diameter for one escape hole


15 mm diameter when there are two or more escape holes


10 mm diameter when there are four or more escape holes

Escape holes allow unbuilt material inside hollow products to be removed.

When Full Color Sandstone products contain hollow cavities, they are often still filled with powder even after they are removed from the build tray. Small escape holes and difficult geometry can make it impossible to remove excess powder.

When products contain hollow cavities, they are often filled with powder even after they are removed from the build tray. If escape holes are not large enough, or the geometry of the product makes it difficult to shake or blast the powder out, we cannot successfully clean it. To ensure a successful, cleanable product, make sure to include sufficiently large escape holes for each hollow cavity in your product. Multiple escape holes are recommended for large hollow parts. A single escape hole at the end of a cavity will not allow material in the corners near the escape hole to fully escape; so, multiple escape holes at both ends of the cavity are recommended. If your escape holes are insufficient, try enlarging them, adding more, or filling in the hollow space.

A single escape hole at the end of a cavity will not allow material in the corners near the escape hole to fully escape. So we recommend multiple escape holes at both ends of the cavity.

Clearance 0.9 mm clearance

Clearance is the space between any two parts, walls or wires.

Full Color Sandstone products are printed by depositing a binder material onto a bed of gypsum powder, layer by layer. If features are too close together, it can be difficult to clean out excess powder.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make the clearance between features is greater than the indicated minimum. If your clearance is too small, try making the gap bigger, or consider fusing the parts or features if their independence is unnecessary. You can also try a material with a smaller minimum clearance.

Interlocking and enclosed parts? Yes.

Full Color Sandstone products are printed by depositing a binder material onto a bed of gypsum powder, layer by layer. Since the product is solid when it is removed from the print bed, it is possible to make interlocking parts as long as the clearance is greater than the indicated minimum.

Multiple parts per model file? Yes.
Accuracy Medium accuracy

More On Designing for Full Color Sandstone

Material Traits
Full color with textures

The colors in Full Color Sandstone are made with textures that are uploaded along with the model file. When there's no texture files, the material will be in its natural sandstone color.
Learn more about Exporting to VRML and X3D for color printing

Hanging structures break easily

Any structure that has a hanging structure is likely to break. This includes the end piece in an unsupported, heavy object, as pictured. Another example of something that would break is a miniature of a person with an arm sticking straight out. The arm would break off.

Exposure to water will fade colors

The colors we use are similar to Inkjet Printer coloring, which fades when wet. The same principle applies to 3D printed colors. In this photo, the original color was a sky blue (as represented in the lower right of the photo), and after we dipped the model in water the blue faded and whitened. This model should not be designed for applications that requires the model to touch water.

Design tips
Sandcastle Rule: If this structure was made of wet sand, would it break?

There's a part in the production process for sandstone 3D printing during which the model is fragile and brittle. It's basically like wet sand. When you design, ask yourself this question: if I made this out of wet sand or brittle clay, could I lift the design without it breaking? If the answer is "no," then your design might break in production.

Material Info

Look and feel

Sandstone is the only material capable of full-color 3D prints. Produced on Z-Corp printers, it is perfect for figurines, life-like models, avatars, and other products that lend themselves to colorful, high-quality printing. Models are created by printing binder material and colored ink layer-by-layer into a bed of gypsum-based powder. After printing, the models are finished with a cyanoacrylate (super glue) sealant to ensure durability and vivid colors. The final product is a hard, brittle material that works great for figurines and visual models, but isn't well suited to functional parts or daily handing. Models should be handled carefully, and not exposed to water as it will cause fading.

When printing in this material, some variation in color shade is unavoidable, especially with difficult-to-produce colors such as browns and skin tones. We optimize each print run to make individual models look great, may see differences in color when looking at multiple prints of the same model side by side.

Print It Anyway
We are piloting a new way for you to bring experimental products to life. With Print It Anyway, you will receive a 3D print in your hand, even if your model does not meet our design guidelines. Learn more about Print It Anyway.

All Sandstone finishes are eligible for Print It Anyway.

Handling and care
This material
  • not watertight
  • not foodsafe
  • not recyclable
  • not dishwasher safe

Full color sandstone is heatproof to 60ºC / 140ºF degrees. Higher temperatures may significantly change material properties.

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Disclaimer:
Please note that the 3D printed products are intended for decorative purposes. They are not suited to be used as toys or to be given to underage children. The products should not come into contact with electricity and be kept away from heat. Our materials, except for 3D printed glazed ceramic, are not food safe.
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