We learned about the ColorPod though a few years ago, as a device for several RepRap Cartesian style 3D printer variants that allows for 3D printing in full color. In development by Aad van der Geest for years now, the device has evolved into a customized, streamlined workaround for having it all while 3D printing, and you can take matters further into your own resourceful hands by making your own parts for the DualBox add-on too—turning your FDM 3D printer into a full-color powder machine.
Today, the versatile ColorPod works with most 3D printers, supports .stl and .obj 3D model files, and is accompanied by supporting software. Objects are 3D printed in full color as the unit dispenses colored droplets on powder in the DualBox add-on, comprised of two compact units: the feeder box, which moves up; and the model box, which moves down. Powder is dispersed from one box to the other in thin layers with a spinning roller, and cross sections are fabricated with ink and water on the powder.
Professional powder from gecko-3d.com is recommended by the developer for better accuracy in printing. 3D models can be printed up to 110 X 70 X 50 mm. For $499, you can buy the set to make your own DualBox, with components to include:
- 500 gr gecko 3d powder
- 1 HP45 cartridge filled with clear fluid
- 2 plexiglass box cutout set
- 1 plexiglass bridge part
- 2 geared stepper motor
- 4 bottom axis support
- 4 box fixing plate
- 10 nylon M3 screws 5mm
- 1 servo modified for continuous rotation
- 1 resistor 100k on connector
- 1 resistor 820E on connector
- 1 dyneema thread 1200 mm
- 1 screw terminal
- 1 geeetech sync cable
- 1 endswitch conversion cable
- 1 5V regulator with cable
- 1 rubber band
- 2 ball bearing with outside diameter 16mm
- 1 stainless steel tube 210X20X2 mm
- 1 supply cable male
- 1 supply cable female
- 1 fuse holder with 2A fuse
- 2 M3 threaded rod 80mm
- 1 M4 threaded rod 96mm
- 1 metal spring
- 2 M2 screw 20mm
- 2 M2 screw 12mm
- 4 M2 nut
- 4 M2 washer
Other parts must be 3D printed to complete the set.
With the advent of 3D printing, users were thrilled with the capability to design a 3D object and then be able to produce it on their own too, whether in a home workshop, professional, or industrial setting. While choices for post-processing and finishing could include intricate painting and detailing, quickly, the ability to print in more complex ways evolved with multi-materials and multi-components, full-color printers by HP and Mcor, and more. Innovations such as the ColorPod give users even more options for producing spectacular prototypes, parts, and artistic works.
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[Source: Aad van der Geest]
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