While much of the focus in 3D printing revolves around hardware, software, and the endless continuum of expanding materials, we don’t hear as much about new finishing processes and colors. DyeMansion is dedicated to such solutions, continuing to move forward as a leader in both finishing and coloring. ‘Stepping on the gas,’ the DyeMansion team has recently launched the ColorsX series after working closely with their own customers. Under the premise X Colors for X Industries, the Automotive ColorsX and Neon ColorsX will be followed by further special solutions in the future.
“Some of our earliest customers who made use of DyeMansion Print-to-Product technologies for serial production are from the Automotive and Lifestyle industries,” says Kai Witter, Chief Customer Officer at DyeMansion. “While working closely with our customers, joint strategies are always about creating even more value to their businesses. So, I feel very delighted to now offer additional value creating products. Automotive and Neon ColorsX are only the beginning of providing more specific industry offers.”
The new line of colors was developed to meet both heat and light resistance standards for automotive interior parts, as 3D printed components inside the car must be extremely durable, offering reproducibility of color also, along with scratch-resistance and ‘rub fastness.’ Automotive ColorsX is characterized by better light and heat resistance, offered in a strong black for 3D printing with polyamide automotive parts.
“Even finest textures, such as leather patterns, can be processed with our new Automotive BlackX by the usual DeepDye Coloring (DDC) process in the DM60 while retaining all details. Like any other of our colors, Automotive BlackX can be used with our contact-free color cartridges. As black is the most important color for automotive interiors, it was chosen to represent the new color range of Automotive ColorsX. However, this does not imply that the positive effects achieved are limited to black. More colors can be developed individually on request,” says Dr. AlenaFolger, R&D Chemist at DyeMansion.
BlackX was created in line with hot irradiation standards of ISO EN 105 B06 method 3 in three successive cycles, with further testing results published recently in a scientific paper. DM Black 01 offers a basic black tone, ‘already tuned for most application’ due to a superior lightfastness. BlackX is less saturated and offers great light and heat resistance. A line of so far unseen vivid colors is being launched too, for the Lifestyle products, with Neon ColorsX opening fantastic potential for footwear, sportswear and ‘other lifestyle applications.’
Color in 3D printing continues to unfold, and especially as users have so much more flexibility in technique, fabricating parts and prototypes in multiple materials and multiple colors, and even allowing users to create innovative artwork. What do you think of this news? Let us know your thoughts! Join the discussion of this and other 3D printing topics at 3DPrintBoard.com.
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