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3D Printing is Cool — But 3D Color Printing is Better with Parfait Printing and a New Kickstarter Twist

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YWWIs your 3D printer ready to taste test some Parfait? If so, Your Wild World invites you to join a small, limited group of 3D printing enthusiasts who will be involved in their unique new testing platform, as well as getting the chance to be a pioneer, joining the foray into 3D printing with color.

Parfait is more than just a yummy, tantalizing treat. It’s also at the center of an innovative new color 3D printing technique called Parfait Printing, with its creators at YWW offering a new take on the Kickstarter campaign, just launched.

Parfait Printing is being developed by the YWW team, who want to spread the word that ‘3D printing is cool, but 3D printing in multicolor is wild.’ Their approach to Kickstarter is wild indeed, and offers a great opportunity to test a new approach to 3D color printing, which employs a method creating one piece of multi-color filament that is specific to a design, allowing controlled vertical color changes resulting in prints featuring multiple colors, all from one extrusion head.

The goal of Your Wild World is to see multi-color 3D printing available and running on all 3D desktop printers. With the foundation completed, they are using the Kickstarter venue to establish testing, gain input, and refine the finished product before they take it to the marketplace. Rather than purchasing a product or donating funds, they are asking for pledges to cover shipping of the Parfait Printing product to you for testing, offering you the chance to be involved in designing, testing, and prototyping their new product.

Megan Moskun

Megan Moskun, artist at YWW

“Our longer term goal is to make color 3D printing so easy and cost effective that it is the rule rather than the exception,” says Megan Moskun, YWW resident artist.

If you own a PLA capable 3D printer, you may be able to join the YWW team as one of the 35 testers, who upon pledging $100 to cover shipping and handling of the testing product, will be able to work with YWW in testing and giving feedback, in a three phase process, which they hope to complete in a year. YWW is looking for 35 team members total, in groups of five, who own 3D printers in the following models:

  • FlashForge
  • Printrbot
  • MakerBot
  • Delta
  • Afinia
  • MakerGear
  • Other 3D printers (five)
Tina the Snake with Color Filament

Tina the Snake with Color Filament

To begin, Your Wild World sends a strand of multicolor filament and the reciprocal file for you to test and give a report on. They work with you until everything is fine-tuned and working. After that, Your Wild World asks that you send gcode for one of your designs which they use, produce filament, and return to you, waiting for feedback. At the end, you are one of the lucky recipients who has full accesss to Parfait Printing technology before anyone else, so that you can go to town designing color prints ahead of the crowd.

YWW, based in Hollis, New Hampshire, is a small startup on a mission to make multi-color 3D printing available to everyone. They are launching the Kickstarter campaign as a call to all 3D printing enthusiasts, as well as ‘hackers, makers, tinkerers, and artists.’ If you are interested, check out their Kickstarter campaign here and get started on joining their team.

Is working with YWW and the Parfait Printing project something that interests you? Share your thoughts with us in the Parfait Printing forum over at 3DPB.com.

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