The new colours will be commercially available from July 2020 on and will be tested with selected customers in a beta program.
DyeMansion, the global leader in Additive Manufacturing post-processing systems, has developed and released 17 new vibrant colour for post-processing 3D printed parts from HPs Multi Jet Fusion process (4200/5200 series).
For plastics with a grey base material, the colour options have been very limited to black and dark shades. So, the post-processing experts used their DeepDye Colouring process to develop the new colours thus enabling users to transform their dull grey parts to vibrant attractive colours.
DyeMansion has been a leader in the dye business for 3D printed parts. They have been offering their customers the largest colour database on the market. From standard colours and colour choices according to colour systems such as RAL or Pantone to individual recipes for corporate colours, skin tones or colours with special properties such as Automotive ColorsX with increased light and heat resistance, there are many options.
Speaking on the development of the new colours, Kai Witter, Chief Customer Officer at DyeMansion said, “The number of HP systems in the market is growing and our customers’ demand for vibrant colours for their grey parts was strong. We have taken up this challenge and now respond to the needs of the market with a new colour line. We are looking forward to the first colourful products on the market and are excited to see which industry will be the forerunner here.”
Special Recipe for Vibrant Colours to open up New Fields of Applications
The 17 new colours range from classic black and grey tones, through rich blue tones, to strong red tones. The new line also includes refreshing green and turquoise tones as well as a lively yellow and a vibrant pink. A previously unseen colour spectrum on grey parts. This opens up completely new fields of applications for AM products made of PA12 (HP 3D HR PA 12), for example in the consumer goods sector, for orthopaedics or the automotive industry for high-value interior parts.
During the DyeMansion DeepDye Colouring process, the dyes react with the base material in a water bath under pressure and heat – in contrast to spraypainting. The dyes penetrate up to 200 μm into the open pores of the parts. Parameters such as the colour of the base material or the surface treatment of the part are important factors influencing the final colour. As with all DyeMansion colours, the new colour line was developed with surface treatment in mind. The selected process here is mechanical PolyShot Surfacing (PSS) with the DyeMansion Powershot S. The automated, mechanical blasting process achieves a homogenization of the surface and is perfectly suited for processing hard plastics. Other surface processes such as the chemical VaporFuse Surfacing (VFS) influence the colouring result and can also be tested for the new colours in cooperation with DyeMansion directly.
To achieve these vibrant colours on a grey base material, DyeMansion developed a completely new recipe that cannot be reproduced with manual pot dyeing solutions or other colouring systems on the market. Philipp Kramer, Co-Founder & CTO of DyeMansion explains in detail, “In order to achieve strong colours even on parts with grey base material with immediate effect, we have redefined our process and developed a special recipe. The handling remains easy for our customers, because no DM60 hardware or software adjustments are necessary to use the new colours.”
Beta Program, Webinars and Availability of Colour Samples
DyeMansion has launched a Beta program to test the new colours with select customers. This Beta program aims to be able making concrete recommendations for optimum production parameters and post-processing steps after the program is complete. Users who own a HP Jet Fusion 4200 or 5200 system as well as a DyeMansion Powershot S and DyeMansion DM60 can now participate in the beta program.
Requests for the beta program or single colour samples can be done by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or direct through a DyeMansion contact. Large quantities of the colour samples can be ordered from June 2020.
From July 2020 on, the new colours will be commercially available and can then be ordered in the form of DM60 colour cartridges or via the On-Demand Finishing Service.
In order to provide a deeper understanding of the new offer, DyeMansion is hosting upcoming webinars on the new colours. The webinar series “17 vibrant colours to bring your grey HP Multi Jet Fusion parts to life” will be held for the first time next week on 05.05.2020 at 10:00 a.m. (CET) for Europe and Asia Pacific regions. Another webinar for viewers from the United States and Canada will take place on May 14, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. (EST). Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during a Q&A session to R&D expert Constanza Oszwald, who developed the new colour offering.
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