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3mf Surface Color

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I was under the impression that the 3mf file type stored information about color/appearance... When I create a part in Solidworks, I am aware of the fact that I can create a part with multiple bodies which I can then separate in Cura. However, I was wondering if it is possible for Cura to read in the surface color of faces as designated in Solidworks and assign a secondary extruder for those faces.

 

To be more specific, I would like to use the compare documents function from Solidworks, which then gives me all of the different surfaces colored in red, which I would like to pass along to Cura - to print those faces in a secondary color on my UM3E.

 

The easiest solution would be through Cura if it's available, because creating new solid bodies from the colored faces can be quite tedious.

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Although that surface color is set by 3mf, it's hard to actually do something with surface information with FFF printing. This is mostly because a surface is infinitely thin and we need actual volume in order to switch between extruders. You can't simply print a so-called "ideal" line.

So if you want certain parts to be print with a separate extruder, export them as separate volumes.

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