Jump to content
Ultimaker Community of 3D Printing Experts
Sign in to follow this  

coloring PLA prints with dye

Recommended Posts

I have heard that not everything can color PLA filament well, but just FYI the first thing I tried worked OK: metal layout dye. I didn't use paint, because I didn't want to increase the diameter of the part. I tried it on an 8 mm shaft I printed and the fit remains the same, so I think the dimension did not change more than 0.1 mm anyway.

This fluid comes in only a few colors, most frequently blue or red. I tried some blue on the light-blue PLA that came with my UM2. It turned it a nice dark blue-purple. The color was not entirely even since I brushed it on, but that might be improved with some more care.

Be aware the smell is somewhat annoying, although not awful. The label says it contains Ethanol, Butyl Acetate, Isopropanol, Nitrocellulose, 1-Butanol, Propyl Acetate and to use with adequate ventilation.

The exact product I used was Dykem 80300 BLUE from http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0018ACR6G/

and they also have it in red color.

Another brand is Beechem who have blue, red, green, black, purple, yellow and orange. http://www.shelbygemfactory.com/KelleyBeechem-Labs_ep_34-1.html



Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Our picks

    • How to 3D print with reinforced engineering materials
      Ultimaker is hosting a webinar where we explain how you can achieve and maintain a high print success rate using these new reinforced engineering materials. Learn from Ultimaker's Product Manager of Materials and top chemical engineer Bart van As how you can take your 3D printing to that next level.
      • 2 replies
    • "Back To The Future" using Generative Design & Investment Casting
      Designing for light-weight parts is becoming more important, and I’m a firm believer in the need to produce lighter weight, less over-engineered parts for the future. This is for sustainability reasons because we need to be using less raw materials and, in things like transportation, it impacts the energy usage of the product during it’s service life.
        • Like
      • 12 replies

Important Information

Welcome to the Ultimaker Community of 3D printing experts. Visit the following links to read more about our Terms of Use or our Privacy Policy. Thank you!