In one color 3D printing process, color is applied by jetting ink onto a layer of powder in a build bed. At the recent RAPID show in Pittsburgh, Mcor Technologies Ltd. demonstrated its color 3D printing systems. Part of the process it uses to achieve color is with a special software program, named ColourIT, which prepares 3D data files for full-color 3D printing on the Mcor IRIS 3D printer. Used in conjunction with Mcor’s SliceIT software, which slices a computer model into printable layers and enables parts to be positioned within the printer’s build chamber, ColourIT applies color to the 3D digital files prior to slicing them in SliceIT. After the color is applied, the model is exported as a WRL file, which is then imported into SliceIT for preparation for 3D printing. ColourIT can also check file integrity to ensure the 3D model is a waterproof manifold. The software is compatible with many file formats, including, STL, WRL, OBJ, 3DS, FBX, DAE and PLY.
ColourIT enhances 3D data files with color, texture maps, engineering labels, logos and more, by applying them directly to the surface of the 3D model. The ability to 3D print in full color lets users produce realistic prototypes for sales and marketing projects, or for applications where color is critical, such as consumer products, GIS, architecture, entertainment, and medical modeling.
ColourIT is available and ships with the Mcor IRIS 3D printer.