Composite Multicolor

Information, tricks, know-how, and advice to help you print your 3D model in our Composite Multicolor material.

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Composite Multicolor Material Guide

What is Multicolor?

Our composite multicolor prints leave the printer fully colored, using a fine powdered material that resembles sandstone. The sandstone material is painted and adhered during the printing process. As the material is painted during the process, the file uploaded to the sculpteo website must also contain the texture information. For more information, refer to our section about file formats.

We are able to print in 390,000 different colors. Composite Multicolor prints are thus the most rapid and economic way to arrive at a full colored object.

Objects printed in composite multicolor can withstand temperatures of up to 60°C (140°F) – beyond that the object’s properties can be significantly altered. Composite Multicolor objects are also somewhat fragile (comparable to a porcelaine), so it is important to handle them with caution.

The prints have a gritty surface and are relatively porous. It is thus important to avoid direct contact with water as it could result in discoloration or running of the colors.

What can you do with Multicolor material?

Composite Multicolor is the only material which can 3D print in full color. This makes it the perfect material for figurines, avatars, 3D-scans, or anything that require full color.

The material is as solid and breakable as porcelain, so it is important to use caution when handling or transporting your object. Given its fragile nature, the material serves most effectively for ornamental objects, that aren’t handled much.

As stated earlier, the object can handle temperatures of up to 60°C (140°F). Subject your object to temperatures higher than that will have a negative effect on its stability. Water contact should also be avoided: any contact with water has the ability to have an effect on the object.

Pricing​

The printing price of your design is calculated automatically the moment it is uploaded. As you modify your object (changing material, finishing, size, using batch control or hollowing feature, etc.) you will note that the price changes automatically. The pricing is based on a series of factors, including total volume, object size, and bounding box – to name a few.

Keep in mind that adding finishing will extend the processing time. The estimated shipping time is also calculated automatically as the object is uploaded and each time you make a modification on it. Delivery time should be added to processing time.

For more information, check our pricing page

What is the 3D printing process for our Multicolor material?

At Sculpteo, we use a ZCorp 3D printer for our composite multicolor prints. 

What are the finishing options available?

There are two finishing options available through Sculpteo:

  • Raw: the object is only cleaned of excess powder. This finishing leaves a grainy, rough surface.
  • Matte Varnish: the object is coated with a layer of varnish. This increases its resistance to humidity, water, and tumblings. This option leaves a matte finish.

Since the color of the object is printed directly onto the piece, you must upload a file that includes both the volume and texture information. This can be done by grouping the two files (volume and texture) into the same .zip file. It will then be the .zip that you will upload to our website, which is able to interpret all of the information within them.

The texture file can include any of the visible colors at a finesse of 600 x 540 PPI, however small differences in particular colors may appear between the objects you print, such as blacks and flesh colors. This is a result of the shape of your object and the pigment we use in our prints.

Standard layer thickness100 µm

Our 3D printer, the ZCorp ZPrinter 650, allows us to print with a layer thickness of 100µm (0.1mm).

Maximum size254 x 381 x 203 mm

The maximum dimensions of your models are limited by the physical size of the printer itself. Your designs must respect the maximum print size in order to be printed.

In order to be printed, the composite multicolor object must also correspond with the minimum size of 2 x 2 x 2 mm.

Minimum wall thickness2 mm
Minimum wall thickness particular design aspects3 mm


wall thickness

The walls of your object must be thick enough to withstand the printing and extraction that the object will go through. They also must be thick enough to bear the weight of the object itself. We highly recommend creating an object with walls that are thicker than the minimum. If the walls are smaller than 2mm, it is always preferable to modify the design. For example, if you are modelling a bust of a person, you can attach thin aspects of the design like the ears in more places around. Doing that will avoid cantilevered and easily breakable elements in the final print.

A stemmed element is a design aspect which is at least twice as long as it is thick. For unsupported and stemmed elements or parts of the design with a particular design constraint, it is also important to respect a minimum thickness of 3 mm in order to guarantee the object will not break.

Sculpteo offers an online solidity check tool which highlights parts of the print that may be too thin for a print. From there you are able to tweak your design in order to create an object that is an appropriate thickness. To use it, you just need to upload your 3D file, select your material and click on “Verification” tab.

Do not forget

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Keep in mind that our solidity check tool does not detect physical aberrations such as floating parts, unstable position, parts supporting too much weight relative to their thickness, etc. Particular care must be given to the geometry of your design and the most stressed parts must be thickened.

Minimum size of details0.4 mm
Minimum height and width detailsEmbossed: 0.4 mm 
Engraved: 0.5 mm
Minimum height and width for a readable text0.5mm
Enlargement ratio1/1

A detail’s minimum precision is mainly determined by the resolution of our 3D printers. However, during the cleaning process, a fine layer of detail can also be lost. In order for a detail and text to be visible we recommend following our recommended sizes at the very least.

It’s possible that particularly fine embossings and engravings will not be visible, as the carving could get filled with excess powder that is later unable to be cleaned out. If an embossing or engraving is an essential part of your design we recommend making them as deep as possible. To ensure a better powder removal (thus better detail visibility), the width of your details must be at least as big as depth.

Keep in mind that composite multicolor material is fragile: thin unsupported parts such as less than 1mm hair or spikes may not be printed or can break while removing the powder. We recommend to thicken them or to add supports.

Enclosed parts?No
Interlocking parts?No

interlocking parts

Minimum spacing between fixed walls0.9 mm

Our 3D prints require a minimum space between fixed walls. This minimum space allows the excess powder to be cleared from between the design aspects. The ZCorp mineral powder can stick two walls together if there is not enough clearance between them. For this, a minimum space of at least 0.9 mm between walls is required.

Reaching deep areas is more difficult while cleaning and gluing. For this reason, the deeper the object is the bigger empty space should be.

Assembly?Yes
Minimum space between attached pieces0.4 mm
Minimum space needed for a large assembly0.9 mm

Composite Multicolor 3D prints cannot be printed fully assembled. It is, however, possible to print parts to assembled after 3D printing. To do so, it is necessary to leave space between the different parts of the object. The amount of space you plan on leaving depends on the object’s intended use. For larger pieces that require a lot of movement, more space is necessary. If you’re looking for a piece with more limited movement, steer closer to the 0.4 mm minimum in spacing between the objects. More commonly, such as a teapot’s cap, a difference of 0.9 mm is required to create a removable and fully functional top.

Hollowing?No

hollowing

It is not possible to 3D print a 3D file containing several objects with our 3D composite multicolor printers.

Files with Multiple Objects ?No


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It is not possible to 3D print a 3D file containing several objects with our 3D composite multicolor printers.

Mechanical PropertiesConditionsUnitValue
Tensile ModulusN/mm26405
Tensile strengthN/mm29
Elongation at break%0.25
Melting point°C112

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