The additive production usually uses different types of plastic materials as raw material, but there are appear metal and other materials too. Depends on the material type the colors can be ordinary colors like blue, green, red, yellow or unique like beige, ice blue, amethyst, stone color, gold, marble, etc. The type of the printer is also impacts, which color and material we can use during one print process. Since the printer I use belongs to the family of so-called single extruder machines, it can only apply one color at a time.
Therefore, we cannot mix the colors and we cannot make multicolor prints. But, we can also use DIY tricks, which can help us until a level to replace the lack of a modern equipment. Here are some examples:
The following road sign cone are made with a simpler solution. After a predetermined layer based on a computer programming command, the printer stops and resumes printing after changing the filament.
Double color name board:
In this case, the board was made with a completely different solution. Here, the workpiece does not consist of one whole, but it is divided into two parts. One part is the text and the other is the table part. First, the part containing the letters is made of a given color, and then the back of the board with the second color on the same layer.
7 colors statue:
This sculpture was made by abstract sculptor Barbara Hepworth. It consists of 7 colors, which are silk yellow, bright orange, red, silk white, gold, glitter amethyst and finally christmas green. The types of materials are mixed in this case as well, as PLA, PLA Bio Plus and Silk materials are also available.