Colorjet printers (CJP) provide the best solution for true, photo-realistic, full-color concept, and architectural and demonstration models. Finishes can vary based on desired effect. clear-coat, glossy, or dull, is often used to smooth the sand-like surface or a wax finish can be applied if the texture adds to the lifelikeness of the finished piece. This process uses fine white powder for the base material and otherwise is much like a standard paper inkjet printer where the color is jetted onto the surface. In addition to jetting color ink, Colorjet printers jet a thin binder that solidifies the powder in the part layer design. One layer on top of another is applied to create the 3D model.
These finished parts, although post-processed with a hardening agent, can be somewhat fragile in the finer features. ColorJet technology enables concept models of any complexity to be created quickly. A typical part can be printed in less than 3 days and are printed directly in color, which reduces time overall. CJP machines are perfect if you’re needing a fast, reliable, and affordable solution.
Try before you buy!
If you’re considering a purchase of a 3D printer you may want to test your part on one or multiple machines to determine the best investment.