Stratasys J835™ and J850™ 3D printers are PANTONE Validated™. This is the first additive manufacturing technology that offers professional design realism. Pantone, a leading global authority on professional colour standards in multiple vertical industries helps designers, modelers, and manufacturers all over the world accurately define, communicate, and consistently reproduce colours. Using a simple workflow, Stratasys CMYK colours can be matched to 1,970 printable Pantone Colours, Solid Coated and SkinTones™. 3D printing with Pantone reduces time and costs significantly and ensures superior colour fidelity.
This article describes recommendations and tips for best colour results when printing 3D parts with Pantone Colours on Stratasys 3D printers:
- Supported Printers, Materials, and Modes
- Preparing for 3D Printing
- Printing Parts with Pantone Colours
Learn about the process in the videos below:
Supported Printers, Materials and Modes
Create prototypes that look, feel and function like the finished product. The Stratasys J850 can produce more than 500,000 colour combinations, print seven resins simultaneously and provide multi-material capabilities that bring even the most imaginative ideas to life — allowing you to make more accurate design decisions earlier in the process.
|Stratasys J850 (software version 184.108.40.20647 D97.1 and above), Stratasys J835 (software version
220.127.116.1148 D98.1 and above)
|High Mix, High Quality (High Speed is not supported.)
|STLs (colour per shell)
|GrabCAD Print™ version 1.28 and above (Note: The advanced slicer must be enabled.)
Preparing for Printing
Proper file preparation, printing material usage, and colour selection and assignment are required for best results when printing Pantone colours.
- Pantone colours have been tested and validated for parts printed as follows:
- a flat and glossy surface.
- a 1-mm thick colour coating over a 4-mm thick core made of Vero PureWhite.
- Other geometries and thickness might result in colour differences.
- It is recommended to use the Pantone PMS Colour Guides for Solid Coated and SkinTone™ to identify the colour you wish to 3D print.
Tip: Make sure that the guides are current and in good condition. Pantone recommends purchasing new guides annually, because the colours change over time.
- Use STL files. VRML files are not supported.
- In GrabCAD Print, the advanced slicer must be enabled to use the Pantone Colours.
- Pantone Colours are not suitable for printing on walls that are less than 3-mm thick.
- These five materials must be loaded in the material cabinet (see Figure 3):
- Vero PureWhite
- The sixth material can be any material you choose (for example, VeroClear™, Agilus30™ White).
- When printing the Pantone Colours, the VeroVivid materials are opaque, due to the Vero PureWhite core. Transparency is not supported.
- Avoid switching materials to prevent colour contamination that might adversely affect colour accuracy. If you switched materials, perform two material replacement cycles to flush the system thoroughly and achieve the intended colour accuracy.
- Printed colours may vary from the Pantone Colours due to several factors, such as temperature, materials, printer maintenance and calibration. The degree of colour matching between the Pantone Colour and the printed colour is indicated in GrabCAD Print next to the Pantone Colour.
Tip: With Pantone Colours, the colour of the model on the build tray in GrabCAD Print will be the actual colour of the printed model.
Printing Parts with Pantone Colours
- Load the Model printing materials listed above.
- In the Preferences dialog box, click PolyJet™ and make sure that the Enable advanced slicer checkbox is selected.
- Insert your part into GrabCAD Print.
- Display the Print Settings dialog box and select PANTONE®.
Tip: If the Pantone button is disabled, you need to enable the advanced slicer as described in step 2.
- From the Book drop-down list, select the Pantone Solid Coated or SkinTone™ guide.
- In the search box, enter the Pantone Colour value you wish to print. Alternatively, you can select from the
list of colours or enter the equivalent Hex or RGB values for the colour you wish to print.
Tip: When entering an RGB value, write it inside parenthesis. For example (68, 161, 210).
A range of Pantone Colours appear.
- Assign the selected Pantone Colours to the part and print.
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