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Wikoff Digital is Bringing 3D Printing to Life with Color Dispersions

by Ink Specialist|06.03.20


Wikoff Digital is Bringing 3D Printing to Life with Color Dispersions

In its infancy stages 3D printing was seen as a gimmicky, futuristic process to print trinkets and small renderings of final products you hoped to produce, but it has quickly moved to a viable production technique.

As the expectations surrounding 3D printing shifts, the requirements for the raw materials used are changing as well. Gone are the days of dull, monochromatic 3D printed objects, say hello to vibrant and vivid color production. Keep reading to learn more about the Wikoff Digital products that make this possible.

Remind me…How does 3D printing work again?

While there are many 3D printing processes available today, the color dispersions we’re referring to are used in three different types of resin 3D printing: Stereolithography Apparatus (SLA), Digital Light Processing (DLP) and Inkjet.

Ok, so how do we add color?

Until now, making sure 3D printed objects look pretty wasn’t a priority, but that’s changed now that production has scaled up for consumer products. Wikoff Digital has formulated 3D dispersions that act as the colorants for the resins used in the processes outlined above. The resins are typically designed and manufactured by the 3D printer manufacturers and in some cases resin manufacturers (typically chemical manufacturers).

How Can Wikoff Digital help?

Wikoff’s capabilities as a toll manufacturer and design shop makes us valuable for customers requesting specialty colors. Since Wikoff Digital 3D dispersions are an ingredient in the final products, we know how important it is for our materials to remain stable and non-reactive with the materials that each specific manufacturer is using.