Full-color 3D printing simplifies the packaging decoration process

Lisa Pierce in Decorating on October 19, 2015

Most packaging prototypes created on 3D printers are decorated in a secondary process, usually by adding a label after the fact. But did you know that you can create full/multi-color prototypes or parts in one step?

The samples seen at the Northeast CNC Technologies booth at PhillyPack 2015 (see photo above) show how intricately color can be incorporated into packages or parts being created. The globe, for example, accurately depicts land, water and other geological features.

Northeast CNC Technologies is the Mid-Atlantic distributor for 3D Systems, a company that provides 3D digital design and fabrication solutions, including 3D printers, print materials and cloud-sourced custom parts.

Here’s how it works: 3D Systems’ ColorJet Printing (CJP) technology uses an inkjet-like printing head that adds liquid color over the bed of powder material in cross sections to create colored packages and parts.

Adding four CJP printing heads with blue (cyan), red (magenta), yellow and black (CMYK) gives you the full color gamut to reproduce nearly any printed package in one step, saving time, effort and cost by eliminating the secondary decorating step.


Passionate about 3D Printing? Learn about the latest developments at MinnPack 2015, Nov. 4-5, in Minneapolis.


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