Painter - 3D object automated coloring

Kikai Labs, a desktop 3D printer manufacturer based in Argentina, has developed a new accessory that allows a 3D printer to paint multiple colors of your choice, while printing, using magic markers.

The current desktop 3D printers rely on multiple printheads with different spools of pre-dyed filament, so users can only switch colors per layer and they are likely stuck printing in two or three colors. And full-color printers are really expensive.

Kikai Labs’ approach involves a combination of self-developed hardware and software. The method allows for very precise painting, including lettering and even photographic reproductions, at a very low cost.

Integrated into the hot end head, this system includes precision servo motors and 3D printed parts that hold more than three markers. Kikai Labs developed their own colored-object slicer which works with Slic3r and run independently of each other.

Marcelo Ruiz Camauër
Software development manager (Product Owner), Agile SAFe 5.0 certified practicioner Dallas, TX