Guest Post By: Christopher Hayes, Special Aerospace Services, & Drew Wallace, MarkForged
Henry Ford is believed to have said, “any customer can have a car painted any color that they want so long as it is black.” Ford eventually offered cars in many more colors once production ramped up.
MarkForged is on a similar trajectory – the Mark One is just as revolutionary as the Model T. You can also have parts in any color you like, as long as it’s white, offset by the color of any composites embedded in the part.
There are four color combinations available from the nozzle:
- White: Nylon without any composite reinforcement
- White and Gold: Nylon reinforced by Kevlar®
- White and White: Nylon reinforced by Fiberglass
- White and Black: Nylon reinforced by Carbon Fiber
These color combinations are great for rapid prototypes and mechanically functional parts, but may be limiting for producing finished goods and consumer facing products.
There is an easy solution to this problem, dye.