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3DChimera adds new vibrant colors to its flagship Dyeformer system

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3D printing company 3DChimera has introduced new enhancements to its flagship product, the Dyeformer at Formnext 2023.

Following last year’s successful launch, the Dyeformer addressed a market need for an accessible, affordable, and consistent method to dye traditionally white or gray powder bed fusion 3D printed Nylon PA12 parts. This year’s update introduces eight new dye colors, providing users with enhanced ease of use and a broader range of vibrant options for 3D printed parts.

3DChimera's Dyeformer system. Photo via 3DChimera.
3DChimera’s Dyeformer system. Photo via 3DChimera.

Expanded color palette and affordable pricing

The recently introduced dye colors encompass magenta, red, orange, yellow, green, teal, blue, and purple. These dyes, now accessible for purchase alongside the Dyeformer machine, come in 1, 4, and 12-pack configurations. Maintaining a competitive pricing strategy at $4,999 USD, the Dyeformer significantly undercuts competitors whose machines are priced between $15,000 and $60,00, says the company. Emphasizing the design intent, Alex Hussain, Owner of 3DChimera, highlights that the Dyeformer is engineered to streamline the dyeing process, ensuring consistent and replicable outcomes while introducing a spectrum of color options.

Equipped for dyeing a variety of materials, the Dyeformer system handles PA12, CF/GF PA12, PA11, CF/GF PA11, TPE, TPU, PBT, and 365, 385, and 405NM resin materials produced through SLS, MJF, SAF, SLA, DLP, and mSLA processes. The black dye solution is designed for reusability for up to 30 days, while the newly introduced color dye solutions can be utilized for up to 24 hours. With the expansion of this product line, 3DChimera aims to establish partnerships with new distributors and organizations to tackle post-production workflow challenges within the industry effectively.

Technical specifications of the Dyeformer system

Max Part Size19.5 x 11.5 x 6 inches,
495 x 292 x 152 mm
Max Part Volume1,345 in3
22,040 cc
Basket SizeStandard – 16 x 8 x 4 inches, 407 x 203 x 101 mm;
XL – 17 x 9.5 x 6 inches, 432 x 241 x 152 mm
Tank Water Volume5.3 gal,
20.1 L
Dye Cycle Time1 hr
Black Dye: Water Ratio Grey Parts1 Bottle: 1 Tank
Black Dye: Water Ratio White Parts2 Bottles: 1 Tank
Color Dye: Water Ratio All Parts1 Bottle: 1 Tank
Dye ReuseBlack – Up to 30 days or 10-20kg of parts,
*Color – Up to 24hrs or 5-10kg of parts*
*Dependent on surface area of parts
Overall Dimensions22.4 x 16.9 x 10.9 inches,
569 x 429 x 276 mm
WeightBlack – Up to 30 days or 10-20kg of parts,
*Color – Up to 24hrs or 5-10kg of parts*
*Dependent on the surface area of parts
Power120 V, 60 Hz, 15A, 1800 W,
Includes 220V transformer, if needed
HS Code (Dyeformer)8419.89.9580
HS Code (Dye Mix)3204.13.10
HS Code (Transformer, if needed)8504.32.00

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Featured image shows 3DChimera’s Dyeformer system. Photo via 3DChimera.