This may all begin to change, however, as Apple has recently begun to investigate the development of color 3D printers. The 3D printing technology is not new of course. Apple now uses 3D printing to create prototypes for its new designs.
The result is a pretty standard looking 3D printer with a second smaller nozzle off to the side. The patent application, called “Method and apparatus for three dimensional printing of colored objects“, could potentially be a huge step in advancing 3D printing technologies, and if it the research comes to fruition, we could one day see Apple introducing 3D printing technologies into the mainstream. The system would involve two print heads – one for depositing material, one for depositing color. “We believe these patents reflect the most advanced and functional 3D printer available anywhere today”. In one application, 3D models that include color can be sold by companies, enabling everyday consumers to create their own objects at home.
Apple apart from being famous for its products is also famous for filing patents for unique and interesting products.
The primary print head will make objects from many layers of plastic-like material. Lastly, the coloring… sorry again… this too has been done. “Files Provisional Patent Application Related to 3D …”, Investingnews.com published: “Graphene 3D Lab Announces R&D-Royalty Agreement with a Fortune 500 Manufacturer” on December 01, 2015. Sam wrote at 12/4/2015 4:36:36 PM: That is only patent application. Scott wrote at 12/4/2015 2:00:34 PM: They now have a patent on painting a 3D printed object?”as well as alternative coloring processes which consist of adding color after the 3D object has been sanded or finished” Scott wrote at 12/4/2015 1:50:04 PM: Sounds like they just recived a patent on painting a 3D print.”as well as alternative coloring processes which consist of adding color after the 3D object has been sanded or finished” Makernot wrote at 12/4/2015 1:32:47 PM: Hmm. There are many approaches for colouring filament both before and after printing many RepRappers already try pre-colouring filament by using marker pens before they go into the extruder head, and a company like Spectrom are developing a technique for colouring the filament to any custom colour on demand but nobody has found an automated approach to nearly spraying the model to desired colours post printing, on the desktop anyway.
As with all patents, there’s no word as to whether Apple will take it any further than this.
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