5 Steps to Tie Dye Filament for Colored three dimensional Prints
With this tutorial – we’ve our new Community Manager, Zach Frew (a.k.a Frew) walking us through how you can dye your nylon filament to print in multi-colors!
When you are a Maker, you need to learn a variety of different skills… like baking! Right?
We’ve made the decision that Pinshape should possess some baking into our three dimensional printing (so we don’t mean printing cookie cutters!) so with this tutorial we’ll be baking… nylon filament. This can turn animation company Malaysia obvious filament into tie dye filament! This works extremely well to make water tight vases since the bond between layers of nylon is more powerful than individuals of other plastics. With this recipe, you’ll require the following:
Nylon filament (we’ll be utilising Taulman’s Nylon Bridge)
Fabric dye (we’ll be utilising Rit Dye)
Plastic bags or perhaps a pot or large bowl that you simply don’t particularly worry about
Zip ties or string
Step One: To obtain began, you’ll wish to bring your nylon making it into circular coils. I’ve found it simplest to wrap the nylon around something round after which tie them back with zip ties. You may make these coils as small or large as you would like or avoid coiling them whatsoever and rather dye a twisted mess of filament to create some interesting results.
Step Two: Bring water to some boil. While you’re awaiting water to boil, select a colour of dye to set up your bag or bowl. Mix the boiling water using the dye, ensuring to get rid of any protuberances in the batter so you finish track of an even mixture (we’re really pushing these baking puns).
Step Three: Now, you’re prepared to add some nylon! Carefully put your nylon coil in to the water for your preferred height (take it easy, it will not melt) and allow animation company Malaysia to soak for half an hour. Take away the nylon and rinse it in tepid to warm water, then cold water, before the excess dye is taken away. Rotate the coil and repeat as many sections as you would like to attain a tie-dye effect!
With this tutorial, I’ll make plenty of coils in several different colors.
Step Four: Since our nylon is dyed, it’s time for you to bake! For Taulman’s nylon bridge, heat the oven to 300 levels F (149 Celsius), though this might vary according to your particular material. Remove your zip ties or string in the coils and put them on the cookie sheet to bake for four hrs!
The main reason nylon works very well for tie-dye happens because it soaks up moisture readily but we’re likely to wish to remove this excess moisture just before printing and that’s why we’re baking it within the oven.
Step Five: Remove your nylon and allow it to awesome for any couple of minutes. We’re prepared to print! Do as instructed for the specific filament and obtain printing. Hint: for bigger coils, it’s useful to wind the coil onto a spool for simpler printing.
And we’re done! We’d like to see all of the wonderful color combinations and designs you develop so make certain to upload your prints to Pinshape to exhibit them off!
Here’s a couple of from the designs we thought would look great with dyed nylon!