Experimental Image Mapping with Color Blending in Voxelizer
With image mapping with color blending, we’re taking multi-material 3D printing to the next level.
We’re continuously trying to push forward the limitations of desktop 3D printing and utilize the full potential of ZMorph 2.0 SX machine. Our latest experiments led to innovations in two-material printing with DUAL PRO toolhead that soon will enable you to put colorful textures and images on your prints.
Experiments with Image Mapping
New Image Mapping functionality in Voxelizer software enables placing 2D images on 3D objects and printing them with DUAL PRO toolhead. Color blending technique utilized in the fabrication process is the next step between two color and full-color 3D printing.
Currently, no other 3D printing software or 3D printer achieves such level of details in image mapping with color blending. We were able to successfully print patterns, textures and whole images of cats and even the famous Mona Lisa painting.
How does it work? Your image is pasted around the object, so the 3D shape needs to be taken into account when preparing the 2D file. During printing, the DUAL PRO extruder switches and blends filaments based on a number of shades set up. It also hides the switches inside the object instead of creating an artifact or outline around it. The object itself is much thicker but this enables achieving more aesthetic and detailed surfaces.
You can test this experimental feature in the unstable version of Voxelizer, which can be turned on in the Help menu. Right now, the Image Mapping offers five presets of shapes, including flower pot, vase, and twisted pipes. You can edit shapes of these presets and their size, but soon you’ll be able to place images on any 3D object that you want.
Image mapping with color blending feature is still experimental and limited. For example, in the unstable version of Voxelizer, you can edit the object but not the printing setup which is set at the optimal speed, layer height, and width. Color blending right now offers up to 8 shades and works with PLA filaments only. These software, color, and material options will all be expanded as we continue to tweak and improve the Image Mapping feature.
We plan to introduce the stable version of Image Mapping in one of the upcoming updates for Voxelizer software. With gradual color blending and the ability to paste images on any 3D object, you’ll be able to manufacture truly unique multi-material and multicolored objects with it.
Future applications of Image Mapping
Image mapping and color blending both have a great potential for arts, crafts and even rapid prototyping as prints made with DUAL PRO toolhead will be able to emulate certain textures and colors without any post-production.
Feel free to experiment with image mapping and color blending in the unstable version of Voxelizer software or wait just for a little longer as we’re preparing these innovative solutions to unlock the full potential of multi-material 3D printing with ZMorph 2.0 SX.