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Dyeing SLS 3D Printed Parts: Benefits and Workflow

In this white paper, we will review the considerations, advantages and disadvantages, and available methods for dyeing SLS parts. We will also provide a step-by-step workflow, including preparation techniques and post-dye finishing options.

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Dyeing is a low-cost method to color SLS parts that enhances their aesthetics while maintaining mechanical properties. Whether one is looking to do a small batch of colored parts, or Pantone- match high-throughput production, dyeing methods exist to fit every workflow.


  1. Introduction
  2. Considerations
  3. Dyeing Methods
  4. Testing
  5. Conclusions


When choosing a dyeing system, one should consider the part size, quantities, price, and levels of color consistency required. Dyeing systems range from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars, and the price is often commensurate with the level of quality and consistency achievable. The four most common methods for dyeing 3D printed parts each have distinct advantages, and it’s important to set expectations regarding color quality and budget before choosing a method.

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