The Da Vinci Color 5D Looks Like a Multi-Machine Maker’s Dream

 da Vinci Color 5D 3D printer. [Photo via XYZprinting]
da Vinci Color 5D 3D printer. [Photo via XYZprinting]

Taiwanese 3D printer manufacturer XYZprinting introduced the da Vinci Color 5D 3D printer at CES 2020. 

This 5D 3D printer is a combination of a few favorite maker and desktop technologies: it’s a fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D printer, a laser engraver, and a regular 2D printer. 

da Vinci Color 5D Hardware Features

One interesting feature of the da Vinci 5D is its tool-to-tool mutability. It comes with a quick-release extruder to switch between FDM nozzles and a laser engraver attachment. The FDM nozzles allow the user to print in a variety of different PLA filaments, including metallic and carbon fiber ones. The laser engraver accommodates engravings in leather, plastic, wood, paper and cardboard. 

Another interesting feature of this variable machine is the two ways in which it leverages regular CMYK 2D printer colors. The four basic 2D colors (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) used to print color images on a variety of papers are subtractive in character. 

Not in a manufacturing sense (like in how a CNC machine uses subtractive manufacturing) but in a 2D printing sense: The CYMK colors act as filters to subtract certain wavelengths of light.

The da Vinci 5D applies CYMK to a special PLA material that absorbs colored ink, enabling users to 3D print with a full range of colors. The machine also prints in 2D, just like a typical desktop printer.


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