*Note: All pledge levels updated to lifetime access*
With over a MILLION models it's no wonder that most 3D printer users rely on thingiverse.com for content.
But there are less than a thousand MultiColor models on thingiverse. As more people are buying MultiColor capable 3D printers this creates a problem, and there's no easy and inexpensive way to paint and slice 3D models.
Making MultiColor models is DIFFICULT!
The normal method to create a MultiColor model is to cut the model into different pieces, using a software program like NetFabb and Meshmixer, and then importing the different pieces into a 'Slicer' and assigning them to different extruders. This is fine for simple shapes but for complex and detailed shapes it’s too difficult for most users to do.
The only way to solve the 'Lack of multicolor models' problem is to enable easy MultiColoring of 3D models for everyone. That way anyone can make any model a MultiColor model.
What we need are software tools for painting and slicing and a community to remix all existing thingiverse.com models.
Since there are no easy tools that support preparing multicolor models for 3D printing we took on this challenge and created SimplyColor3D the first integrated solution for painting and slicing MultiColor 3D models.
We make MultiColor easier!
Introducing: SimplyColor3D - Every model MultiColor!
The worlds first software to color & slice, single body, 3D models.
SimplyColor3D allows anyone, of any skill level, to turn a single-body 3D model into a MultiColor 3D model, for 3D printing in multiple colors easily. All the 3D models that you design, all the models on thingiverse.com, and all the other online model repositories, can be colored with SimplyColor3D and 3D printed in multiple colors on any 3D Printer. This enables a level of freedom and customization never before seen. Every 3D model is now a MultiColor model. Every model can be colored unlimited times in different colors too. Maybe you think a robot should be blue with purple eyes but someone else thinks that same robot should be red with pink polka-dots all over; Using SimplyColor3D you can both be right! You can even share the color file and adjust the colors as you see fit.
With SimplyColor3D every 3D printer is MultiColor. When printing with a single filament 3D printer SimplyColor3D will pause the print at each color change and allow the user to replace the filament with the next color.
And what about the artists? Right now there is no good way for them to ensure that users print the models the way they intended. If the models had all the color information then it would be much easier for users to print models the way the artist intended. Easy painting means more people can express themselves with color too. More multicolor content means that it will be easier for potential users to find a use for 3D printing. More MultiColor models = more people adopting 3D printing. More 3D printing adopters means more content, lower prices, and a more personalized planet. The demand for MultiColor will create the expectation that all thingiverse.com uploads need a MultiColor remix.
Here is how it works: 1)Upload any 3D model to SimplyColor3D, 2) Easily color the 3D model, 3)Click 'slice' and the gcode will be emailed to you with instructions for printing.
Here is a little more detail on the user interface:
We think it's important that SimplyColor3D Adheres the industry standard way of doing things. That's why we use unwrapped Obj files with texture map png's. Models that are painted with SimplyColor3D are cross platform compatible with leading programs like Blender, Maya, 3DS, Rhino, Sculptris, and Vise versa.
SimplyColor3D has a main window where the 3D model is displayed on the left where the user loads an OBJ.
On the right hand side are the menus where models can be selected and the size of brush can be changed.
The color can be selected by either entering the exact RGB color code or by picking from a color wheel, or by using a color picker for selecting a color that is already painted on the model. This way the user can work with a standard set of colors easily switching between them.
Color picking and painting
The user clicks the 'slice' button and they are sent an email with a zip file attached. The Zip contains the .gcode, .obj, .png, and .mtl files.
Then just print it on your 3D printer.
Timelapse 3D printing Raving Rabbids:
Timelapse of printing and painting the Chibimals Fox:
Timelapse of printing and painting the Chibimals Sloth:
Timelapse of Painting and Printing Fortnite Lynx:
The default way of purging the old color during transition between colors is to use a purge block. The main problems with purge blocks are that they must be printed on every layer even if there are no color changes, and they take up space on the print bed, and the final blocks are too large to be directly extruded into filament again. Our solution fixes all these problems.
We’ve designed a new retractable purge mechanism. It mounts to the side of your 3D printer and works with SimplyColor3D to reduce waste and decrease purge time. With our retractable purge mechanism, material is only purged when a color change happens which mean fewer purges and faster prints. The retractable arm means zero reduction of the build area and turns color transition purge into little blobs. The blobs can be extruded, like with the Filabot of Kickstarter fame, which means literally ZERO WASTE!
Our new retractable purge mechanism will free up the print area from purge blocks even if your 3D printer extruder cannot move past the edge of the print bed.
The purge blobs can be recycled so there is zero waste:
Once the print is complete the user creates a remix on Thinigverse.com and uploads the painted 3D model files and tags it.
Imagine if you could go to thingiverse.com and find a MultiColor remix of any model - How cool would that be? How much happier would new users be? And how much better for people that don’t have the time or skill to paint the models themselves?
You may already have a slicer that you love and use all the time, maybe you even paid for it, but it's not going to help you with MultiColor printing. At their core they don't know anything about color. We've designed our solution with color in mind from the beginning.
There is already software that allows painting models in 3D. Some of them are very expensive. Those that are free are overly complex and difficult to use since their purpose is geared toward the movie and game industries of Hollywood. Sculptris was the best free 3D model painting program but it's not suitable for 3D printing because it lacks needed features like slicing, color picking, exact color codes, and preservation of form - all of which SimplyColor3D has.
As you can see from these comparisons SimplyColor3D is the ONLY solution that both paints and slices MultiColor 3D models for 3D printing - SimplyColor3D is the easiest software to unwrap, paint in 3D, and slice a 3D model for 3D printing!
- Cloud based software no download or installation required
- Load 3D models
- Automatically flatten/unwrap 3D models
- Paint 3D models with multiple colors
- Slice MultiColor models for any 3D printer including the 'Original Prusa i3 MK3 MMU2.0' FFF/FDM and the Mosaic Palette 2
- Email completed gcode
- Select brush color from infinite color palette
- Manually enter brush color from exact RGB color codes
- Color picker to select brush color from any part of the model
- Option to paint entire model with selected brush color
- Rotate view 3D
- Move view up/down/left/right
- Zoom view In/Out
- Hotkey shortcuts for all functions
- View and paint 2D UV texture
- Export model and texture color
- Purge in infill
SimplyColor3D is a Cloud application, which means it runs in your browser and doesn't require any software to be installed on your computer. It supports all operating systems (Windows, Mac, Linux) and a wide range of hardware. To run SimplyColor3D your computer must have the following capabilities:
- Operating system: Windows, Mac, Linux
- CPU: 3ghz dual core i5
- Memory: 16GB
- OpenGL: Must support at least OpenGL V3.3
- Graphics card: GTX1050 or better
- Browsers: 100% Tested with Chrome and FireFox (other browser may work)
- Internet connection: 10mb/s
- Any 3D printer
- Prusa MMU2S or Mosaic Palette 2 (Recommended)
- Drawing tablet (Recommended)
All pledge levels include Lifetime access and unlimited use of SimplyColor3D to paint and slice models and the build instructions for the purge mechanism.
The '+ hardware' pledge level also includes 3D printed parts and hardware (springs, and screws). This kit contains everything you need to build and a retractable purge mechanism to your 3D printer. Most printers will work with the purge mechanism but may also require some modification by the user to mount them. We will work with our backers to support mounting the Retractable Purge Mechanism on each of their 3D Printers.
All of the 3D printable files and instructions for the purge mechanism will be made available to ALL backers after the Kickstarter. You may choose to make the purge mechanism yourself but it will require some specific springs, screws, a modified thumb tack, a modified washer, aluminum tape, and kapton tape. All these things come already prepared in the kit so that only assembly is required.
SimplyColor3D will be rolled out to Kickstarter backers in the order they pledged. The length of time it takes for the backer roll-out will depend on the number of backers. There will be a period of time where we will onboard everyone and work with them to ensure that the platform is stable before it is made available to the public. This will probably take about 3 months before the general public will be allowed to subscribe to the service and access SimplyColor3D.
We are now ready with a Beta product. There are many enhancements which we will use the money to develop. The more we raise - the more features we can implement in the very near term. After that we will continue development as post Kickstarter sales allow. For the most part the funds will be used to support the Kickstarter users and provide updates, enhancements, and bug fixes. Here are some of the near term features and enhancements we will use the funds from Kickstarter pledge to develop:
- Thingiverse.com integration: Import, paint, and remix models directly in SimplyColor3D
- Multiple model layout: Arrange numerous MultiColor models in the build area
- GUI slicer settings: Change slicer settings in the cloud like layer height and nozzle size
- Auto convert obj: Convert other 3D formats into OBJ automatically on upload (i.e. STL STEP, 3MF, AMF)
- Direct gcode download
- GUI transforms: Scale & rotate models
- Orthogonal brush: Contour the surface of the model
- Custom stamps and brushes
- Advanced drawing tools (i.e. Lasso, Smart Fill)
- Display colored gcode: Show the multicolored gcode slice in the cloud before emailing
- Online repository for projects, gcode, and models: Save your painted models and print layouts in the cloud
SimplyColor3D enables everyone to be a graphic design artist. It's so easy that young or old, professional or hobbyist, anyone can turn boring single color models into exciting MultiColor 3D models.
If you want to paint your own models, or contribute to remixing models on thingiverse.com, or if you want to turn your single color 3D printer into a multicolor 3d printer, or extend your MMUS2 or Palette 2 with unlimited colors, or get rid of the giant wasteful purge blocks, then SimplyColor3D is for you.
We believe that 3D printing should be colorful. We need your support to bring SimplyColor3D - the simplest and most intuitive way to produce MultiColor models for 3D printing - to the WORLD!.
With your pledge we will grant you early access to SimplyColor3D and use the money to further the development of SimplyColor3D and our mission to make every 3D model MultiColor.
With over a million models that need painting it's going to take a while. Come on! Let's get started!!
Please make a pledge today and help bring SimplyColor3D to life =D
Risks and challenges
This is our very 1st Crowdfunding project, BUT we've already gotten SimplyColor3D working in Beta form, and since it's software there is no shipping to worry about. Once the project completes we will begin granting access to users in the order they pledged. We will phase 100% of backers into the application over the few first months to make sure our servers can handle the load. And since we've already done most of the development work, you can be sure that you will get access to the product you have seen demonstrated here.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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