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Sep 11, 2017

New colour; Apricot Skin – doll skin tone

written by Hendrie Feringa

As of today we have an incredible new colour available: Apricot Skin. This new colour is available in PLA and Innoflex45.

Bayer Design - Germany

As of today we have an incredible new colour available: Apricot Skin.
This new colour is available in PLA and Innoflex 45. We developed this colour in collaboration with the renowned doll maker Bayer Design from Michelau, Germany.

To mimic a skin tone the company requested Innofil3D to realise a filament in PLA and Innoflex45.
Based on the pigment requirements of Bayer Design, we developed this colour for their application.

PLA

The PLA version offers you easy printing, with high dimensional stability and a high printing success rate. For skin tone parts that need to be more rigid, the PLA version of this colour will be ideal filament.

Bayer Design initiated the request to develop a specific colour for their application. The company has been using 3D-printing since 2015 and uses it primarily for prototyping purposes. Bayer Design explains: “3D printing is a cost effective way to speed up the development of new products, it’s currently the best way to develop all kind of toys. PLA was our first choice as it’s an easy to handle printing material which can be printed with less than 200°C. The lower the temperature, the longer the printer can run without maintenance. Also it offers easy post processing and it’s recyclable as well.”

Innoflex45

The Innoflex 45 version of Apricot Skin offers you flexible parts with a high impact strength.

When you need parts that mimic skin tone, have a comfortable touch and are high impact resistant the Innoflex45 Apricot Skin will be a great solutions for your application.
Bayer Design: “The FLEX material is the only way to replicate “Vinyl” material of regular productions. All parts that require to have a soft surface, like the hands of a doll, can now be printed. The result is a close to production prototype which can be shown on a fair or be sent to a customer.”

Develop - Testing - Result

Bayer Design; “At the beginning of 3D printing we have tested about 20 different manufactures and 5 types of Filament. After all that testing, we finally decided to use PLA from Innofil3D. Compared to others it has continuously high quality, nice printing results even at a layer height of 0.2mm and a perfect range of colours for our requirements. The only missing colour was a skin tone filament, so we started to get in contact with Innofil3D. With the first answer we started immediately to develop the colour and it was a motivated, fast and successful conversation with the result of a new colour.”

What makes this case so unique is that the development of this colour was a joint effort, based on the application requirements of Bayer Design. Another great feature of this collaboration is the sharing of knowledge. In order to print Innoflex45 on an Ultimaker 2+ Bayer Design invested a lot of time and effort in experimenting with the setting in Cura.
Although the general perception was that you can’t print Flex on an Ultimaker he managed to figure out what the appropriate setting are and was open to share this with us and the 3D-printing community.

The result of this joint effort is a new colour for the Bayer Design and 3D-printing users in general and knowledge about 3D- printing Innoflex 45 on an Ultimaker 2+.

APRICOT SKIN IS AVAILABLE AT OUR RESELLERS.

Flex Cura

Settings Innoflex 45 on an Ultimaker (Cura) by Bayer Design

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