All About Color

We’ve talked before about how the right finish on a 3D-printed object can swiftly and easily elevate a product from a prototype to a polished, functional, and aesthetically pleasing piece.

The same goes for color.

Color holds profound power. For millennia, humans have used color to convey messages, evoke emotion, and to make the world, well, more fun.

It can play a crucial role in the emotional and psychological well-being of someone using a 3D-printed prosthetic. It can play a vital role in the design process and influence industries ranging from healthcare to consumer products. It can serve simply for aesthetic purposes or even extend beyond that.

From cultural symbolism to personal interpretations, color plays a crucial role in enhancing personalization, emotional connections, and functionality.

The Impact of Color

Benefits to Prosthetics

Prosthetic limbs, beyond their functional role, serve as an extension of an individual’s body. Giving those with limb differences the opportunity to choose the color of their prostheses can signify empowerment, offering them control over their appearance and how they present themselves to the world.

The ability to match a 3D-printed prosthetic limb to their skin tone or the option to choose vibrant, expressive colors provides a boost in confidence and self-esteem and can, in turn, significantly influence their mental health and social interactions. Approximately 36% of people with limb loss struggle with depression, so being able to fully customize prostheses provides a sense of pride and enables wearers to feel more comfortable and accepted in their skin.

After all, how bland would the world look without individuality?

Taking it a step further beyond the psychological impact, color customization can serve practical purposes, too. By incorporating specific colors or patterns, it can help highlight different parts of the prosthetic, making it easier for wearers, healthcare providers, and caregivers to understand its functionality, care, and maintenance.

Product Design and Functionality

When creating any piece of art, whether it’s clothing, painting, photography, or prototyping, selecting the right color can make a world of difference.
Color customization in 3D printing allows for rapid prototyping and product development, ultimately streamlining the design process. The ability to produce objects in a myriad of colors can aid in market testing, allowing designers to observe consumer preferences and manufacturing capabilities before the overhaul of a full-scale production. This can greatly help in minimizing the risk of producing items that might not resonate with the intended audience and provide insight into which products require more manufacturing capabilities, both having the ability to affect their marketability.

Even extending to functional applications, color-coding parts for easy assembly or maintenance is not just practical; it can further simplify the usability and maintenance of potentially complex machinery and equipment, making them even more accessible and user-friendly. This can be true in the construction and architecture industries, as well as in education.

Students across all ages can become more engaged and inspired by colorful and visually appealing models. Whether it’s complex scientific concepts, such as those taught in the medical field, or historical artifacts, the ability to print objects in vibrant, lifelike colors enhances the learning experience, making it more immersive, interactive, and educational.
ABCorp Color Capabilities

At ABCorp, our 3D printing services include full CMYK coloring. Our unique color creation capabilities provide our clients with products and prototypes that are durable, high quality, and fully customizable. Our color services are available in spot color, single color, and full spectrum.

Spot Color

Spot color is a coloring method for more intricate and detailed color applications. Unlike full-spectrum color 3D printing, which encompasses the entire object and multiple color variations, spot color focuses on only selective areas and uses a singular color. This level of precision and control in color application is quite invaluable, especially in industries such as healthcare for prosthetics or medical models, or construction and architecture for prototypes and building models, which may require specific color highlights or indicators for different functionalities.

Single Color

Single color is exactly as it sounds — we provide the option for one singular color to encompass your entire product!

Products in a singular color provide a sense of uniformity, whether it’s necessary for aesthetic or functional purposes. Take for instance the aerospace and automotive industries: some products require consistent material properties, light reflection reducing characteristics, or need to meet specific safety standards that producing in a singular color can provide.

Using one color throughout the entire product can also further simplify the printing process and greatly reduce production costs. This can be particularly relevant in mass production scenarios or when trying to streamline manufacturing processes.

Full Spectrum Color

Printing in full color allows creators to design a product using the full CMYK color spectrum. For artists and designers, utilizing full color to create vibrant and intricate designs allows them to express creativity and evoke emotional responses, whether it be for art installations, sculptures, or other artistic works, like miniatures.

Bringing it back around to prosthetics, the full color spectrum capability allows for wearers to perfectly replicate natural skin tones, providing them with the means to reclaim their identity and confidence.

While printing in full spectrum color can bring endless opportunities for design, it can sometimes be more complex, requiring specialized printing equipment and a more intricate printing process.

Thankfully, we at ABCorp are equipped to handle that.


Essentially, the importance of color customization in 3D printing cannot be overstated. It goes beyond the mere surface appeal and significantly impacts various industries, from healthcare to education, and manufacturing to design. It’s not just about making things look good; it’s about enhancing the functionality, personalization, and emotional connectedness of the printed products. As technology continues to evolve, so too does ABCorp’s ability to utilize color in 3D printing, opening up a world of new possibilities and redefining the way we design, create, and perceive the world around us.

Whether it’s a life-changing prosthetic, a physical version of an online MMORPG character, a prototype, or miniature, ABCorp’s 3D printing capabilities will be able to provide you with a product that matches your creative vision.