Put on that shiny, gold vest that says “SUPREME MASTER of COLOR” across the back, because you’re about to get busy pitching pasty ABS prints and adding some color to your fab process.

Now that you have Shapeways plugin for SolidWorks, Duann at Shapeways has put up a quick tutorial to show you how to print full-color parts using SolidWorks. It’s simple and the steps are probably already familiar to you. Here’s the full-color, five-step process you’ll go through, that will make you even more worthy to sport that vest.

  1. Open your part
  2. Change the color of features/faces using Appearances
  3. Scale your model uniformly about centroid
  4. Save as VRML
  5. Upload zip file to Shapeways

Head over to the how-to to get some tips on the scaling part and exporting part.


Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.