Can 3D Printers Do Multiple Colors?

Do you want your 3d prints to be made with multiple colors? Read on to find out if and how you can use a 3d printer with multiple colors.


Can 3D Printers Do Multiple Colors?

Yes! If you have the right printer. A 3D printer generally prints an object in one color or multiple colors by layering different filament materials. When printing in two or more colors, the filament material could be loaded for each color, creating multiple objects under one build platform. Alternatively, the two filaments could be loaded and the same object printed twice before switching to a second object. The “dual extruder” term is often used to describe this feature.

How Does A Multiple Color 3D Printer Work?

A 3D printer that prints in two or more colors uses two extruders, one for each color. The printer prints the object twice when printing in multiple colors; first with the first extruder and then with the second. The two objects are printed on top of each other and then flipped to create a multicolored 3D model.

One of the benefits of a “dual extruder” printer is that it can use ABS and PLA filament materials, which produce different effects for different models. Want to print an elephant? Use ABS to get that hard, shiny exterior or PLA for a softer feel from inside!

A hobby-grade printer that can use two filament materials for multiple color printing costs around $600.

Benefits Of Using A Dual Extruder Printer

  • greater printing speed
  • increased ability for artistic expression
  • two different filament materials can be used for the same print

Drawbacks Of Using A Dual Extruder Printer

  • more expensive printer
  • limited filament materials available when printing multi-colored objects. Learn how to use a 3d printer to make your own filament.

How do you print in 3D colors with multiple colors?

In order to print in 3D colors, two different filaments need to be loaded into the printer. The printer will print one color followed by another. This means that there will be two objects printed on top of each other with one extruder before moving on to the next color. The first object is printed with filament A and then filament B, and the second object is printed with filament B followed by filament A.


In conclusion, 3D printers can be used in multiple colors. You can do this by using two different filaments and printing two objects on top of each other to create a multicolored 3D model.