Dyeing – Carbon Black

Changes to our Carbon Black Service

As of Wednesday 17th May, we will be making major changes to our 'Carbon Black' Dyeing Service. The improvements will include: A much richer/darker black colour. Greatly improved consistency of colour for batch production and a better overall finish for one-off prints We have no doubt that you'll love the improved colour as much as we do, but if you have any concerns about the colour change please feel free to contact us.

After experimenting for over a year, we’re adding black dyeing to our service. For this we take the natural white 3D printed models and dye them in our industrial dyer. The process produces a solid colour that does not add thickness and is more durable than a painted finish. The process is complimented by a polish from our free polishing service.

Natural finish, dyed black:

Dyeing the natural finish gives a very solid black colour, a slightly richer black than the polished and dyed and you don’t need to wait a day extra for the polishing. However, the natural finish does score very easily; even a fingernail can leave a shiny line across the part which can be rather unsightly.

Polished finish, dyed black:

Dyeing the polished parts produces a lighter black finish, hence the name ‘Carbon Black’. The result is not as consistent as the natural finish, though it is still very good. The main advantage to this one is the far superior surface finish and more importantly it does not score like the natural finish does. Personally, we prefer this method overall.




Our Carbon Black parts are charged at 10% extra to the total cost of your part(s).


  • Cheap compared to painting
  • Dimensions are not altered
  • Not affected by UV light
  • Durable – doesn’t wear off like painting
  • Fast process that only adds approx 1 day, sometimes can be done same day


  • Difficult to colour match exactly
  • Can show score marks if you require unpolished
  • Polished black is not as rich as unpolished black
  • Only one colour per model
  • Does add to the lead time, especially if ordering express items


Want to test our material before you order?

Before you place your order, if you want to be 100% sure that our material is suitable for your project, why not order one of our sample packs?

It contains examples of our four finishing choices, three unique parts designed to demonstrate the potential of printing in SLS nylon and a 20 page brochure containing information on our material, our services and tips on how to save money with your prints.