Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Materials & Chemicals
Materials Chemicals
WARF: P200119US02

Inventors: Andrew Boydston, Evan Sherbrook

The Invention
UW-Madison researchers have developed a new additive manufacturing (AM) method for generating multi-color objects. The researchers identified a photochemically-controlled metal redox system capable of distinct color changes when irradiated at certain wavelengths of light. Further, the redox system is compatible with common photoinitiated polymerization reactions, resulting in a single resin formulation capable of generating a range of colors. The resin comprises prepolymers, a metal compound, a photoredox catalyst, a polymerization initiator, and optionally, a redox agent. Color generation and polymerization are independently controlled via selective irradiation (e.g., digital masking) the resin at predetermined wavelengths. Iterative operation on a motorized build plate can be used to generate objects having unique colors and shapes. 
Key Benefits
  • Enables multi-color parts from a single resin
  • Reduces need of multiple vats and dyes
  • Can increase production speed and simplicity of multi-color parts
  • Additionally enables multiple colors within a single resin layer (or slice)
Additional Information
For More Information About the Inventors
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