There鈥檚 been a lot of聽Apple聽murmurings聽swirling around lately, some that we鈥檙e likely to see come to fruition聽much sooner than others. There鈥檚 one on our radar聽we might have to wait quite a while to see,聽but it鈥檚 SO exciting we can鈥檛 help but want to share. Apple has long been a household name in the computing and smartphone space, but it also once occupied a visible role in the printing market. Following up on聽its release of the Laser 8500 way back in 鈥97, rumor has it that the tech giant is dipping its toes back into the printing industry 鈥 this time, in THREE DIMENSION like you鈥檝e never seen before.

3DPrinting

A patent application, submitted in 2014 but published earlier this month, suggests that the company is devising a pretty sweet printer that not only prints in 3D, but renders those designs in multiple colors. You heard that right. Multi-color 3D printing is in the works. Until now, multi-colored 3D printing was rare and never before done on a consumer level.聽Apple鈥檚 patent application reflects its desire to create an efficient and affordable way for everyday consumers to apply color to 3D objects.

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To that end, their new printer is believed to include just two nozzles: one for depositing the layers of material needed to build the 3D object itself, and a separate one to apply color to those objects using聽ink or paint.

No word yet on when such a device is going to come to life,聽so die-hard Apple fans still have plenty of time to dream up their聽3D multi-colored creations.

What is the craziest idea you have for a 3D-printed projects? Tweet us @BritandCo!

(h/t聽Cult of Mac, photo via Apple)