3d printing with metal on your own desktop 3d printer! This amazing one of a kind filament will allow you to print with actual bronze at home! Straight from the printer parts look almost laser sintered with a matte finish.
Approximately 80% by weight finely ground Bronze Powder in a PLA/PHA matrix.
With a bit of sanding and polishing the bronze particles will start to shine and shimmer unlike any 3d printing filament you have seen before. The weight of the material is something special, about 3 times heavier then our regular PLA/PHA.
Now you can make jewelry that won’t feel like cheap lightweight plastic parts.
See some examples of amazing prints in this material here.
1.75mm and 2.85mm filaments have a slightly larger tolerance compared to other colorFabb materials of +/-0.1mm due to the metal fill.
Material is supplied 1.5kg on a spool.
Adviced 3d printing temperature:
Adviced 3d print speed:
40 – 100 mm/s
Advised Heated bed (if you have one, not strictly necessary)
TIP! Depending on your set-up, 3d printer and slice software, you might see that bronzeFill needs a bit more flow compared to your normal PLA settings. Most plastics will show die swell when coming out of the nozzle tip, this is counteracted with specific slicer settings. Since bronzeFill doesn’t show a die swell such as PLA you might need to increase flow rate a bit, 4-8% was perfect for our UM2. UM original did not need any adjustments.
TIP! Sanding and polishing your parts will make the bronze particles shine. Start sanding with grit 120-180 and make sure all the printed lines vanish. You’ll notice that because bronzeFill is easy to sand down, careful you won’t loose too much detail. Then start working your way up by following with grit 240-320 and finishing off with grit 600 – or higher. Finally we used a clean soft cloth and some copper polish to really get all of the shine out of the bronze particles.
Our PLA/PHA compound performs well on both heated and non-heated build platforms. For those users printing on a cold build platform we advise applying masking tape to the build area. The rough surface of the tape will provide enough adhesion for the first layer to stick and print almost without any warping.
Users using heated build platforms have quite a few options these days. The usual suspects are glass and aluminum build plates. For directly printing on glass or aluminum we advice user to apply glue-stick. A very thin layer will be sufficient to keep your print nicely in place. Another method is dissolving wood glue in water, you the consistency of the substance can be quite thin, a bit like milk. By applying just a few drops and smearing this out before you start heating the built plate will create a very thing layer which holds the woodFill down very well. If applying this method, be careful that you don’t get your electronics wet.
Another method that works well with colorFabb woodFill is polyimide tape, or Kapton tape. This tape is available as a very narrow strip or very wide strips which allow you to cover the build plate in one go. When the tape is applied correctly it can last for months.
TIP! Take your time leveling the bed and adjusting the the gap between 3d printer nozzle and build plate. A perfect first layer will is very important, especially for 3d prints with a large bottom layer. Having the nozzle set to close to the build plate will cause a pressure build up and as a result back flow in most hot ends.
TIP! PLA/PHA has very minimal warping tendencies, however if your printing parts which take up the maximum of you buildspace you might see some warping. If it’s very important that your part is perfectly flat than we suggest to turn down the fan that is cooling your part. This allows the material to slowly get rid of heat without warping. After a few centimeters you can turn on the cooling if the part needs it.
*3d printers have lots of different types of hot-end which makes it extremely difficult to give aan temperature advice. We feel our temperature advice holds for most 3d printers, but should be considered as a starting point for you to find the temperatures that work in you setup. Don’t be afraid to go either higher or lower then our advised temperatures if you feel your set-up needs this.
Colorfabb developed its own unique blend of PLA/PHA which results in a tougher and less brittle PLA 3d printing filament. PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) is like PLA a bio-polyester, so our unique blend is still 100% biodegradeable and compostable. The addition of PHA makes the material a little more opaque than standard PLA, which results in very vibrant colors. It is printed at similar temperatures and extrusion settings to other PLA and can be printed on any printer that can print in regular PLA and prints smoothly.
In addition to the unique properties of the material, this filament is made to extremely high quality standards. Diameter is maintained at 1.75mm +/- 0.05mm with many operators reporting no measurable variation in diameter.
This listing is for opaque colorFabb colors containing pure PLA/PHA.
We also offer translucent colors, wood filled, metal filled, phosphorescent glow in the dark powder filled, and _XT PET copolyester filaments from colorFabb.
Each spool contains a minimum of 750g filament neatly wound onto a large diameter spool.
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Similar to XT, NGEN is a copolyester developed in partnership with colorFabb and the Eastman Chemical Company. It is part of the Amphora 3D™ line of Eastman polymers.
In 2013 Eastman and Helian Polymers entered a joint development program in order to develop new unique 3D Printing materials for Desktop 3D Printing. Many formulations of specialty polyesters have been tested for functionality, printability and safe printing.
NGEN provides the following benefits:
Advised 3D printing temperature:
220-240C - Varies by hot end type. If infill is breaking apart, you will need to decrease speed or increase temperature.
Advised 3D print speed:
40 - 70 mm/s - Varies by hot end type. If infill is breaking apart, you will need to decrease speed or increase temperature.
Advised Heated bed:
For colorFabb_XT we advice to print on a heated bed. After printing, the build plate needs to cool down to about 20-30 C at which point you can remove the printed part.
Some users with Borosilicate Glass beds have reported taking chips out of the bed with copolyesters. Here is a solution to consider if that happens to you.
Each spool contains a minimum of 750g filament neatly wound onto a large diameter spool. The spools are shrinkwrapped, boxed, and then shrinkwrapped again.View full product details
So, you’ve heard all about how awesome colorFabb filament is. You really want to try it, but just can’t bring yourself to shell out the cash (or bitcoin) to invest in full spools. We have a solution. Sample packs. Each sample contains the equivalent of approximately 50g of PLA coiled and secured with a zip tie. This amounts to roughly 16m of 1.75mm filament or a little under 6m of 2.85mm filament.
A little bit of fine print about our sample packs:
Looking for more Hatchbox stock? Unfortunately, we have not been able to get any for a while. More about that on our blog here.
Want an alternative? Printed Solid is now offering their own bargain brand PLA. It is a great value, great quality, and Made in the USA.
You can check out Printed Solid Daily PLA here.
A good quality PLA for daily projects.
Recommended Extrusion Temperature : 180°C - 210°C on most printers
Recommended Build Platform Temperature : 0 °C - 60 °C
Platform Adhesion : Blue Painters Tape (when cold) or PEI, glue, Buildtak, hairspray, etc if heated.