Having a 3D printer without filament is sort of like having a regular printer without paper or ink. And while a lot of printers come with some filament there's a good chance you've been printing up a storm and need something new. That's why we've started carrying a complete line of 3D printing filament in a variety of colors!
This PLA/PHA bronzeFill blend 1.75mm 750g spool from colorFabb is a great material for 3D printers. 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 but 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 3x heavier then regular PLA filament.
This filament has been tested successfully on a wide variety of printers, working well on both heated and non-heated build platforms. For those users printing on a cold build platform colorFabb advises applying blue painter's 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.
It's always a good idea to check what diameter and filament type your printers can handle before purchasing!
For more information on this specific filament check out colorFabb's website! And check out colorFabb's great learn system.
For those of you who want more information on the different types of 3D printing material, there's a great tutorial on our Learn System!
Please note: PLA/PHA filament cannot be used with New Matter MOD-t 3D printers.
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 colorFabb used a clean soft cloth and some copper polish to really get all of the shine out of the bronze particles.
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.
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