PLA - Filament

vacuum drying PLA

Vacuum Drying PLA Pt.1

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Polylactic acid (PLA) is a popular filament for beginning 3D printers. It prints at low temperatures (180 – 220 C) does not give of...
Hot iron finishing

How To Hot Iron Finish a Rough 3D Print Using a Clothing Iron

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3D printers like to think that the print comes clean off the build plate of their printer. After a couple long and complex prints,...
experiment in filaments outdoors

Experiment in the Outdoors: 3D filaments Pt. 2

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A year ago I started an experiment to see how 3D printed samples last in the harsh Colorado sun.
Will your 3D printer kill you?

Will your 3D-printer kill you?

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Will your 3D-printer kill you? As the 3D printers spread around the world, a fact that some people call the "new industrial revolution", there are...

Glass Filled Materials

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Two manufactures are now offering glass additive for 3D printing materials. DSM Additive Manufacturing a Dutch company and Rize an American 3D printer company...
3D printed Snap Circuit pieces

Testing Proto Pasta Conductive PLA with Snap Circuits

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In a previous blog I wrote a review of Proto Pasta’s Conductive PLA filament. For that review I just looked at the printing properties...
comparison between treated filaments.

How To Rust Magnetic Iron PLA Filament

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Proto Pasta  has approached 3D-PT to review their exotic PLA filaments blends. I have reviewed their Aromatic Coffee and Conducting PLA in a previous...
This print is problematic.

Heat Treating Aromatic Coffee High Temp PLA

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In a previous blog I tested the printing properties of Proto Pasta’s Conductive PLA and Aromatic Coffee PLA. According to information from Proto Pasta, Aromatic...
color comparison

How To Rate Your 3D Printing Filament

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Rating 3D printing filaments   With 3D printing, a good filament can make the difference in your print job. 3D printers can share horror stories...
The Ultimate 3D Printing Tool Kit

Holiday Gifts for Your 3D Printer

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With the holiday season upon us, what do you get the family member with a 3D printer?
test prints

Proto Pasta Filament Review Pt.1

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An exciting new range of filaments for 3D printer is the exotic composite filaments. These filaments combine metal or other materials mixed with a...
3D printed Mallet

3D Printed Mallet Project : Printed in PLA

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In this blog I show the results of 3D printing a working joiners mallet in PLA / PHA plastic. Included are the instructions and results of testing.