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Not Shiny, but Solid: Proto Pasta Matte Fiber HTPLA

Proto Pasta is a US filament company known as the pioneers of carbon fiber PLA. I have reviewed other Proto Pasta filaments before  and have enjoyed 3D printing with them all. PLA is commonly known as a glossy, shiny, plastic that is well suited for 3D printing. As the field of filaments continue to expand,  new filaments come to market…

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1st Annual Filament Olympics

The Olympic and Paralympic Games are an amazing show of athletic talent from around the world. As the world watches the best compete for the gold medal, I wanted to see how all the filaments that I have tested compare to each other. Just like gymnastics, there is a complex grading system that I can use to rate the desired…

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Top 5 American Filament Makers 2016

Top 5 American Filament Makers 2016 I’m all for cheap filaments. Like most of us, I don’t have a lot of money to throw around.  I print a lot, and I’m always looking for an excuse to print something so I rarely buy more expensive filaments.  When I do I try to by inside the US.  I try to support…

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Cheapest 3D Printing Filaments that don’t suck.

Printing with exotic filaments is great but it can be very expensive. It actually is the most expensive part of this hobby. I’m not just talking about the exotics, though. Matter hackers are one of the more trusted filament makers around and if you just buy the bread and butter of filaments PLA and ABS, it will run you 30…

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How Tasty Can You ‘3D Print’ Your Food?

{:en}A new high-tech multicultural cuisine is right under way to be devoured at your own homes. Thanks to the skyrocketing pace of 3D printing innovations, it is now possible to actually ‘print’ the food we eat. In addition, it is also claimed that 3D printed food can be made by using natural sources without additives and preservatives. But how tasty…

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July’s Makerbox subscription review. Should you subscribe?

{:en}Subscription boxes can be a lot of fun to get. Every month a box of random stuff arrives at your door This is exciting because you have no idea what’s in it. This in my mind is what makes them great. That moment of what did I get followed by the fun of discovering just what’s inside. The thing is most…

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Vacuum Drying PLA Pt.1

vacuum drying PLA

Polylactic acid (PLA) is a popular filament for beginning 3D printers. It prints at low temperatures (180 – 220 C) does not give of fumes (unlike ABS) and comes in a wide range of colors. It can be printed without a heated build plate, which is attractive to low-cost and kit built 3D printers. PLA is made from corn starch…

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ColorFabb Filament Review

HT vs coffee

ColorFabb is a filament company based in the Netherlands. They are known for their quality filaments, as well as being the industry leader in exotic filaments blends. They approached me recently to test a wide range of their filaments. They sent me samples of their new high temperature (HT), as well as nGen and exotic blends. I’ll review the exotic…

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3D Printing Dictionary

Glow Filament

3D printing is becoming more popular to the general public. As we talk to friends and family about what we 3D print, they may not understand some of the terms that we use. To address this, I have developed a short lexicon of terms used in 3D printing. As a teacher I like teaching with analogies, so when possible I’ll…

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Top 5 PLA Filaments

3Dom USA

PLA (Polylactic acid) is the favorite beginners’ filament for 3D printing. It is biodegradable and made from sustainable resources; unlike petroleum-based ABS. It 3D prints at low temperatures (190 – 210 C) and is easy to recycle. For this blog I’ll combine my past reviews with updates based on the scoring system I developed in a past blog. All of…

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How To Polish Stainless Steel PLA

comparison prints

How To Polish Stainless Steel PLA Proto Pasta is a US based filament company known for their exotic filaments. They were kind enough to send me samples of their various filaments, and I have already reviewed their coffee, magnetic iron, and conductive filaments in previous blogs. I also rated stainless steel PLA (SSPLA) in a previous blog. On the package…

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How To Rust Magnetic Iron PLA Filament

comparison between treated filaments.

How To Rust Magnetic Iron PLA Filament 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 blog. I developed a rating system for filaments with their Stainless Steel PLA, and in a future blog I’ll review how to polish it to a nice shine. For…

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