3D Printing

Proto-pasta Announces Addition of Two New Metallic PLA Filaments

ProtoPlant, makers of Proto-pasta, announced two new materials for its line of exotic 3D printer filament: Stainless Steel PLA and Magnetic Iron PLA.

​Engineered for printability on home 3D printers, Proto-pasta Stainless Steel PLA can be polished or brushed for a brilliant metallic shine, or left unfinished for a cast metal appearance. Great for making realistic terminator replicas or giving prototypes an industrial design feel and aesthetic.

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A print in Proto-pasta Magnetic Iron that has been submerged in a salt-water solution in two days, resulting in a rust finish.

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Finishing techniques for Proto-pasta Stainless Steel PLA, from Left to Right: Unfinished print, wire brush finish, polishing wheel, and rock tumbled finish. The head is a scan of Alexander the Great,

Magnets stick to Proto-pasta Magnetic Iron PLA, and prints can also be oxidized for a “unique, rusty patina finish.”

Both materials are now available for pre-order on the Proto-pasta website and will be released in early 2015.

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Close up of an unfinished and polished print in Proto-pasta Stainless Steel PLA.

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A ring in Proto-pasta Stainless Steel PLA

This week, Proto-plant celebrated its one-year anniversary of the successful crowdsourcing campaign which funded Proto-pasta. The project successfully earned about $36,000, $10,000 more than they asked for.

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3D Hubb’s Marvin in Proto-pasta Stainless Steel PLA. From left to right: Unfinished, wire brushed, and polished.

They’ve been busy filling orders for their Carbon Fiber Filled PLA, High Temperature PLA and Polycarbonate-ABS filaments.

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An Oregon pendent in Proto-pasta Stainless Steel PLA, polished on a metal buffing wheel.

Proto-pasta continues to grow in popularity as they continue to develop high quality, high performing filament for home 3D printers. They plan to reveal their next filament in January 2015 at CES in Las Vegas.

They are also hosting an art contest to design the spool label for Proto-pasta Stainless Steel PLA. The contest winner will be the first to receive this new material, and will have their artwork shared across the world. Learn more about the contest here.