Proto Pasta and printing metallic PLA

So I am hoping to get my hands on some of this material soon and try it out.

It’s the new stainless steel PLA from Proto Pasta – it is among the new filaments for Fused Filament Manufacturing (FFM) 3d printers they just released.

The carbon fiber PLA they also make is easily the best looking black material I have used – stock PLA from many sources has a really bright sheen even at higher resolutions which is tough to light and sometimes tough to sand.

The new material from Proto Plant looks really interesting for several reasons.

There are lots of model painting tricks to make something look like metal, and often the results just look painted anyway on plastic models. But there are some blends of industrial plastics that look like brushed metal and let’s face it – I like robots. Robots. Metal. It’s a REALLY good fit.

The other reason is sanding – it looks like this material was made with the intentions of actually looking good even when only partially sanded. I have to say that ALL stock PLA material when sanded looks like just that – partially sanded material.

I hope to get some of this stuff for the next large scale project.

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3 Replies to “Proto Pasta and printing metallic PLA”

  1. Bro,

    I hope I successfully signed up on your mailing list. I’m returning to my former passion of model kit assembly. Im taking it a step further, and may require some theme illustrations. Im more than willing to pay for them as soon as I complete my first project in over 25yrs.!

    On another note, I always new in the back of mind that getting off this rock was the only way to hone in on your skills. Meet, mingle and join the tribe of other passionate artisans I can only wish for myself. I’ve always had a strong Sci-Fi Fantasy fan appreciation growing up, and no doubt you’ve had them too, as it manifests in the subtleties of perfection I’ve seen on your work thus far, and your understanding and appreciation of the forefathers of special effects.

    Continue to do what you do. I’ve always believed in you!
    An old fan from Guam,

    Esta Later!

  2. You’re “on the list” as they often say. I guess I shouldn’t have been so hard on the home town – but it was really tough for me to stay there.

    Thanks for dropping by. 25 years might seem like a long time, but you’re MAKING something. Not waiting for an excuse to make something. When you get closer to finishing your project, let me know. I’d love to see it.

    Good luck, bud!

  3. You’re so interesting! I do not think I have read through something like this before.
    So nice to find somebody with a few genuine thoughts on this issue.
    Really.. many thanks for starting this up. This website is something that’s needed on the internet, someone with some originality!

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