A High-Quality Material That Prints Like PLA And Finishes Like Metal
Proto-pasta Stainless Steel PLA filament is a high-quality material that prints like PLA and finishes like metal. This dense material results in substantial-feeling prints, making it ideal for jewelry, figurines and other items that require a high-quality finish. The product looks great right off the Series 1 Pro and the MakerGear M2. The material can be polished to a high sheen, and finishing can be done with a rock tumbler, wire brush or polishing wheel.
- 500g Spool
- 1.75 mm diameter
- Heated bed not required
- Tensile Modulus: 10,549 psi
Suggested extrusion temperature: 195-220°C
In an unfinished form, prints look like cast metal. They can be left that way, or finished through a variety of methods to achieve different results. Here are some methods:
- Wire Brushing: Simply rubbing back and forth with a stiff wire brush will give your print increased shine, but will not remove print lines.
- Rock Polisher: Small prints can be tumbled for 24+ hours with abrasive materials for a variety of finishes.
- Wheel Polishing: The most brilliant results were achieved by lightly polishing prints using a polishing wheel (a wheel with layers of soft cloth, attached (you can buy smaller wheels for drills) and Cut and Polish Compound (or similar polishing compound). Aside from the eye-catching shine, it is also possible to remove layer lines with this method.
Proto-pasta Stainless Steel PLA prints well using standard PLA settings, however, it may have trouble getting through smaller nozzles. There has been good success printing at 215° C using a .5mm nozzle and direct-drive spring loaded pinch-roll style extrusion head.
2.4 g/cm3 (2400 kg/m3)
Bed Temp (if available, is not required): 50° C