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The filament maker 3Dom USA has released a new interesting filament for 3D printers called Buzzed – a beer based 3D printing filament made using waste byproducts from the beer making process. Buzzed uses those beer left-overs to create a special 3D printing material with visibly unique print finishes. The filament produces products with a rich golden color and a noticeable natural grain and it can be printed on any machine capable of printing with PLA using standard PLA settings.
Buzzed Recommended Print Settings:
Buzzed should print well at 180-210 C. In general, a good starting point is 10 degrees cooler than you typically print PLA. A heated bed is not necessary, though if you have one, you should set it to 45 C. The recommended print speed is between 60 – 120 mm/s.
The 3DOM Buzzed 3D printer filament is available in 1 kilograms pools with a diameter of 1.75mm as well as 2.85mm, so it should be widely compatible with most 3D printers. The price of a single 1 kilogram spool of the Buzzed 3D printer filament is $49 USD.
The European 3D printer filament maker ColorFabb has announced a new wood-type of filament called corkFill and as the name implies it is should offer characteristics similar to that of cork as the filament is a mix from cork and ColorFabb PLA/PHA filament. The new ColorFabb corkFill filament is already available for pre-order on the official website in 650 gram spools for 39.95 Euro in both 1.75mm and 2.85mm versions with shipping expected to start next week. The sample photos provided by ColorFabb show a nice detail level and good looking color results in general for prints made with the new filament. Since is is based on the PLA/PHA filament it should be easier to print and not require Heated Build Platform (HBP) to be present on your 3D printer to use it.
The recommended settings for using the new corkFill filament from ColorFabb are printing temperature of between 210 and 230 degrees Celsius, print speed of 40-60 mm/s and if a HBP is present to use a temperature of 50-60C for the bed, though as mentioned you should be able to print on cold build plate as well. ColorFabb also recommends that for stronger prints and better reliability you should increase the flow rate with about 4-10%, depending on the printer you are using. We are expecting good results from the new corkFill as so far we’ve been pretty pleased with the results we have achieved using different ColorFabb filaments for our MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer. We have tested multiple of the more exotic filaments that the company makes and have a few more waiting to be tested and we are certainly also going to give out a try of the new corkFill filament as well when it becomes available.
The filament maker Polymaker has announced a new line of Polycarbonate-based filaments for extrusion-based desktop 3D printers called Polymaker PC. The first two members of this new material family are Polymaker PC-Plus and PC-Max, which have been formulated and engineered to bring polycarbonate to the Extrusion-Based Desktop 3D printers. They have achieved this by lowering the printing temperatures from 300 – 320ºC down to a moderate 250 – 270ºC, and significantly improving the warping resistance. Polymaker PC-Max further offers advanced mechanical properties—toughness, in particular—making it suitable for mechanically demanding applications.
Some of the key advantages of Polymaker PC compared to existing 3D printing materials are:
– Heat Resistance: Unlike projects made with PLA or ABS material, those made with Polymaker PC will withstand temperatures of well over 100ºC. This makes it ideal for lighting, engineering, and practically any device or part that requires good structural stability when exposed to heat.
– Excellent Mechanical Properties: being one of the most widely used engineering plastics in the world; PC has an excellent reputation for mechanical properties. Polymaker PC inherits these qualities while being fully compatible with desktop 3D printing. Parts made with Polymaker PC show much improved mechanical strength under almost all different deformation modes. Polymaker PC-Max further provides excellent impact resistance and toughness.
– Post-Processing Capabilities: Polymaker PC can easily be post processed by sanding, coating, or other methods to suit the users’ functional needs.
– Additional functional properties include intrinsic flame retardance, optical clarity, and resistance to chemicals and solvents.
The Polymaker PC-Plus filament should be available for ordering starting next month (October) in 1.75m and 3mm versions on 750 gram spools with Transparent color as the only option for now and with a price tag of $39.99 USD. The Polymaker PC-Max should be available before the end of this year and there is not yet information regarding the price of that filament.