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proto-pasta-new-metal-filaments

Proto-pasta, a 3D printer filament manufacturer, has announced that they are going to be making available two new interesting PLA-based filament types to the 3D printing community. Currently the company is making Carbon Reinforced PLA, High Temperature PLA as well as Polycarbonate ABS Alloy filaments offering some really unique and interesting possibilities for 3D printing. The two new exotic filaments that will soon be available will add even more fun to the mix and for people that want to experiment printing with non-standard filaments – Stainless Steel PLA and Magnetic Iron PLA. The new filaments are engineered for printability on home 3D printers, new materials that print as easily as PLA, but feel and look like metal.

The new Proto-pasta Stainless Steel PLA can be polished or brushed for a brilliant metallic shine, or left unfinished for a cast metal appearance. The new Proto-pasta Magnetic Iron PLA will attract magnets. 3D prints with the new metal materials can also be oxidized for a unique, rusty patina finish. This opens up a new range of practical uses and fun possibilities for 3D printed objects. Both new materials will be available for pre-order on our Proto-pasta this Black Friday, November 28th, and will be released in early 2015.

To read the full announcement from proto-pasta and see some more examples…

protoflux-pla-magnetic-filament

An interesting new 3D printer filament has appeared as a crowdfunding project on Kickstarter. ProtoFlux is an iron nanoparticle infused PLA that is attracted to magnets and has basic data storage capabilities. Designed to print using the existing PLA settings for your 3D printer, ProtoFlux PLA allows you to explore fun and academic magnetic applications with parts that print well and look great. Potential 3D printing applications of ProtoFlux include: Magnetic Field Shaping & Sensing, Magnetic Encoding, New Analog/Digital Magnetic Storage Implementations or Custom Magnetic Actuators. To give you and interesting idea of what the new ProtoFlux filament should be capable of 3D printing a compass needle, should you need to do so. Definitely an interesting idea about a new filament that will surely allow some new ideas to be realized with 3D printing…

The Kickstarter project for ProtoFlux PLA will be funded if at least $2100 USD is pledged by December 9th and the project has already passed half of that goal and it is still the first day of the two week funding period of the project. Proto Paradigm, the company behnd the project gives the chance to the first 80 people who pledge $29 USD or more to get 227 gram spools of the filament in time for Christmas, other backers will be getting it in January next year. After that the filament will most likely also appear on the official website of Proto Paradigm where they currently sell other more common filaments for 3D printers.

For more information about the ProtoFlux PLA Magnetic Filament on Kickstarter project…

makerbot-ghostly-challenge

Ghostly International is a record label, design house, and technology innovator that provides works of high quality, integrity, and individuality. Ghostly and MakerBot have joined to present to you the MakerBot Ghostly Vinyl Challenge – using vinyl records and turntables as a starting point, you need to use your design skills to create novel objects that will delight record collectors, music lovers, and audiophiles alike. More specifically things to decorate, augment, or personalize your records and stereo systems.

To take part in the challenge you need to just upload your designs to Thingiverse with the tag #GhostlyVinyl before November 30th at 11:59PM EST. Entries must be tagged #GhostlyVinyl to be considered. A panel of MakerBot and Ghostly employees will judge entries on creativity and printability and winners will be announced on December 15th. The first-prize winner will receive Ghostly’s 2014 full length vinyl catalog and a MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer. Three winners will receive spools of MakerBot Filament (Three spools for first place, two for second, and one for third) and have their design featured on Thingiverse.

For more information about the MakerBot Ghostly Vinyl Challenge…


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