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The best filament for 3D printing (an exotic type of consumables)

In a previous article, we have considered 6 main consumables that are actively used in three-dimensional printing. Last time we paid great attention to the physical properties of threads (strength, flexibility, durability). This time we will look at threads that have makers popular for another reason, namely because of aesthetics or special effects.

No. 1. Exotic filament for 3D printing: wood

The consumable is a PLA filled with wood fibres from pine, birch, cedar, willow, ebony, bamboo, cherry, coconut or tube. Unfortunately, for the excellent aesthetic properties have to pay a low rate of flexibility and power. Working with this material, you need to be careful with the temperature of extrusion. Too high printing temperature may result in a burned appearance.

No. 2. Exotic filament for 3D printing: metal

The material is a blend of PLA or ABS with a metal powder. Externally, the objects printed out of these threads do remind metal products: they are shiny and heavy. Bronze, brass, copper, aluminum and stainless steel are just some of the varieties of metal filament for 3D printer.

The use of this consumable may lead to a more rapid wear of the nozzle due to the higher abrasiveness of the material.

No. 3. Exotic filament for 3D printing: bioFila or biodegradable

Biodegradable consumables most environmentally friendly, but significantly inferior in endurance, strength and flexibility to other counterparts. These materials are ideal for prototyping.

No. 4. Exotic filament for 3D printing: conductors

Perfect product printable computer parts and electronics. In fact, it is PLA or ABS, to which are added the conductive carbon particles. Used extensively to create low-voltage electronic circuits.

No. 5. Exotic filament for 3D printing: glow in the dark

For the production of fibers used, the basis of PLA and ABS or phosphorescent additives. The result is a material that can absorb, store and emit photons of red, orange, green or blue. The more material you will use when printing (the thicker will be the wall of the product), the better it will glow in the dark the finished product.

No. 6. Exotic filament for 3D printing: magnetic

The Foundation, as always, is PLA or ABS, the addition of powdered iron with magnetic properties. The texture is grainy, hue bronze. Material refers to the number of ferromagnetic, meaning it is attracted to magnetic fields but it has no custom fields. In other words, the objects you print can stick to the magnets, but they will not attract other metal objects.

No. 7. Exotic filament for 3D printing: changing the color

Threads can change their color depending on the ambient temperature. The colors vary in the range of two shades. As with all types of exotic consumables, material based on the use of PLA or ABS.

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