FILAMENTS - SPECIALTY

The Specialty Filament Section includes filaments that have very specific use properties integrated into their composition. Some of them - like the ‘filled’ filaments - are aesthetic, in that they are designed to give them the look and feel of whatever particle they have been ‘filled’ with. Others are specifically designed to address a perceived need in the industry.

There are hundreds of different ‘specialty’ filaments, including ‘beer’ filaments, algae filaments, glow in the dark filaments, and so forth. For the sake of expediency however, we will keep the specialty filaments fairly short to the following list:

  • PLACTIVE Antibacterial PLA

  • PolySmooth

  • PolyCast

  • PolyWood

  • ColorFabb Blended Filaments

    • Brassfill, Bronzefill, Copperfill, Steelfill, Woodfill

If you would like us to add any other specialty filaments to this list, please let us know and we will do our best to honour your request.

 

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COPPER 3D PLACTIVE

RECOMMENDED PRINT SPEED: 40-60 mms
RECOMMENDED EXTRUDER TEMPERATURE: 190°C - 220°C
RECOMMENDED BED TEMPERATURE: 40-70°C

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COPPER 3D PLACTIVE AN1 is a patented innovative nanocomposite developed with a high quality PLA and a nano-copper additive. It is designed and ideal for use in medical applications, or any application where it is considered important to keep bacterial contamination down to a minimum.

Antibacterial action scientifically proven to eliminate more than 99.99% of fungi, viruses, bacteria and a wide range of microorganisms.

The accompanying graph depicts the results of 2 studies that confirm that the Colony Forming Units (CFU) of Staphylococcus aureus MRSA and Escherichia coli DH5α, falls abruptly during the first 6 hours of exposure to PLACTIVE (>95%), continuing the elimination of bacterial strains until reaching >98% elimination at 8 hours and >99.99% elimination at 24 hours.

PLACTIVE AN1 maintains all the mechanical properties of the host material and so prints with ease and has thermoforming characteristics that facilitates post-processing and final adjustments of the 3D printed application.

Please note that PLACTIVE rolls are available in either 1.75mm or 2.85mm diameter in 750 gram spools

 

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POLYSMOOTH

RECOMMENDED PRINT SPEED: 40-60 mms
RECOMMENDED EXTRUDER TEMPERATURE: 190°C - 220°C
RECOMMENDED BED TEMPERATURE: 25-70°C

This Specialty family provides unique filaments from Polymaker to unlock new 3D printing applications.

PolySmooth™ is a unique, easy-to-print filament designed for hands-free post processing. The surface can be smoothed with alcohol to achieve layer free models using the Polysher™.

Please note that all PolySmooth rolls are available in either 1.75mm or 2.85mm diameter, and in 1 or 3 kg spools.

 

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POLYCAST

RECOMMENDED PRINT SPEED: 40-60 mms
RECOMMENDED EXTRUDER TEMPERATURE: 190°C - 220°C
RECOMMENDED BED TEMPERATURE: 25-70°C

PolyCast ™ has been specially developed for investment casting (also known as lost wax casting) of metal.

Traditional investment casting that you first make a metal tool to create wax patterns. The processing usually takes several weeks and costs can be very high. Using 3D printing with PolyCast ™ eliminates the need for these tools. In addition, 3D printing with PolyCast ™ allows you to create complex geometries that are simply impossible with tools.

PolyCast is ideal for:

  • Rapid production of small volume metal parts

  • Metal parts with complex geometries

PolyCast ™ is the first 3D print filament specifically designed for metal investment casting. To enable this application, we have designed the material to have two main functions:

PolyCast ™ can be polished in Polysher ™ (using Polymaker's patented Micro-Droplet Polishing ™ technology), eliminating layers and creating a very smooth part surface. This is crucial for the quality of the metal parts.

Most polymers leave residues when they decompose - this is a problem during investment casting and can lead to defects in the metal parts. Polymaker has designed the material to completely decompose at T> 600 C and provide a clean mold for casting.

Using PolyCast ™ is easy. It prints under typical PLA conditions and is compatible with almost any filament-based 3D printer. Polymaker has developed the material to provide excellent printability, dimensional stability and easy removal of the support material.

The printed parts can then be polished in Polysher ™ to significantly improve surface quality. After polishing, the part is ready for use in precision casting.

Please note that PolyCast is available in either 1.75mm or 2.85mm diameter, and in 1 or 3 kg spools.

 

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POLYWOOD

RECOMMENDED PRINT SPEED: 45 mms
RECOMMENDED EXTRUDER TEMPERATURE: 230°C - 240°C
RECOMMENDED BED TEMPERATURE: 80°C

This Specialty family provides unique filaments from Polymaker to unlock new 3D printing applications.

PolyWood™ is a wood mimic filament without actual wood powder, which removes all risks of nozzle clogs. PolyWood™ is made entirely with PLA using a special foaming technology. It exhibits the same density and appearance as wood.

Please note that PolyWood rolls are available in either 1.75mm or 2.85mm diameter, and 600 gram spools.

 

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BLENDED FILAMENTS

  • BRASSFILL

  • BRONZEFILL

  • COPPERFILL

  • STEELFILL

  • WOODFILL

  • …others…

RECOMMENDED PRINT SPEED: 40-60 mms
RECOMMENDED EXTRUDER TEMPERATURE: 200°C - 220°C
RECOMMENDED BED TEMPERATURE: 40°C

If you are looking for something that is a little closer to metal or wood, the Colorfabb line of blended materials might be what you are looking for. Colorfabb metal blended filaments combines between 50-80% material powder (brass, bronze, copper, steel or wood) with PLA to help achieve prints that mimic the aesthetic of that specific material.

In their unfinished state, Colorfabb blended filaments typically have a textured, matte finish that looks a bit like dried clay and require post-processing. Each filament sands very easily and we recommend starting with 220 grit sandpaper.

The surface sands to a very smooth finish with little effort.

Please note that Colorfabb ‘fill’ rolls are only available in 1.75mm x 750 gram rolls.