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How-to — 3d printed

Intro to Tuning: Carbon Fiber on the Ultimaker 2+

Posted by Gabe McGaffey on

First time using Proto-Pasta Carbon Fiber HTPLA? Or maybe you've already discovered this excellent material and want to improve your printer's performance? It can be challenging, but with these tuning techniques and a little patience, you will be able to print stronger, more accurate, and precise parts.  The typical consumer 3D printer is a very complicated process packaged in a friendly-looking machine. Although we wish that achieving the advertised results was as simple as just hit "print!" unfortunately, It's not :( What we are shown can be misleading because as soon as your printing experience doesn't go how you envisioned it, it's easy to give...

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Improved Rusting Method for Iron Prints

Posted by ProtoPlant Makers of Proto-pasta on

Dustin shares an improved (and faster) method for rusting prints made with Magnetic Iron PLA!

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Polishing Stainless Steel Prints: Wheel Polishing

Posted by Proto Plant on

For our first post in a series on finishing techniques, we'll be be talking about my personal favorite way to finish prints done with Stainless Steel PLA: using polishing compound and a polishing wheel. What You'll Need: A print made with Proto-pasta Stainless Steel PLA Bench Grinder, Rotary Tool, or Power Drill (if you don't have one of your own, you can likely find it at a nearby makerspace or rent one from a home repair shop) Polishing Compound (we used Fabulustre Cut and Polish Compound) Cotton buffing wheel compatible with the tool you will be using. Since we have a DeWALT bench grinder, we used this buffing wheel)....

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Rusting Prints: Saltwater Soaking Method

Posted by ProtoPlant Makers of Proto-pasta on

The coolest thing (I think) about our Magnetic Iron PLA is that you can rust prints made in this material! This gives a whole new look to 3D printed objects that is particularly great for cosplay, artifact replication, and decorative objects.

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