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Proto-pasta founders, Dustin and Aaron Cram, lead the 3D Printing Industry by introducing Carbon Fiber and High Temp PLAs nearly 3 years ago. Today, Proto-pasta Carbon Fiber is still a fan favorite for it's quality and iconic matte black finish, but what if you could get that Carbon Fiber look in colors and without special nozzles?
Introducing the latest innovation from the ProtoPlant team, Proto-pasta Matte Fiber HTPLA, a more colorful, lower wear alternative to Carbon Fiber. Fall in love with that fiber texture and sheen all over again, but with more color choice and less nozzle wear. It's a perfect match for your many sculptural, architectural, and technical parts.
The majority of 3D Printed parts are glossy and smooth, but the rest of our world has more texture and sheen variety. Look around, on your desk, at home, and in your car. What do you see? More texture and less gloss than in 3D Printing, right? Why shouldn't 3D printed parts have more texture and less gloss too?
Based on Proto-pasta's HTPLA resin, Matte Fiber HTPLA can be heat treated for higher temperature performance. The addition of plant-based fibers, reduces dimensional change during the heat treating process compared to standard HTPLA. Matte Fiber HTPLA can also be smoothed by carving or shaving with a sharp edge as well as glued, sealed, and painted more easily than most plastic thanks to it's more wood-like characteristics.
Whether you use Matte Fiber HTPLA for it's beautiful as printed finish, or push the boundaries of possibility through heat treating, machining critical features, or sealing surfaces, and so on, you'll appreciate the many possibilities of Matte Fiber HTPLA.
This month only, the code MATTEFIBER gets you a $5 introductory discount on a spool of Matte Fiber HTPLA.