Closer to Custom: Protopasta's Endless Pastabilities Subscription
Protopasta introduced Stardust glitter filament in 2016 thus venturing into a new world of dynamic, sparkly filaments. Getting started in sparkly brought several challenges including understanding how the various sparkles and pigments interact with each other, sourcing them, building a masterbatch library, and finally deciding on recipes. BTW choosing recipes was more of a challenge than you might expect. Having a specific color goal goes a long way, hence the 6 months between our first sparkly release, Stardust, and number 2, Highfive blue.
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The Highfive blue collaboration in 2017 with 3D Printing Nerd, Joel Telling, was a much-needed catalyst for sharing more colors, enabling a new way to connect with the 3D Printing Community. Tom Sanladerer found making an ugly green was not possible, and his Lotus-inspired orange became TOM (Tangerine Orange Metallic). Local artists and etsy store team, Maz and Attero, contributed to help create Protopasta's metallic purple and teal.
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