Subscription #6 - April/May 2020
When Mike Benner came to our most recent workshop in November, his outgoing personality immediately came through. We all recognized his name from social media, and conversation came easily. Once we started the tour, he began asking a lot of questions we don’t often hear...
“How many kgs can one line make in a day?”
“What’s the operating cost of one of those lines? Like, for a full day?”
“What does it cost to build a line like that? Do you sell the plans?”
Most people want to know where we get our color inspiration from, or where we source our materials. Not Mike. He was all business, and we quickly learned why.
Mike and his wife, Shey, own a cookie cutter company out of AZ. After years in the decorating industry, Shey got to be one of the best, and this meant lots of orders and LOTS of late nights trying to fulfill those orders. One late night, while baking cookies at 2am, Mike had a suggestion: why not combine their passions to form one business? Shey brought her love of cookies and design, Mike brought his love of computer programming and 3d printing, and BOOM. SheyB Designs was born!
While all this background unfurled at the workshop, it became clear that Mike was looking to feed his printers a massive quantity of plastic. No wonder he wanted to know our limits! Over the past few months, we’ve built a relationship with Mike and Shey. They’ve developed a custom color, Glitter’s Mane, to represent their brand, with plans to come out and design more (once we get through this pandemic :-/; more on that next month).
For this month’s box, Mike has offered up his signature color for you all to enjoy, and though the name has glitter in it, Glitter's Mane has a subtle pearl finer than human hair for texture and shimmer. Complementing this fine silver pearl is highly diluted color concentrates for a precise result, but not without plenty of hard work. A perfect expression of Mike and Shey.
This finish stands out as a perfect base for additional complimentary colors so in creating this months two other colors, Alex started working with other dilute color concentrates. It's fascinating what just 0.01% color can do and when working at a fraction of that how you can subtly shift one color with 0.002% of another. At this level of dilution the color of your base resin can contribute. It's wild but a more yellow grade of PLA could shift a blue to green, but we're in the details so we've started with a very neutral, non-yellow HTPLA base.
Anyway, this lovely, cool gradient would look great as some cookie cutters, don’t you think? We all recognize these times are hard, and we hope these colors will help make the best of your new “normal.”
Be well, Pasta family, and stay safe
Subscription #2 - August 2019
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As you all know, our workshops were born out of a desire to connect with our community, and to let our fans be involved in the process. We’ve had so much fun learning from our community, and finding new ways to integrate our product with causes we can really stand behind.
Our latest workshop was no different, in that, it was the first time our attendance was split 50/50 with men and women. For me, personally, it was a treat to see such representation in the STEM field. We’re honored to celebrate that diversity with our August subscription! Choosing the right colors was the tough part, but that’s where you came in! Thanks to everyone who participated in the poll. We enjoyed sharing these community creations, and appreciate the time you took to give your input.
Our poll revealed a clear winner, Blood of My Enemies, created by Amie Dansby (@amiedoubled). This deep, translucent red was inspired by Amie’s gorgeous cosplay creations. Her day job is coding, so having a creative outlet is a must, and with a background in videogame design and game hardware development, the ideas are always flowing! She’s managed to pick up quite a few technical skills along the way, and incorporates them all into her amazing creations.
Amie’s passion for women in STEM is a personal one. As an early coder, it was difficult to be respected in such a male-dominated field, so much of her early work was published under a male pseudonym. This led to a desire to help other women know that there is no reason to hide. Together with the owners of the National Videogame Museum (NVM) in Frisco, TX, Amie set up a scholarship fund for young women interested in pursuing a degree in game development and technology.
In partnership with Amie and NVM, Protoplant is committed to funding a portion of this scholarship. In early September, we’ll open up pre-orders of each color in this month’s subscription. We’ll then proudly donate a percentage of pre-order sales to this fantastic project. We’re honored to participate in the future of young women in STEM!
As for the rest of the poll, the next 6 colors were all very close! We had to make some executive decisions on this, but we’re proud to announce the other two colors were also created by women.
Unicorn Tail Teal, by Kayla Jacobs (@BuildTakChik), is a much lighter, translucent version of our Mermaid’s Tale, but now with all the GLITTER!! Kayla added an obscene amount of our ever-popular multi-color glitter to really make this Unicorn sparkle! She has visions of a large-scale print of a mermaid planter, but it hasn’t come to fruition yet. We’ll keep you updated on her progress!
Kayla has also generously provided all our subscribers with a 20% off code for BuildTak, a printable surface for your build plate to ensure first-layer adhesion, easy removal, and protection for your heat bed! (Don't worry if you didn't receive a card in your subscription; just use code PROTOPASTA at check out!)
Armored Unicorn, by Stef Sharp (@sharpstef), was born out of a vision for a beautiful rose gold. Inspired by Living Coral, Pantone's Color of the Year, Stef wanted something a bit more gold that could diffuse the light well for her cosplay ideas. It’s the perfect blend of pink and orange, like a gorgeous sunset, and just the right amount of gold pearl to warm it up and make it shine.
We hope you enjoy these stunning colors as much as we do, and we can’t wait to see what you create! We've provided a printing suggestion for you over on our Instructables page. Check it out! Keith has also provided a new spool that only requires 50g per side, and makes it super easy to manage your coils!
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