Featuring: Tripoint Gray, Lootsef Green, and Atikam Teal
This month’s Endless PLA colors are brought to you in collaboration with Bradley Stenseth of Tripoint Precision, a tool accessories designer and manufacturer.
Several months ago, Bradley went looking for a reliable, single-source, high-quality filament provider. That hunt brought him to Protoplant, makers of Protopasta, with a familiar story and challenge. Like previously-featured Out of Darts, 3D Printed Debris, and so many other hobbyists-turned-businesses users (and 3D printing filament users in general), Bradley had multiple filament sources with varied quality and availability. No one brand had all the colors he needed, not even Protopasta…yet.
We were able to meet most of Bradley’s needs with our existing catalogue of colors, but identified three colors that were missing. Two of the missing colors were needed to compliment popular tool brands and the third to express the Tripoint brand. Bradley kindly agreed to have us share all three with you.
Lootsef Green and Atikam Teal should look familiar to anyone into tools. Both colors are solid (without texture), nicely-saturated, and twice-extruded for exceptional color consistency. Great colors and like nothing else in the Protopasta catalogue!
Tripoint Gray is a complex color with fine pearl texture and a touch of blue. You might think the material is gray until you place it next to something gray and begin to appreciate the subtle blue undertones. Tripoint Gray is a classy brand color that everyone can enjoy!
Want to learn more about Bradley’s 3D printing journey? Check out his story below.
- Recyclable Spools - Most manufacturers are still using plastic spools, so they wanted to find one that used a recyclable spool so they could eliminate spool waste.
- Quality - Consistent filament will greatly increase the look of the finished product. They want their customers to have a functional, durable, and aesthetically pleasing product.
- American Made - They want to support other American companies whenever possible.
Speaking of PETG, Endless Pastabilities has grown from Endless PLA to include Endless PETG. Join Bradley and Protopasta as they venture into PETG by becoming a subscriber. The first delivery is in March and will bring you Carbon Fiber and Highfive Blue filaments first, and at a discount, in PETG!
Machine(s): Prusa MK2/3, Prusa Mini, Creality Ender 3
Nozzle: 0.4 mm standard brass w/ sock (if possible)
Nozzle Temp: 205 - 235 C Bed Temp: 60 C Bed Type: PEI
Bed Prep: Clean w/ water or alcohol; Magigoo for additional adhesion + easy release when cool
Overlaps: 0 Min layer time: 0 Min Speed: 0 Fill gaps: no Expansion: 0
|Layer height||Ext width||Speed||Fan|
|1st Layer||0.32 mm||0.44 mm||20 mm/s all over||0%|
|Rest of print||0.16 mm||0.44 mm||
20 mm/s outline
40 mm/s infill
Interestingly enough, I found a similar result with the above parameters on all 3 machines at 205 C - 235 C. The Prusa Mini is upgraded to a Bondtech heatbreak to move the PTFE junction farther away from the hotend to reduce hang-ups. The Prusa MK3 has the stock Prusa heatbreak with lip, but swapping to a standard e3dv6 heatbreak or e3d lite6 hotend can bring more trouble-free results. The Creality Ender 3 requires no modifications.
We know printing isn't always trouble-free so if you're looking for instructions on how to wrangle those loose coils or need other printing help, please consider our getting started guide!
Don't forget to show off your creations with our newest colors. When you tag Protopasta on Instagram, your photo could be chosen as one of our Top 9 for the month!