This month features a variety of makers in our community!
You may remember Derek from 3DPD. We featured his gorgeous 3d printed busts back in December 2020. At that time, we worked with Derek to replicate his most popular colors and relieve supply constraints he experienced with other vendors. Now, Derek is working with us to fully-convert his filament supply to Protopasta. We’re excited to continue to meet this challenge for him, all beginning with Good Old Gray. Who doesn’t love a run-of-the-mill gray for prototyping or painting? It’s a wonder we waited this long to add it to our line-up, but here it is! Thanks, Derek, for the push!
For our second color, we bring you What Karat? Smooth Gold for a finish that looks like silk without the hassle of printing with silk. Silk filaments are beautiful, but they can be a pain to print. Our long-time customer and fan, Maz, who challenged us to design colors like Galactic Empire Purple and Mermaid’s Tale Teal, operates an Etsy store based almost entirely on Protopasta and relies on 3D Printing for her business. She was fed up with how finicky silk filaments are and asked for help. While we don’t make silk filaments, we designed something that was shiny and gold, has minimal texture, and is still easy to use like the rest of our PLA and HTPLA. The result is really beautiful, and is featured in her Digimon eggs. We hope you enjoy it!
Our third color is a collaboration with a new customer, Guy and Bobbi Barton of Bobbi’s Cutters. It’s very common for custom cutter companies to have a signature color, so Guy came to us with a very specific color in mind. A couple revisions later, we’re all very pleased with the result! Check out Bobbi’s Purple Iris!
We reached out to Guy for a little more of his story:
Together, we think these colors are a beautiful combination, just waiting for your next spring project. We can’t wait to see what you print! Tag us when sharing your prints on social media and take care!
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!