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Matte Fiber HTPLA - Blue

12 reviews HTMF1705-BLU

Regular price $39.99 USD

Designer Finish + Engineering Performance for Every Printer!

A bold alternative to Carbon or Glass Fibers, Blue Matte Fiber HTPLA uses plant fibers for a brilliant finish in both artistic and technical parts with no special hardware required!

Finish

Printed parts have a low luster, textured surface which creates a highly desirable contrast between light and shadow.  Texture, color, and sheen can be somewhat manipulated by printer settings as well as post-processing.  Printed parts can also be smoothed or weathered with paint for alternate aesthetics.  The plant-based fibers lend well to adhesion of paint and other aesthetic coatings.

Performance

Based on Proto-pasta HTPLA, this Matte Fiber version can be heat treated to retain more stiffness to higher temperatures.  Dimensional stability is improved compared to HTPLA without fibers.  The plant-based fibers improve adhesion of glues and coatings.  Performance is similar to Carbon Fiber HTPLA but processing of Matte Fiber does NOT require a wear resistant nozzle.

Compatibility

No special hardware or nozzles are required for this plant-based composite.  This material is not overly brittle, but is stiff and will break under excessive load.  It prints like PLA on non-heated beds.  Suggested print temperature is 190-230C, but we had good luck with a slow 1st layer at 230C on cold blue tape and 210C thereafter for a balance of strength and aesthetic.

This material does absorb moisture and dry filament is recommend for best results. When saturated with moisture, this material oozes more readily.  Lowering flow and/or temperatures can minimize oozing and improve detail, though higher temperatures are recommended for best mechanical properties.  With higher temperatures, ooze artifacts can be removed post build.

Finishing

This material can be shaved/carved with a sharp blade for a smooth finish.  Experiment with weathering or other painting techniques for a unique look.  Also, expect improved bonding strength with glue compared to plastic without fiber.

 

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02/01/2020
Satre
United States United States
Nice

Tricky to dial in, but I’m no expert. Works great for my needs. Water-based joint compound sticks very well, saving me lots of time in non-toxic post processing.

B
03/21/2019
Ben
One of My Favorites

I received a spool of this as a gift, and I absolutely love it. It does ooze a bit, and it does leave behind more strings than other filaments I have used, but it's a great product. The matte texture hides layer lines really well too. Just be sure follow the recommended print settings and don't hesitate to reach out to their support for help. I had a lot of trouble with this filament initially, but after talking to support we figured out it was an issue with my hotend. I ended up replacing it and now my printer is working better than ever! Solid Filament from a solid company.

GD
08/22/2018
Gene D.
Fabulous Filament

I had first bought the sampler, calibrated the printer (extruder flow and filament width - which btw, was bang-on at 1.75 with 5 measurements), and printed a few Proto Gnomes. They were fabulous. The matte texture of pieces were striking. My sample tests were success! But, for my upcoming projects I needed full roll. With the fresh full roll I a over 15 hours on my Prusa MK3 (temp 215c first layer, 220c afterwards, .15 layer height). The prints completed with no issues. While I did get the aforementioned stringiness they really are easy clean in post. Either just scraping them off or (I've heard) a heat gun will do, as well. This Matte Blue filament has become my favorite. I can't wait to order the red and green Mattes. And am looking forward to the copper metal composites!

BE
07/20/2018
Barry E.
United States
Matte HTPLA

Material worked great —annealing really helped with temp stability of pieces.

LW
02/14/2017
Lena W.
United States
Unique filament

I love the Matte texture! It almost has a wood like feel. It also hides printing lines. The vertical layers are almost invisible. Lastly, the color is a deep, bright color. I can also say, no odors when printing. This is much better than the other matte filament I have tried. I have all of the colors. It is easy to use. My bed is unheated and this is not a problem.


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