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Endless Pastabilities - Subs from days gone by...

Posted: October 09 2019 in Stories

Subscription #2 - August 2019 Thanks for subscribing to Endless Pastabilities! Check out what's new this month... 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...

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Anneal HTPLA-CF for a Truly Durable Fiddle

Anneal HTPLA-CF for a Truly Durable Fiddle

Posted: September 24 2019 in Applications

PLA is often maligned for its poor temperature resistance and tendency to creep (deflect slowly over time). However, it's also super stiff by nature, and with a little carbon fiber it's way stiffer! That stiffness makes PLA particularly great for violin bodies, where a high stiffness to...

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A new sample spool for your filament sample coils

A new sample spool for your filament sample coils

Posted: August 23 2019 in How-to

For our first subscription filaments we recommended the use of the MasterSpool to hold the filament in our posting Effective Loose Coil Handling for a Positive Experience. This was primarily due to the core size we use on our spools. It may not be well known,...

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Proto-pasta Carbon Fiber HTPLA in Maker Box

Posted: August 15 2019 in Press

Maker Box, founded 2016, has often featured Proto-pasta Filaments (see past boxes here) and features Dark Gray Carbon Fiber HTPLA this month! Not familiar with Maker Box? Founded in 2016 by two college students looking for ways to try new filaments, Maker Box is a service...

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Proto-pasta Labeling and Safe Use

Posted: July 19 2019 in Editorial

You may have noticed our new Prop 65 labels on our product. Sorry if they are alarming. Fear not! Continue reading for perspective on the actual associated risk and reason for labeling. Materials with ingredients on California's Prop 65 list include physical labeling in compliance with California law. Composition-based labeling...

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Closer to Custom: Proto-pasta's Endless Pastabilities Subscription

Posted: May 29 2019 in Press

Proto-pasta 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...

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Leveling Up your Print Game on the LULZBOT MINI

Leveling Up your Print Game on the LULZBOT MINI

Posted: March 10 2019 in How-to

At Proto-pasta we spend a lot of time understanding how our materials interact with different slicers and printers and by doing this we hope to help you achieve the best printing experience possible with the unique filaments we offer. We recently analyzed the Proto-pasta High...

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Intro to Tuning: Carbon Fiber on the Ultimaker 2+

Intro to Tuning: Carbon Fiber on the Ultimaker 2+

Posted: February 01 2019 in How-to

First time using Proto-Pasta Carbon Fiber HTPLA? Or maybe you've already discovered this excellent material and want to improve your printer's performance? It can be challenging, but with these tuning techniques and a little patience, you will be able to print stronger, more accurate, and precise...

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Filament Testing Grips & Replacing Machined Parts with Carbon Fiber

Filament Testing Grips & Replacing Machined Parts with Carbon Fiber

Posted: January 04 2019 in Applications

Replacing traditionally machined parts with 3D printed ones sounds like a far-fetched idea, but is it? Subtractive technologies like CNC milling have long been taken seriously in creating functional parts for consumer hobbyists to large-scale industrial manufacturers but additive manufacturing's cred and capabilities are catching up. With advanced materials available for...

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Heat treating Carbon Fiber HTPLA for accurate, heat resistant parts

Heat treating Carbon Fiber HTPLA for accurate, heat resistant parts

Posted: January 03 2019 in How-to

Carbon Fiber HTPLA can make very accurate parts particularly when heat treating, demonstrating less distortion of form and dimension change after heat treating compared to other HTPLAs. This characteristic is particularly useful when seeking to create application-specific parts where exceptional accuracy, high stiffness, or use up to 160 C...

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Avoid jams to print reliably with HTPLA on the Prusa MK3 & e3d hotends

Avoid jams to print reliably with HTPLA on the Prusa MK3 & e3d hotends

Posted: December 12 2018 in How-to

The Prusa MK3 and Proto-pasta HTPLA are an innovative combination, but getting a good result when 3D printing isn't always straight-forward. In this article, we'll share some practices and settings we found to improve reliability when printing with Proto-pasta HTPLA, including our sparkly glitters and metallics, on your Prusa MK3!...

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About spools, waste, and customer experience

About spools, waste, and customer experience

Posted: February 07 2018 in Editorial

Waste creation is a real problem and both proposed solutions and dialogue are important, but reducing waste also requires a holistic approach. As a filament manufacturer passionate about reducing waste, we kickstarted the Proto-pasta brand more than 4 years ago, delivering a system with a...

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Avoid clogs with PLA Composites and all-metal hotends

Avoid clogs with PLA Composites and all-metal hotends

Posted: November 30 2017 in How-to

Does your printer stop extruding on the first layer?  Or does it clog later in a print?  Is your print quality inconsistent with missing cross-sections?   Or does your printer fail on small, intricate cross-sections especially when printing slow? If your extruder gear ever grinds or slips on your filament, you’ll...

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The Amazing Matte Fiber

The Amazing Matte Fiber

Posted: August 31 2016 in Press

Proto-pasta founders, Dustin and Aaron Cram, lead the 3D Printing Industry by introducing Carbon Fiber and High Temp PLAs nearly 3 years ago.  Today, Proto-pasta Carbon Fiber is still a fan favorite for it's quality and iconic matte black finish, but what if you could get that Carbon...

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"We make good stuff!"

Posted: May 01 2016 in Press

With the constant introduction of new manufacturers, printers, hardware, filaments, and users, the 3D printing experience can vary from "awesome" to "awful".  My experience leans towards awesome, but there are days when a printer just wants to extrude a ball of micro-filament or nothing at...

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12 Things for Christmas

12 Things for Christmas

Posted: December 16 2015 in Press

So we wanted to do a special twist on the "12 Days of Christmas" for y'all who love to make "things", especially those that like to include your families in the process.  Growing up in a 3D household, my 3 year old daughter, Teagan, is...

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The Proto-pasta brand celebrates 2 years since kickstarting!

Posted: November 24 2015 in Press

ProtoPlant successfully kickstarted Proto-pasta brand filament by bringing 3 new 3D Printing materials to market, including World’s First Carbon Fiber PLA. Fulfilling the 500 backer rewards was 6 months of tedious work, during which we continued operating our traditional engineering services business to pay the...

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3D Printing Holiday Gift Guide

Posted: November 23 2015 in Press

3D Printing Holiday Gift Guide – What 3D Printers, Filament & Accessories to buy this Christmas! Best 3D Printers (least to most expensive) Easy-to-use & assembled – M3D & Printrbot Play – Printing is more affordable than ever! Missed the M3D Kickstarter? Now you can buy...

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May is for Makers

Posted: May 29 2015 in Press

Meet new employee Matt! He recently joined the Proto-pasta team and brings production experience and plenty of enthusiasm.  A hands-on, self-learner, he is new to 3D Printing but is already very comfortable with the technology.  In joining the Maker Community, he has found his people!!!...

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Test Printing With Wear-Resistant Nozzle

Posted: May 12 2015 in Press

Addressing the issue of nozzle wear using composite filaments has been a priority for us and it looks like we have found a good way to extend nozzle life!  Using brass nozzles plated with a super-hard "electroless" nickel coating has increased the life of our FlashForge...

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Improved Rusting Method for Iron Prints

Improved Rusting Method for Iron Prints

Posted: March 02 2015 in How-to

Rust.  Patina.  Artifact.  Great words to describe beautiful weathered finishes you'd expect from old, metal objects, but how is that related to 3D Printing?  For a truly unique experience in 3D Printing, Proto-pasta Iron PLA can be rusted to create a modern artifact and here's...

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Introducing the NEW Proto-pasta Spool!

Posted: March 02 2015 in Press

Meet our new 500 g spool...an industry-leading design created by ProtoPlant specifically for 3D Printing filament.  It's good all the way to the core! What's cool about this spool? It has a bigger core, which means happier filament (no more tight spirals when you reach the end of the...

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Polishing Iron PLA Prints...?

Posted: February 24 2015 in How-to

As I was polishing prints made with our Stainless Steel PLA for the last blog post on wheel polishing, I began to wonder if the same could be done with our Magnetic Iron PLA. After all, it also has powderized metal in it, why hadn't...

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Polishing Stainless Steel Prints: Wheel Polishing

Posted: February 20 2015 in How-to

For our first post in a series on finishing techniques, we'll be be talking about my personal favorite way to finish prints done with Stainless Steel PLA: using polishing compound and a polishing wheel. What You'll Need: A print made with Proto-pasta Stainless Steel PLA...

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Rusting Prints: Saltwater Soaking Method

Posted: February 18 2015 in How-to

        UPDATE: Dustin has a new method of rusting your prints which is not only FASTER, it also avoids your print's infill filling with salt water.  After a few more days of drying, my owl began to grown salt crystals on the...

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