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Galactic Empire Metallic Purple HTPLA

26 reviews HTPM1705-GEP

Regular price $29.99 USD

A purple to rule the galaxy from the King's of Filament! 

Designed in collaboration with local artist, Rose "Maz" Moore of the creative duo "Maz and Attero" (etsy.com/shop/mazandattero or mazandattero.xyz) and named by the community, Galactic Empire Metallic Purple HTPLA has presence and prestige! Purple is the color of royalty after all. So park your star destroyer and roll out the red carpet because this rich, dark purple is complimented with some big, silver fleck for just the right metallic pop!!!
Created from our highest quality HTPLA, if there is one purple to print with, this is it!  
Print with the ease of standard PLA with standard hardware and temperatures, but make fun, mesmerizing prints that stand out.  Celebrate good times by printing toys, treasures, and keepsakes.  If you want to make a print more fun, just add some metallic pop!  Our metallic finish contains no actual metal and has little risk of clogging or wearing your nozzle, and it won't make a glitter mess, but beware the printing is sure to be addictive!  Metallic particles are relatively small but have some orientation effects, giving top/bottom surfaces more shine than sidewall, so have some fun playing with orientation to see how the result changes!  We recommend 0.2 mm layers for the best result.
Like our other HTPLAs, Metallic HTPLA can be "Heat Treated"  to increase crystallinity for "Higher Temperature" resistance compared to amorphous PLA, ABS, and co-polyesters like PETG!  Glittler Flake HTPLA prints translucence, but turns opaque when heat treated (or crystallized).  With a more crystalline structure, heat treated HTPLA parts can hold form to near melting, though temperatures where the material is practically useful vary greatly depending on geometry and load conditions!
For this improved the performance, your prints should be baked in an oven until you see a change from translucent to opaque with reduced gloss.  This visual change indicating the improved performance! We've  seen the change take place in 5-10 minutes on thin walled parts but can take an hour or more.  We've had good luck in a quality, at home convection oven at 110C (225F).  Parts will get very "floppy" before becoming more firm, so please leave supports on your parts or support them and bake them on a flat, non-radiating surface (like glass, ceramic, or composite).
  • Available in 1.75 & 2.85 (3) mm diameter on a 500g diameter recyclable cardboard spool
  • Usable on most PLA-compatible printers, such as Lulzbot, Makerbot, FlashForge, Dremel, Ultimaker, Printrbot, and more!

No abrasive fillers so expect normal wear with standard nozzles.

In our experience, good results were achieved using standard PLA parameters ranging from 195-225C nozzle with standard build surface preparation (blue tape, glue stick, or BuildTak). No heated bed required but up to 60C is okay.  Beware, if the bed temperature is too high, your part base could actually heat treat while printing, increasing warping and decreasing adhesion.  Some shrinkage will occur in the heat treating process, so dimension critical parts may need to be scaled appropriately (as much as 2.5% in our experience).

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4.3 Based on 26 Reviews
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12/10/2019
Dallas E.
United States United States
Awesome Color

After dialing my printer settings to the HTPLA filament requirements. This is one of the nicest printing and looking filaments I’ve purchased. I love that it’s a local business and very high quality.

B
11/30/2019
Bonnie
United States United States
Sparkly awesomeness

Favorite filament so far. The sparkles and dark color create a lot of depth. Pretty for me and my daughter but manly enough for the husband. And of course easy to print with. Buying more.

BR
09/11/2019
Brian R.
United States United States
Excellent material.

I'm very picky about materials, I've been in the plastics industry for 20+ years now. Material makes the part, and I have to say ProtoPasta's material is some of the best PLA I've worked with. Oh and the color was fun too. ;)

GL
05/29/2019
Greg L.
United States
Best ever

I absolutely love Proto Pasta. Nothing prints like it. Smooth and beautiful. Anxious to see the monthly subscription.

RM
03/16/2019
Rosalee M.
United States
Still My Favorite Purple After A Year of Printing!

I know I was involved with the making of this color and very picky about how it looked. I've heard good and bad experiences about this material, but it is still the BEST material to print with for me. Would literally print everything in this material and just about have done so. Having this at 220c and a steady 60mm/s seems to be the sweet spot for flow and shine. Keep in mind the length of your heat zone on your nozzle will affect printing. A longer heat zone definitely will help extrude faster and still look really CLEAN! This material takes a bit more heat to get going, so keep in mind to take it a little slower if your nozzle has a short heat zone. <3 And OMG the BRIDGES! This material rocks bridging and overhangs at the right temp.

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