At Ultimaker we want to make brilliant 3D printers but also push 3D printing to the heights it deserves. This is why we were thrilled that Colorfabb sent our regular guest blogger and community member, Kristof Deruyttere, some test filament for him to try out. But for this post, let Kristof¬† introduce Colorfabb and what makes them so exciting. -Alexander Baloche
Colorfabb, ¬†a new company in the Netherlands which is a brand of Helian polymers, it aims to provide high-quality PLA filament (+/-0,05mm) in an amazing range of colors and continuous to develop more. At the moment they have about 20 different colors all at¬† √ł2,85mm, so no problems for the bowden tube. It is also good to know, that all filaments are being tested on 3 Ultimakers, so you can rest assured that it will work on your Ultimaker.
The + points are:
- 100% natural origin;
- Extra Tough;
- 100% biodegradable & renewable material content;
- High tolerance PLA for High quality prints.
So what is PHA?
Polyhydroxyalkanoates or PHAs are polyesters that are made in nature by bacterial fermentation of sugars. It’s a special kind of PLA which is more resilient than regular PLA. Mix PHA with regular PLA and you get ‘Soft-Touch PLA’.
Colorfabb’s ‘Soft touch PLA’:
PLA is naturally brittle, which is not an ideal property due to the possibility of breakage.
To prevent this, Colorfabb’s compound of PLA & PHA makes the filament a bit softer and gives it a little more of a stretch. The printing stays the same, but the filament won’t brake that easily and it has a brighter plastic shine. Another effect is that it copes much much better with retraction even at high speed!
Colors , lot’s of them!
Colors are the key-business of Helian Polymers, they buy and sell master batches and additives for plastics. This means they have an endless palette of colors.
Sneak peak at further development?
With the massive amount of knowledge about additives in the field of plastics,
you can expect them to keep on experimenting in the field of 3D-printing.
For example, support material that dissolves and of course, lot’s of colors that you can’t find anywhere else.
You can follow them on their website, but for us 3D-printing enthusiasts you can follow their printing evolution on our forum (gallery).