- Prints like plastic, polishes like stainless steel!
- No heated bed required.
- Great for printing heat sinks/exchangers, fine art & sculpture, emblems, signage, or trophies, and jewelry, like pendants or bracelets.
- Can polished for the same bright mirror finish of shiny steel coins or kept naturally rustic with a finish of an acquired patina reminiscent of an aged steel sculpture.
Protopasta Stainless Steel PLA filament is a dense material that prints as easily as standard PLA but results in heavy cast metal looking prints that can be brushed, sanded, or polished post-print to achieve amazing results. Using real steel powder, this premium, metal-filled steel PLA filament is perfect for jewelry, costumes, props, figurines, crafting, robots, or any other 3D prints needing a truly stainless steel finish.
In filament form, SSPLA is slightly more brittle than standard PLA, and requires extra care when handling. Processing is comparable to standard PLA. No heated bed required. Process may be less consistent on smaller nozzles and/or bowden type machines, We suggest 0.6mm and 210-230C for the best experience.
Color: Stainless Steel
Filament Size: 1.75mm
Speed: 10-20 mm/s 1st layer, 20-80 mm/s rest of part
Nozzle Set-point: 185-215C (hottest on 1st layer for best adhesion)
Nozzle Actual: maintain set-point, reduce speed if less than
Nozzle Type: Standard or wear resistant for extended use
Nozzle Diameter: 0.6mm or larger preferred, 0.4mm okay with 0.25mm minimum for experts
Layer thickness: 0.15-0.20mm recommended for a balance of quality, reliability, and productivity
Bed Temperature: Room-60C (over 60C can worsen warp)
Bed Preparation: Elmers purple disappearing glue stick or your other favorite PLA surface preparation