Oooh, Shiny 3D prints!
Like Proto-Pasta’s other HTPLAs, Glitter Flake HTPLA can be “Heat Treated” to increase crystallinity for “Higher Temperature” resistance compared to amorphous PLA, ABS, and co-polyesters like PETG! Glitter Flake HTPLA prints translucence, but turns opaque when heat treated (or crystallized). With a more crystalline structure, HTPLA’s Heat Deflection Temperature (HDT) can be practically elevated to 120C (250F) or more depending on post-processing. Heat treated parts retain more stiffness to higher temperatures!
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! The change take place in 5-10 minutes on thin walled parts but can take an hour or more. A quality, at home convection oven at 110C (225F) gives good results. 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 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.
Good results were achieved using standard PLA parameters ranging from 190-230C nozzle with standard build surface preparation (PEI, blue tape, glue stick, or BuildTak). No heated bed required but up to 70C okay. 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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