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New 3D printing filament: colorFabb HT!

Step up your 3D printing with new co-polyesters.

If you’ve tried the new co-polyester 3D printing filaments like Chromastrand Inova 1800 and colorFabb nGen you know how they combine the warp and split resistance and strong bed adhesion of PLA with the strength and heat resistance of ABS, while maintaining lower fume and particulate emissions.

How do you choose? There are three Eastman Amphora series co-polyester bases:

  • “Good” is Amphora 3300 is, which we carry as colorFabb nGen. nGen is a big step up from PLA in strength and temp resistance. nGen’s low price makes it a great intro to co-polyesters
  • “Better” is Amphora 1800, which increases strength and heat resistance over 3300- similar to ABS.  We carry it as Chromastrand Labs Inova-1800, which is a “super premium” filament with ultra low consistent dye percentage, and the most stringent dimensional and cooling managament during production.  If you’ve tried other Amphora 1800s, give Inova-1800 a try and see the difference
  • “Best” is Amphora 5300, which increases strength and heat resistance over 1800.  We carry it as the new colorFabb HT. Amphora 5300 is nearly polycarbonate levels of temperature handling and strength, but with low fumes and easy printability!

If you’ve not tried them yet, you’re in for a treat, try some today!

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Camping, 3D Print style!!!

I’m often trying to find practical uses for 3D printing, but it wasn’t until I started planning our summer camping trip that I found how useful having a 3D printer could be!

Starting with my favorite print: This is an extension for a kayak paddle.  It is a handle for the paddle, giving something larger to hang on to while out on the water!  Just slip the kayak paddle in and bolt the two parts together around it!

Kayak handle for a kayak paddle!
Kayak handle for a kayak paddle! Just slip the kayak paddle in and bolt the two parts together around it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up is a chair foot replacement!  You know those folding camping chairs and how sometimes the stupid feet break on them.  I used to just cope with sitting in an unbalanced chair and make jokes about being unbalanced! Now you can just print a replacement foot.  Remove the old hardware from the broken foot, replace with this handy 3D printed foot, and you’re good to go!  They make them for the front feet as well as the back!

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Folding camping chair replacement foot! Just remove the old hardware from your broken chair foot and replace with the new 3D printed one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This next one is a cool little rope tightener. I apologize for everything being in black, I didn’t really feel like swapping out filament for each print. 😉 ‘nGen” filament is made by ColorFabb!

Camping Rope Tightener
Camping Rope Tightener
Camping Rope Tightener
Camping Rope Tightener

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last up is a tent pole cap! Sometimes the peak of the tent needs a little reinforcement or support! This cool little print while made of black nGen could be made of a more flexible filament like NinjaFlex , SemiFlex, or even PCTPE.  NinjaFlex is a flexible filament and a favorite of mine.  The SemiFlex is also flexible like the NinjaFlex, but has some extra firmness. The PCTPE is a flexible and dyeable nylon so you could customize that to your liking.  For what it is worth, nGen comes in a variety of colors as do most of our filaments.  I’ll spare everyone my need to print in pink ABS.. this time! 🙂

Tent Pole Cap
Tent Pole Cap
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Tent Pole Cap