Do you own a desktop 3D printer? If you have one, there’s a great possibility that you gone around and tried using different plastic filaments from various resources out there. Of course, each supplier offers different features such as the hue of colors, from a range of shades and tones in order to attract a buyer like you. But in 3D printing, everyone is looking for more realism in their projects. Good thing is, the 3D printing market always strives to provide the user’s needs and that’s why they are offering specialty filaments for either practical or aesthetic demands.
However, the new specialty 3D printing filaments must not be all about new colors. Effectiveness and utility is the name of the game. The fused deposition modelling or FDM is continuously discovering new filaments in answer to practical needs and demands. So whether you are planning to create 3D print biodegradable products or you just want to rebuild an ancient sculpture in bronze, there’s a perfect material for that, the metal 3D printing filament.
At present, the most recent metal 3D printing filaments are as close as you can get to the real thing. Most 3D suppliers and companies have used combination of micron-sized metal particulate or powder with plastic to achieve a class of filaments that looks almost as genuine as various metals. Others have combined PLA plastic with 15% chopped carbon fibers. Carbon fibers are famous because it can increase the rigidity compared standard PLA or ABS.
There are also 3D printing innovators who designed a line up of metal like filaments. The works can be done even without a heated build plate. This can be possible because of plastic combined with powderized metal, which gives users the ability to build parts that very closely look like its laser sintered.
Tungsten or bismuth metal 3D printing filament is also another option. It is widely known as GMASS. This type of filament is perfectly formulated for desktop 3D printers. It has “metal-like” features that include weight, feel, and density. GMASS has earned its popularity for pioneering medical engineering applications. It works perfectly for sporting goods, vibration dampening, lab equipment and x-ray shielding.
Metal filament is just only one of the latest specialty 3D printing filaments on the market today. Still, there are many other choices which offer their own set of characteristics and
nuances. There are some that have already evolved, making them user friendly for the newbie while others still require a degree of patience, experience, and skill. It’s only a
matter of time anyway.