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Printing with Bronzefill | MatterHackers


Printing with Bronzefill:

Bronzefill is an thrilling new filament for desktop 3D printers. Made with actual bronze powder and colorfabb’s PLA/PHA , Bronzefill provides a novel end and weight to printed elements. Observe our ideas and you’ll have shiny, clean elements that appear and feel like actual bronze.

Printing ideas:

1)      Although consisting of roughly 80% bronze powder, Bronzefill prints very equally to common PLA. Colorfabb has a listed temperature vary of 195 – 220C. We discovered it printed very nicely at 215C.

2)      Like with PLA, a layer cooling fan is very really helpful – particularly for smaller elements. Bronzefill retains warmth throughout printing and might get mushy/sloppy on smaller prints or wonderful options. A layer fan will assist decrease this and provide you with clear, clean prints.

3)      We printed on naked glass, kapton tape, and on blue painter’s tape. When printing on naked glass or kapton, we heated our mattress to 60C. This labored pretty nicely, however we did expertise some minor lifting on a couple of of our elements with smaller footprints. Blue painter’s tape – with no warmth – produced one of the best outcomes. It adheres very nicely to the bronzefill and leaves a clean, matte end.

4)      Bronzefill prints nicely with all of the nozzle sizes we tried – .25mm – .8mm. We obtained wonderful outcomes on single-walled prints with .8mm nozzles.  Bear in mind, as with all filaments, the bigger the nozzle, the slower you want to print.

Unfinished, Bronzefill has a textured, matte end that appears a bit like dried clay. It sands very simply. We had nice success beginning with 220 grit sandpaper. The floor sands to a really clean end with little effort.

To realize a sophisticated, shiny end, begin with 220g sandpaper and improve to 600-800 grit till desired floor end is achieved. As soon as smoothed, use a bronze or copper polish – we like Brasso – and polish.

Over time, your Bronzefill elements will start to develop a patina with a greenish tint – identical to actual bronze. You’ll be able to re-polish to revive the colour/take away the patina, or let it go to attain an vintage look to your printed elements.

A Bronzefill Printed Vase. The highest and backside of the vase have been sanded. The center part was sanded and polished. 


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