First Copper and Bronze: There’s Now Brass 3D Printer Filament

By on December 21st, 2014 in materials

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The ingenious chemists at colorFabb have developed yet another metal-infused 3D printing filament: brassFill. 

As you might imagine, it’s made of a mixture of a standard polymer (PLA) with fine brass particles. brassFill prints can be polished using conventional techniques to develop a bright, shiny finish as you can see in the image at top. 

Colorful have not yet specified a price for the material, but we  imagine it will line up with their other premium metal filaments. Currently they price copperFill and bronzeFill at €50  (USD$61) for a 750g spool. 

We expect brassFill to be an experiment, as colorFabb have done in the past for other unusual filaments. They’ll issue small quantities to users for testing and then adjust the product if necessary based on feedback. Ultimately we expect brassFill to be a standard product on their shelf. 

A couple of cautions, however: metal filament weighs much more per unit of volume than standard plastic filaments. Thus, your slicing software may incorrectly report the amount of filament required for your model. The best way to approach this is to use a measure of filament volume, not filament weight. 

A second issue is wear and tear on your extruder. The metal particles can abrade the innards of your hot end and gradually wear it out. 

That said, brassFill will no doubt be an amazing 3D printing material. colorFabb will accept pre-orders for the product in January. 

Via colorFabb

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!