With steelFill we are adding a fourth metal based 3D print filament to our portfolio after succesfully announcing bronzeFill in 2014, copperFill later that year and brassFill in early 2015. As with these other filaments, the key is post-processing and you can use similar techniques as with our other special metal based filaments.
The high steel content of the steelFill material makes this filament quite abrasive to brass nozzles. It’s not as bad as the carbon fiber, XT-CF20 materials, but can effect the print quality after printing 1.5 kg. Therefore it’s recommended to print with abrasive resistant nozzles, for instance the E3D hardened steel nozzle, the JET RSS50 and performance 3-d Hercules nozzles.
In-house production – All colorFabb 3D printing filaments are produced in their own production facility, situated in the Netherlands. Since no external parties are involved in the making of colorFabb filament we can ensure consistent quality on every order.
Excellent diameter tolerance – An important machine in their production is the laser measurement systems used to check the diameter of our filament in real time during production. It’s measured over 1000 times per second and helps guarantee that each spool of colorFabb 3D printing filament is produced within the tolerance. colorFabb can guarantee 0,05mm +/- on both 2.85mm and 1.75mm colorFabb filament, which means you can rest assured that your printer is extruding the exact amount of material.
Packaging – Within minutes of production, a spool of colorFabb 3D printing filament is sealed airtight with a double barrier foil. To go the extra mile, it is also sealed with a fancy cardboard box that is used to ship the product. This ensures that colorFabb filament is fresh and ready for 3D printing when it comes out of the box.
In-house testing – The colorFabb testlab features a wide range of popular 3D printers. They’re continuously testing on the 3D printers to keep checking the quality of the materials we produce and to develop exciting new materials for the maker community. If you’re not sure how to print with colorFabb materials on your 3D printer, please contact us.
The following printers are used in the colorFabb lab:
- Ultimaker Original
- Ultimaker Original Dual Extrusion
- Ultimaker 2
- Makerbot Replicator 2
- Delta Tower (E3D hot-end)
- Felix 20
- Leapfrog Creator
Material science – ColorFabb was founded as a brand of Helian Polymers, a sister company of Peter Holland which has been active in the master batch and additives for the plastics processing industry. colorFabb’s knowhow, network and partnerships is driving material innovations and quality. You can expect colorFabb to keep on developing interesting new materials, which will be tested on a variety of printers to make sure it’ll get the job done.
Since colorFabb develops and produces their own filaments they have a lot of knowhow about our materials. Here you’ll find all kinds of interesting material specifications that will help you decide which material is best for your project.
Material: colorFabb – PLA/PHA + fine steel powder
Diameter Tolerance: ± 0.05 mm
Glass Transition Temperature: 55C