eSUN presents the new bronze PLA 3D printer filament
Chinese filament manufacturer eSUN has added a bronze filament for 3D printers into the range of their offers to mark the beginning of the new year of goat. As you know, PLA is a biodegradable thermoplastic material used for FDM 3D printers. As one of the R&D engineers says, their new PLA bronze filament is not only bronze in color, but it also shines, like a metal. So you can easily use it to finish a bronze piece of art.
It is very easy to handle it, like any other PLA material, as it has nice liquidity and low processing temperature. However the company doesn’t mention if the filament actually contains actual bronze, so it seems lead-free and can be used safely. The eSUN group has developed a model named “San Yang Kai Tai” admire and praise the goat hoping that spring will come in its form.
eSUN is one of the leading producers of filament in China. Its members are sure that this type of metallic filament will make the creation process with 3D printers more enjoyable. The price of 200 RM for every 0.5 kg spool is about 32 USD or 28.5 EUR. It is easy the use and it is suitable for sculptural and artistic designs. At 190-201 degrees C the filament malts and, as the company assures, it experiences less shrinking and wrapping than other PLA options, and at the same time it keeps perfect strength and Young’s modulus (which is the tensile strength measure). eSUN is not easy to work with and its smell is different from the majority of other filaments. It is advisable to use a 60°C heated print bed with blue textured tape so as to get the prints stick better.
The company warns that after you use a bronze PLA you have to wash the extruder head of your 3D printer. eSUN by coincidence is one of the many companies that offer a cleaning filament in the range of the products. All you have to do is to load up something of that kind after printing with bronze and it will flush the remaining PLA right away.
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