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Formfutura Announces StoneFil Filament

3D Print has a new report out concerning an announcement by 3D printing materials manufacturer Formfutura.  Formfutura, based in the Netherlands, has only recently partnered with 3D printer manufacturer CEL Robox, ostensibly so “Robox could sell Formfutura’s engineering-grade TitanX material.”

Now, however, Formfutura has announced a brand new “stone-filled, PLA-based filament, appropriately named StoneFil.  Formfutura’s new StoneFil is based on its easy-to-print, modified EasyFil PLA compound.  There are four StoneFil options: terracotta, pottery clay, granite, and concrete, and the company says the material is ‘gravimetrically filled with 50%…powdered stone.”

This StoneFil Filament “has a higher than normal material density: up to 37% more than regular PLA materials…all objects printed using this filament come off the print bed with a matte, but rough, stone-like finish, featuring natural gradient color linings, so each and every print has its own unique chromatic spectrum and color shading.”

Formfutura is quick to point out that “StoneFil is an abrasive material…Formfutura has listed some general printing guidelines for [printing using this new material], and noted these settings are only meant as a form of guidance, to help users find their own optimal print settings.”

“These ranges in settings should work for most printers, but please do feel free to experiment outside these ranges if you think it is suitable for your printer.  There are a lot of different types of printers, hot-ends, and printer offsets that it is extremely difficult to give an overall one-size-fits-all setting.”

“StoneFil is manufactured with FDA-compliant polymers, and meets the requirements for use in Food Contact Articles…the filament is now available for purchase, and comes in both a 50-gram coil and a 0.5 kg spool, both of which are available in 1.75 mm and 2.85 mm sizes.”

Image and Quotes Courtesy of Formfutura and 3D Print

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