Mar 2, 2016 | By Tess

San Francisco based 3D printer company Type A Machines, known best for its reliable and high quality Series 1 Pro 3D Printer and its more recent Print Pod innovation, has just released a brand new 3D printing filament onto the market: ProMatte.

The new material, bearing an unmistakeable matte finish, was developed by Type A Machines in collaboration with 3D printing filament manufacturer Polymaker, itself responsible for such popular filaments as PolyFlex, PolyPlus, and PolyWood. The newly released material does not only boast a visually appealing matte finish, but the finish itself works to hide the layering texture that occurs in FDM additive manufacturing processes. “[3D printed] parts have a production-quality finish, right off the print bed, with no post-processing necessary, a finish previously unattainable with existing filament,” the company stated.

Without sacrificing strength or flexibility, Promatte has also been developed to be lighter than most PLA materials, weighing in at nearly 30% less than your standard PLA plastic. According to the company, this will allow makers to use ProMatte in creating complex and strong structures where minimal weight is required.

Because of ProMatte’s lightweight quality, the 3D printer company has also opted to sell its filament not only by weight, but by length, in spools of 500g/230meters with a diameter of 1.75mm—the average 500g spool of PLA measures about 165 meters. The filament is currently available for purchase through Type A Machines’ online shop for $58 USD a spool in either Black Matte or Ivory White Matte.

The ProMatte 3D printer filament also offers makers the opportunity for a variety of post-processing treatments if they are desired. That is, the material can be easily sanded for an even smoother finish, carved, or tumble finished. Andrew Rutter, Founder and CTO of Type A Machines says of the new product, “With a revolutionary material like ProMatte, we answer the question of how to improve quality in a way no-one else has done before. ProMatte changes the way people think about 3D printing.”

Check out the new filaments specifications below:

  • Glass Transition Temperature: 60 ˚C (140 ˚F)
  • Melting Point: 150-160 ˚C (302-320 ˚F)
  • Density: ~0.8 g/cm3
  • Diameter: 1.75mm
  • Diameter Tolerance: ±120µm
  • Typical Diameter Tolerance: ±100µm
  • Print Temperature Range: 210-240 ˚C
  • Heated Bed: 50 ˚C recommended (not required)
  • Build Surface Treatment: Glue on glass
  • Spool Size: 230 meter / 500 gram

Type A Machines, Inc. was founded in 2012 by Andrew Rutter and his team and has since become a market leader in the production of Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printers. The company has also branched out to produce 3D printing materials such as ProMatte, as well as various 3D printer accessories.

 

 

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