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Is Filastruder worth backing?

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  1. 1d1

    1d1 Active Member

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    @Michael, I truly appreciate your enthusiasm!
     
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  2. Michael DiFilippo

    Michael DiFilippo Active Member

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    Seshan I had the same thought at first too, I had a hard time understanding how pellets that are colored could uniformly color the filament but in the comments area the creator does comment that it is uniform and did show a picture. I guess we will ultimately see. Apparently OSPrinting is meeting with their supplier later this week to discuss getting in a larger variety of colorants since now there is a demand.
     
  3. Printed Solid

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    I'm pretty sure it should work just fine. This is done for small batch runs in industry all the time, so I don't think our low quantities should be an issue.

    You might have to do some manual mixing to get a good distribution.

    The trick will be to build up good recipes.
     
  4. JDM_

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    I saw a pic of someone that made light blue filament with filastruder and the color looked pretty even..... That said I'm not to concerned about blotchy or uneven color. If I am looking to print a finished looking item I will either use store bought filament or sand, prime and paint my print. My goal in backing the filastruder is to be able to print whatever I want without having to worry about conserving filament due to cost. I would also like to be able to recycle prints but I understand we will have to wait until someone is able to design a grinder that will produce the proper size ground plastic.
     
  5. elmoret

    elmoret Filastruder

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    Tim here, the guy behind all this. :)

    About masterbatch: It's pretty easy. If the instructions call for say, 50:1 ratio, then take 1tsp of masterbatch, mix with 1 cup pellets:

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    then stir:
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    Then, spool it up:
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    and print:
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    Here's a finished hopper, Filastruder filament.

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    Printed at 90mm/sec perimeters, 113mm/sec infill. Pretty fast for a Solidoodle.

    Hard to really capture in photos, but the coloring is definitely consistent. Just like the OEM black parts on the Solidoodle.
     
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  6. JDM_

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    :) Welcome to the RoBo 3D forum Tim. Looks good to me.... How did you find us?
     
  7. elmoret

    elmoret Filastruder

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    Google. :)
     
  8. Seshan

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    Damn, It's so tempting.
     
  9. Michael DiFilippo

    Michael DiFilippo Active Member

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    Awesome to hear from you Tim! Glad to have you around.
     
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  10. JDM_

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    Do it Seshan...... ;)
     
  11. Seshan

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    If it wasn't for the $50 shipping and the chance of having to pay dutys, I would. :(
     
  12. Michael DiFilippo

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    Seshan, know anyone in the states you could have it shipped to? Would that help at all?
     
  13. Michael DiFilippo

    Michael DiFilippo Active Member

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    Tim if you were to mix less masterbatch would you have gotten a lighter black? That is what I am really wondering, how the color is affected by the ratio of the mix.

    Now who is going to try to find a way to replicate a wood filament :)??
     
  14. Seshan

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    No I don't, and all the kits are now backed :( I wonder what they will be doing after the kickstarter. And how much they will be selling for.

    *Edit* NVM they added a August option. Still won't really help though.
     
  15. elmoret

    elmoret Filastruder

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    Yes, you get a sort of slivery grey, depending on the ratio. It's uniform, though.
     
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  16. Michael DiFilippo

    Michael DiFilippo Active Member

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    That is exactly what I wanted to hear. Cannot wait to experiment.
     
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  17. JDM_

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    Ditto...
     
  18. Seshan

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  19. JDM_

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    Sign up then send them a message inviting them to join the forum.
     
  20. Seshan

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    Already signed up, I'll send them a message, was just waiting to see if they where lurking here or not. :p
     

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