Aluminium material for 3D printing test and review from Vilarox

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Metallic material for 3D printers is one of the hot topics in 3D printing as new and special filaments expand the possibilities of 3D printers. The Vilarox aluminum metallic material for 3D printing offers a high-quality PLA product.


The PLA fil­a­ment with metal­lic par­ti­cles is suit­able for all 3D print­ers. Alu­mini­um mate­r­i­al for 3D print­ing has a tex­ture that pro­vides an alu­minum sur­face with­out any rework­ing. Only 100% pure PLA pel­lets are in use to make this fil­a­ment. The dyes are spe­cial­ly select­ed for the metal­lic col­ors to retain their prop­er­ties after print­ing. As it is a com­mer­cial­ly avail­able PLA fil­a­ment, the metal­lic mate­r­i­al can be used on all FDM print­ers with 1.75mm noz­zle.

Features of the PLA and tips for users

PLA is a ther­mo­plas­tic fil­a­ment of plant ori­gin made from a maize starch-derived poly­mer. It has sim­i­lar prop­er­ties to poly­eth­yl­ene tereph­tha­late (PET) used to make con­tain­ers and is also biodegrad­able. PLA is a sim­ple mate­r­i­al and suit­able for begin­ners, as it adheres bet­ter than ABS and works with­out hav­ing a heat­ed print­ing plat­form. Nev­er­the­less, the man­u­fac­tur­er rec­om­mends the use of a heat­ed bed at 60° for opti­mum results. For a per­fect sur­face, it is rec­om­mend­ed to use a fan when print­ing with PLA, but don’t wor­ry it works with­out both.

Due to its ori­gin, it is envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly and gives a pleas­ant sweet aro­ma when print­ed with. PLA is a hygro­scop­ic mate­r­i­al that tends to absorb mois­ture. For this rea­son, we rec­om­mend to store it in an air­tight bag in a dry and dark place when not in use.

More filament metal colors

Of course, there is not just gray alu­minum as a metal­lic look for the 3D print­er. Oth­er col­ors with dif­fer­ent met­al char­ac­ter­is­tics are:

Critical consideration of the metallic effect

It is true that the mate­r­i­al has a metal­lic-look­ing sur­face before and espe­cial­ly after the print­ing process. Yet you do not need to hope that it feels like met­al which is impos­si­ble at the cur­rent state of tech­nol­o­gy for pri­vate 3D prit­ners. It con­tin­ues to be plas­tic with a dif­fer­ent look than con­ven­tion­al PLA fil­a­ment.

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Conclusion: Aluminium material for 3D printing

Despite the small final crit­i­cism, metal­lic materials/filmanet are a wel­come change for home users. With it print­ed spare parts opti­cal­ly fit bet­ter to the orig­i­nal and own cre­ations and give greater authen­tic­i­ty. In addi­tion, the use of PLA is very sim­ple and using the addi­tion­al ven­ti­la­tion plus heat­ed print plat­forms are nice, but def­i­nite­ly not a must have. We leave this aside and would also be hap­py about your per­son­al expe­ri­ence with PLA which you can share in our com­ment sec­tion or via our con­tact form.

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