SainSmart Copper: Metallic material for 3D printing

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Extraordinary filaments like metallic material for 3D printing are one of the big trends these days. The reason is that special filaments offer unique colors and textures which expand the possibilities of 3D printing. In this review, we show you to what extent the PLA filament has metallic properties and where the limit is.


SainS­mart is a PLA fil­a­ment with metal­lic par­ti­cles suit­able for 3D print­ing. Metal­lic mate­r­i­al for 3D print­ers has a spe­cif­ic tex­ture that results in a metal­lic like sur­face on objects with­out hav­ing to rework it after­wards.

This fil­a­ment 100% pure PLA pro­duced from nat­ur­al pel­lets. Dyes have been spe­cial­ly select­ed for the metal­lic col­ors to pre­serve their met­al like prop­er­ties after the print­ing process.The metal­lic mate­r­i­al is usable on all FDM print­ers with a 1.75mm noz­zle.

Features of PLA and tips for users

PLA is a suit­able mate­r­i­al for begin­ners due to the bet­ter adhe­sion than ABS, because of which you don’t nec­es­sar­i­ly need a heat­ed print­ing plate. Man­u­fac­tur­ers, nev­er­the­less, rec­om­mend the use of a heat­ed print­ing bed at around 60 Degrees (please read their instruc­tions as this is an approx­i­mate num­ber). To achieve a per­fect fin­ish, we rec­om­mend using a fan in the print­ing process, but both tech­niques are not nec­es­sary.

Due to its veg­etable ori­gin, metal­lic mate­r­i­al for 3D print­ing made of PLA is envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­lier and gives a pleas­ant­ly sweet aro­ma when print­ing. PLA has a ten­den­cy to absorb mois­ture, there­fore, we rec­om­mend keep­ing it in a dry and dark place – at least as long as it is not used on a reg­u­lar bases.

Selection of metal filament colours

Of course, there is not just cop­per as a metal­lic look for your 3D print­er. Oth­er col­ors with dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter­is­tics are:

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Critical considerations and test

The mate­r­i­al has a metal­lic-look­ing sur­face before and espe­cial­ly after the print­ing process. Nev­er­the­less, it does not feel like met­al, it con­tin­ues to be plas­tic with a dif­fer­ent look. Although the PLA fil­a­ment has ele­ments and traces of met­al, these are suit­able for 3D print­ing due to their small size.

Conclusion: Metallic material for 3D printing

Despite the small final crit­i­cism, we are very hap­py about this inno­va­tion of metal­lic mate­r­i­al for 3D print­ing. It enables us to 3D print spare parts and objects in gen­er­al in a more authen­tic man­ner. In addi­tion, using PLA is easy and ven­ti­la­tion or a heat­ed 3D print­ing plat­forms is not oblig­a­tory.

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