Our PLA+ Marble filament is based on the great structural properties of PLA+ with an impressive marble-like effect.
The marbling is achieved by using base PLA+ with random sized high-temperature black nylon speckles throughout. Due to the lower relative temperature of the PLA, the black nylon does not melt as the filament feeds through the hot end, creating that striking spotted black marbled look like types of Italian marble.
Some of the benefits of our PLA+ Marble;
HOW TO PRINT WITH PLA+ MARBLE
Printing with our PLA+ Marble is relatively easy as it has a very tolerant printing temperature range. Throughout our tests, this filament has printed well across many hot end temperatures between 200-220 degrees Celsius. Adherence to the build plate is also a great advantage of this filament and printing with some Bed Temperature allows the filament to grip well. When using a heated bed, allowing the bed to cool is always recommended before removing the object. Some printers do not have a heated bed, so alternatively you can use Blue painter’s tape. When applying the tape care should be taken not to overlap the tape as this can cause the nozzle to hit the tape and potentially lead to clogging the hot end. Leaving a small gap is always preferred to overlap.
HOW TO ACHIEVE A GLOSSY FINISH WITH PLA+ MARBLE
A glossy “marble benchtop” finish is also quite easy to achieve. This can be done by printing directly to either a mirror or glass surface. Levelling your bed correctly however is integral to achieve this effect. PLA can be quite forgiving when levelling the bed, it will squeeze out if it is slightly too low as well as adhere to the bed if slightly too high (although it may create gaps in the surface).
Is PLA + Marble Food Grade?
This filament has not been tested against food grade standards, however, you may be able to use this filament with food contact by painting over the object with food grade varnish. This serves a dual purpose. It can further strengthen the printed part as well as eliminate any layering to stop bacteria from breeding for multiple use objects.
How can I protect my filament from moisture?
PLA Marble filament can also be adversely affected by moisture issues. Leaving the filament out in the open air for periods of time can allow the filament to collect moisture and then become brittle. We have provided a resealable bag so that when not in use, the filament can be stored in the bag. When storing filament in the bag, it is best to expel as much air from the bag as possible and always use the desiccant satchel within the bag. The desiccant satchel also has a limited life and care needs to be taken to find an alternative if the satchel needs to be discarded.
How close should I level my bed?
If the Marble filament is too low to the bed, it may create clogging. This occurs as the nylon does not melt at the temperature being extruded and lodges between the nozzle and the bed/layer, simply dragging instead, thereby causing a backup of the filament in the hot end. Increasing the hot end temperature will not solve this issue as nylon has significantly different profiles to PLA. The best way to avoid clogging is to very accurately level the bed.