Printing in Bronze and Stainless Steel

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kerog
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Printing in Bronze and Stainless Steel

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Just got in my spools of Colorfabb's Bronzefill and Proto-Pasta's Stainless Steel PLA. Initial prints using a 0.5 mm nozzle (Felix nozzle drilled out to the larger diameter by a friend) were pretty straightforward, as advertised. Printed a rook from the Staunton Chess Set on Thingiverse using each material. They are in the tumbler right now with a bunch of shot; we'll see what kind of polish I can get. Will post photos tomorrow. My ultimate objective is to do a full chess set in bronze and stainless.

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Post by Formatize »

Awesome, eager to see the images.
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Post by kerog »

Here are some pics. Still experimenting with the postprocessing.
Bronzefill test print
Bronzefill test print
Bronzefill rook without post processing
Bronzefill rook without post processing
Bronzefill (somewhat sanded by hand) and unprocessed Stainless
Bronzefill (somewhat sanded by hand) and unprocessed Stainless
In the tumbler with shot
In the tumbler with shot
Bronzefill pawns, raw and tumbled with shot and screws overnight
Bronzefill pawns, raw and tumbled with shot and screws overnight
More bronzefill comparisons.  Middle is tumbled for one night
More bronzefill comparisons. Middle is tumbled for one night
Bronzefill, sanded then tumbled with shot one night, then tumbled with shot and screws
Bronzefill, sanded then tumbled with shot one night, then tumbled with shot and screws
The tumbling seems to be more effective on the BronzeFill than the Stainless Steel PLA. The BronzeFill is also substantially more dense; you can really feel the difference in weight between the two rooks.

Tonight I'm tumbling with a lot more screws and nuts relative to shot. Also, I left a pawn each from the bronzefill and the stainless steel PLA with a friend who has some rotary buffing tools he will try out.
I'll post more pics as I continue to experiment.

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Post by JTa »

What kind of thumbler are you using..?

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Post by kerog »

A Lortone tumbler I got off of Amazon. Nothing fancy.

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Post by kerog »

More pics with better shine from further tumbling.
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Post by seaton »

nice work and great prints.

what was the reasoning behind the non standard extrusion diameter? Is it a requirement for these types of filaments?

I'm waiting for the colorfabb Brass filament to be released to give a go, my father is into model engineering and wants a loco nameplate printed up.

Currently I've printed one up and was going to cast is out of brass, but I definitely want to try these exciting filament ranges so a perfect opportunity to try it out.
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Post by kerog »

As I understand it these specialty filaments with particles of whatever material are susceptible to clogs when using a .35 mm nozzle. That was certainly my experience with laywood, and the vendor sites generally say that you want at least 0.4 mm. 0.5 mm seemed safest to me. You'll notice that Lulzbot defaults to 0.35 mm for the Taz, but for their Flexystruder they go to 0.5 mm.

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Post by seaton »

ok that makes sense, since I've moved over the the e3d I had order the different nozzle sizes form big to small as I'm normally printing with their 0.3 size nozzle. Anyway will get myself some of this nice filament to try out.

you prints and the finishes look fantastic
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Post by satoer »

Nice! Thanks for sharing your experiments. I didn't even know the types of filament :)
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