We’re no longer limited to plastic materials when 3D printing. There are metal and wood filaments that can even be sanded and filed like the real thing. However, these filaments are harder to print with, damaging to the nozzles, and more brittle than the typical filaments.
But that doesn’t mean you have to give up your dreams of creating metallic models and objects. If you think that metal filaments are more trouble than they’re worth, here are 3 nozzle-safe alternatives to metal filaments.
PLA is one of the easiest filaments to print with. And with the X3D Pro Silk PLA, you can replicate the metallic sheen without actually using metal or applying paint to your 3D-printed objects. Just like our bestselling PLA, this filament is just as biodegradable and displays a low shrinkage level and good rigidity. It is currently on sale for only $44.95 (originally $49.95).
If you want your print to be multi coloured, try the Eryone Mini Rainbow PLA. It extrudes a different colour every 4~10m, which is shorter than the typical Eryone gradient filaments, making it perfect for smaller models.
It is a PLA-based filament that is made from cornstarch, which means it has high purity, a consistent shape, and is less likely to clog nozzles.
If you want a more subtle multi coloured filament, the Eryone Metal Silk Rainbow PLA is the way to go. It changes colour every 10m, which means it works best on larger prints in order to see the full range of colours. It has little odour, minimal warping, no clogging, and minimal warping properties.