What is Proto-pasta?  Can I eat it?

While the filament may resemble spaghetti, Proto-pasta is not actually pasta. The name is a combination of the company, ProtoPlant, and the pasta-like shape of filament. #donteatthepasta.

You can find it in our shop.

Where is Proto-pasta made?

Proto-pasta is manufactured by ProtoPlant, a small professional engineering firm in Vancouver, Washington, USA founded by Dustin Cram.

Proto-pasta: Powered by ProtoPlant Extrusion Technology

Dustin Cram and team have an endless passion for designing, building, and tinkering.  What began as an exploration into creating extrusion machinery, resulted in the Kickstarting of 3 new materials for affordable FFF/FDM Style 3D Printers such as Lulzbot, Makerbot, Printrbot, Robo3D, SeeMeCnc, Type A Machines, Ultimaker, etc. Since Kickstarting Additive Manufacturing’s First Carbon Fiber Composite Reinforced PLA, the Proto-pasta brand has evolved into an expanded palette of materials including Steel, Iron, High Temperature, and Conductive PLAs (with more to come).

Proto-pasta is powered by ProtoPlant’s self-made industrial extrusion technology. It’s what makes making Proto-pasta pastable (that’s fun to say)!

Proto-pasta: 3D Printer filament for makers, by makers

The Proto-pasta brand was born from a unique intersection of passion for making, access to technology, and growing online communities. With a mission to make 3D Printing more interesting and useful, through improved access to unique materials, they continue to innovate and extend their reach through partnering with new communities such as 3D Hubs.

Dustin told us more about the projects humble beginnings.

Born on Kickstarter, we owe our success to the many communities of makers and 3D Printing enthusiast from around the world who believe in what we we are doing.  Little known fact, all of our test prints for our first crowdfunding were made on a 1970s end mill retrofitted with numerical control and an E3D hot end.  We mixed materials on a hot plate and did small test extrusions using our lathe. Yup, we’ve added some printers and purpose-built machinery since then, but doesn’t get much more maker than that!!!

What can I make with Proto-Pasta?

The possibilities are endless but if you are creating prints that need to re-create a metal component or figure then this is the perfect filament for you. Proto-Pasta have a great getting started page on their website.

We asked one of our team to make a print using Proto-Pasta. Here’s a print of Yip Man made with Proto Pasta!

Now that you have more information about Proto-Pasta why not give it a go. Visit our shop to see our full range of Proto-Pasta filament.


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