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.


Polybox by Polymaker

We are loving this new PolyBox™ . It is a filament storage box that allows you to store your materials in their optimum printing environment while still being able to print with them. PolyBox™ features a thermo-hygrometer to monitor your filaments inside the box. The humidity is regulated by large desiccant bags which absorb moisture from the air inside the PolyBox™, specifically designed for hygroscopic materials such as PolySmooth™, PVA or Nylon. The PolyBox™ can house two 1kg spools simultaneously or one 3kg spool and is compatible with both 1.75mm and 2.85mm filament diameters. (Please note that the large 3Kg spools available by Poylmaker fit neatly into the PolyBox™, the 2.3kg spools currently supplied by FilaPrint do not fit. However all of our other spools fit as snug as a bug in a PolyBox!!)!

Take a look at this video and the video review below by The 3D Print Guy.

Get Your Polybox™  Here


Desiccant type                                         Silica gel

Desiccant specifications                     4*Desiccant sachets 100g

Supported filament spools                2 spools ≤ 1kg or 1 spool 3kg

Humidity range                                      10-99%

Accuracy                                                    ±5%

Resolution                                                 1%

Response                                                   10 seconds

Temperature range                              -50~70 °C

Accuracy                                                    ±1 °C

Battery specifications                         LR44*1

Product size                                            315(L)*190(W)*310(H)

Package size                                           196(L)*320(W)*320(H)

Product weight (without

desiccants and wires)                        1.150kgs

Package weight                                     1.700kgs

We found a great review from That 3D Print Guy. Honest and real review of the PolyBox™ .

Don’t forget you can GET IT HERE!

Happy Halloween Prints and the Halloween Givaway

Halloween is not far away. We’ve searched the web to bring you the best spooks and ghouls of the 3D Printed Halloween World.

Though we give thanks to Nigel @NHDesigns3D for designing this 3D printable skeleton key ring.  We are currently trying print enough of these little spookies to give away with each order of 1 spool or more purchased between Monday 23rd and Friday 27th October 2017 and that’s in addition to the FREE “Glow” filament sample that all our customers will be receiving during this exciting giveaway week.

We also really liked this cute 3D Skeleton with moving parts. You could print him using our Glow in the Dark Green filament and upscale him to make a bigger impact on your doorstep or at your Halloween Party!

How about making some Halloween Cookies with these 3DPrinted Cookie Cutters! Yum…

You could use our spooky orange filament and create witches, cats and pumpkins.

Or create a Skull Lantern and add some spooky light to your doorstep!

Whatever you are planning this Halloween we hope you have a spooky time and enjoy all the fun but remember only visit those homes with a pumpkin on the doorstep!


James and the Giant Me

We feel privileged to be able to help our customers and sponsoring this amazing guy is no exception.  Interrupting his extremely busy life we caught up with one of the biggest names in 3Dprinting, James Bruton, and asked him a few questions.

When did you first become aware of 3dFilaprint and how did you find out about us?

Long time ago, about 4 years to be exact, when I first had a 3Dprinter and was trying to find a reliable supplier. I found 3DFilaprint on eBay originally and have been using them ever since.

How have you found our service and products?

Pretty good. I buy a lot. There have been a few issues but Tim is great a sorting out a problem.

What do you like best about our service and products?

Reliability, community and collaboration. I have attended a few TCT events with Tim and team and enjoy working with them.

Tell us more about your last projects.

The Spiderman Robot

Lego Skateboard

The Exo Suit is another ongoing project. It’s made of wood and steel but all the complex bits are 3D printed. You can see James’ latest big update on this project here.

I use a Lulzbot printer and they support my YouTube Channel where there is a new show every Tuesday

What was your favourite project using 3D Filaprint products?

Lego Skateboard. You can see all three episodes of the YouTube shows I made for it here

What other projects are you running using 3D Filaprint filament?

All of them. My day job is working for Bladez Toys so I am working on several projects here as well as my own projects.

What other products should we stock that would be beneficial to you?

I was at the TCT Show recently and saw what Filkemp are doing. They have a low warp, low temperature nylon which doesn’t absorb moisture. This is mainly for clothing and industrial use but could have benefits in many other applications.

What advice would you give to children and young people who are at school and would be interested in pursuing a similar career?

I’m a toy prototype engineer + full time YouTuber, my advice would publish what you do and be active in the community then the toy companies will be able to find you.

You have a thriving YouTube channel, how much time do you put into managing that?

5 days a week. It takes a lot of time to present each episode.

This week we promoted the Spiderman Homecoming which was sponsored and approved by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Sony Pictures asked me to do a Spider-Man DIY project to help promote the Blu-ray and Digital release of Spider-Man Homecoming, so I decided to make my Spider-Man robot launch a surveillance drone! The drone was modified to look like the Spider-Man surveillance drone in Spider-Man Homecoming, and I also built a 3D printed robotic drone launcher pod that unfolds it.

What is your favourite annual event/conference and when and where will you be showing/demonstrating next?

I don’t tend to go to too many as they take me away from creating content. I did go to the TCT show last month.

As for demonstrations I am attempting a Guinness World Record in London on 20th October 2017. The record attempt is for the largest 3D sculpture of a human. The record is 3.06m tall. We are going for a Giant Me of 3.6m. Over 50kg of filament was used in its production. Check out the latest information about the event here.

Good Luck James!

Are you doing anything for Halloween?

I don’t really have a lot of time for celebrating as I am working on another secret project, however I have been invited to a Bonween event. It’s an event between Halloween and Bonfire Night.

I don’t know about you but that could just catch on!

Look out for James next big thing on this blog on 24th October. Also, we will have a report next month on his Guinness World Record attempt!

Thank you James for your time. We look forward to working with you on your projects in the future.


You’ve only got a week to get your hands on this offer!!

As you know we are not attending the TCT 2017 show this year due to other commitments, we have decided to giveaway our samples right here from our unit!

So if you purchase just one single spool or more from our webstore anytime from Monday the 25th September to Sunday evening 1st October 2017 we will include one of our free sample filament boxes with your order. UK orders only.

It’s thanks to your support and feedback that we can continue to grow and develop 3DPrinting technology and help schools, colleges and universities to evolve this technology to its full potential.

So a big thank you for all your support during what has been another amazing year, from all of us at 3D FilaPrint – Tim ~ Yuliya – Arif ~ Lisa – John & Marie.


Next Generation 3D Superstars

One of the great things we like to do here at 3D Filaprint is to promote 3D Printing throughout schools in our local area.

Over the last year we have worked with some fantastically creative students and helped them gain an insight into 3D Printing. As well has having fun all our students gained experience and knowledge helping them take 3D Printing into the wider business environment. We like to think that we have given them just a little spark of what can be achieved in the future of 3D Technology. More about that in our 3D Medical Blog.

What makes us even more proud is to see just how much our part in working with Career Ready has helped towards creating new life chances for the next generation.

Sarah Morton of Career Ready sent us this message of thanks.

Thank you for giving your time over the past year to help young people prepare for work. Working together, we have achieved a great deal over the past year, helping almost 7,000 students prepare for work.

Research shows that adults who recall four or more engagements with an employer while at school, are five times less likely to be NEET (Not in Employment Education or Training) and earned, on average, 16% more than peers who recalled no such activities (research by Dr Anthony Mann, Director of Research and Policy, Education and Employers Taskforce).

Your efforts have contributed to changing life chances.

We have created an infographic to say Thank You. This was created by Fraser McKay, a Career Ready student who joined the team this summer.

On behalf of all the Career Ready team and our partners in schools,


Thank you Sarah for giving us the opportunity to help a little.

We have recently run an afternoon workshop event introducing final year students to 3D Design and Printing.

Next is a presentation to 3rd year students with Dr Kholoud Mohseen of the Essex University.  Details of the event will be posted at the end of October 2017.

Tim Kay told Filablog

The afternoon session was a triumph the students loved it – we have three more planned in the near future.

Watch this space……Next is a presentation to 3rd year students with Dr Kholoud Mohseen of the Essex University.  Details of the event will be posted at the end of October 2017.

#3deducation #3dgeneration #love3d

Imagine a World of Multicolour Prints!

Most 3D Prints up until now have been of one colour.  What if you could print out your creations ready formed and painted?

What would you print? Tell us here.

Well we stumbled across this story on which may just mean your wish has come true.

XYZprinting has announced a table-top 3-D printer that spits out whatever figurine, model, toy, or tiny hamburger you desire in full, vibrant color.

The world of 3D Printing never stands still.

Check out the full story here

Limb Saving 3D Bones

Thanks to ABC Down Under we can bring you this most amazing story of  limb saving surgery.

The first person to have a 3D-printed tibia transplanted into his leg says he cannot wait to put it to good use by walking his fiancee down the aisle.

According to Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH), Reuben Lichter had become the first person in the world to have a 3D-printed tibia or shinbone transplanted into his leg.

It has taken five operations over the past six months — the final one lasting 14 hours.

The 27-year-old developed spontaneous onset of tibial osteomyelitis, an infection of the bone, which resulted in the majority of his tibia – 36cm – being destroyed.

Normally, the only option is an above-knee amputation.

“Doctors came up to me and said there are two options — you can get amputated above the knee or we can try this experimental stuff that may or may not work,” Mr Lichter said.

“I was like, ‘bang, let’s do it’.”

Mr Lichter said his dream now is to walk his fiancee Caity down the aisle.

But he will have to wait a while. Doctors say it will be at least 18 months before he can walk again.

Mr Lichter said his young son William would be walking before he does, but he is set to take his recovery one step at a time.

The 3D-printed model was manufactured in Singapore.

It is wrapped in biological tissue which then engineers the new bone.

A human tibia bone lies to the left of a 3D printed tibia bone.

Health Minister Cameron Dick said it was like scaffolding that supported the biological tissue.

“That then grows effectively a new bone in your leg and this is the first time this has been done,” Mr Dick said.

“We’re not out of the woods yet, there’s a lot of recovery to go through but [Reuben] is very positive, he’s very happy the pain has disappeared and the infection has now gone and he’s living very positively with the future.”

This is such an amazing story and one that we hope can be replicated around the world as 3D Technology begins to evolve further into the world of medical science.

We wish Reuben all the very best for a good recovery.

#3dmedical #3dtechnology #3dtibia

Richard Grant’s Practical Success with Our Skyblue PLA

Richard Grant works globally and in the UK delivering difficult tech and creative projects for Film studios, artists and private clients. He  is a Disruptor and Innovator. Loving to Hack, make and produce. This includes mentoring and making useful and incredible connections. His LinkedIn profile and IMDB reads like a Who’s Who of inspiring and creative projects spanning the last 20 years.

Working from his studio Near Windsor, West of London, he runs “rgproduct” and @FuseDeep as a Freelance Creative Director.

Richard innovates in many areas and most recently in 3Dprinting. Constantly developing and creating ideas for multiple industries. Richard has been honing his 3D skills and has worked on some notable projects such as an LED lit, oil matrix lightweight nodal structure for BP, which was suspended above delegates heads at a corporate event, and a fully working scissor lift, modeled from scratch to hold a £1M present.

You can find all these projects on his LinkedIn Profile.

Recently Richard used our Skyblue PLA to create further the development of @FuseDeep, his large and strong 3Dprinter 1700x400x500mm


We spoke to Richard and asked him what it was in particular he loved about working with 3D Filaprint products?

When did you first become aware of us and how did you find out about 3D Filaprint?

Around 3 years ago I was looking for a good, reliable, high quality British supplier with a fast delivery service. I searched the web and found 3D Filaprint. Since then I have built a great relationship with Tim and his team.

How have you found our service and products?

I’ve been combining fine art with high tech design to create some amazing pieces. Tim is like my #3Dprint Filament R & D department and always has time to discuss pro’s and con’s of using particular materials. If I have a particular project and am not sure about how the material might respond to the need (for use with one of my MakerGearM2s) I know that I can call Tim, discuss a project with him and he will usually have some great advice for me. We often chat to develop ideas, it is a two way street.

What do you like best about our service and products?

The two way conversation I have with Tim.  It’s not just a sale, it’s about building a community of knowledge. He spends time with customers and because of his knowledge of the industry and it’s fast paced developments and products he’s great to discuss ideas with.


Tell us more about the use of the Skyblue PLA in your last project. What did you make and why? Did you design it yourself or use a template?

The parts were created from scratch to enable the creation of my very special 3Dprinter. It is special as it uses polymer slide bearings so can be used in most environments.This followed on from a collaboration with the German company IGUS, worldwide manufacturer and distributor of plastic plain bearings, spherical bearings, linear guides, cable carriers and continuous-flex cables.  Using the gantry as the focus of the project I created a plethora of parts for a 3D printer build project. Use PLA as it’s safe to print and quick and easy to use.

How long did it take to print?

I iterate and apply constantly, since commissioning the gantry and chassis I have taken me about 3 weeks to get from gantry and chassis to 80% complete, which was about 10 – 15 days solid work.  I was able to run the project faster as one of my MakerGearM2 printers has been engineered to run faster.


What other projects are you running using 3D Filaprint filament?

Many of my projects use filament supplied by Tim. There are lots and very varied applications!

What advice would you give to children and young people who are at school and would be interested in pursuing a similar career?

Get good at 3D modelling, understand the use of tools and your hands and combine 3D technology with traditional understanding.

Thank you to Richard Grant for taking the time to speak to us briefly about #3Dprojects, #3Dcommunity and #3DFilaprint.

You can find out more about Richard online:-

If you need some inspiration take a browse through the amazing filaments we have in our store on our filament guide. You can also give our team a call for more advice 01702 611027.

The PolySher™ and Polysmooth™ are here!

We love new products here at 3D Filaprint, so get ready for a PolySher™ and PolySmooth™ by PolyMaker.  We shall be publishing a review from our friends Sue & Ian Hiscocks, coming soon to this blog!

Polysmooth™ from Polymaker is now in stock.

PolySmooth™ gives excellent printing characteristics, balanced mechanical properties, and most importantly, “polishability” when exposed to common alcohols such as isopropyl alcohol or ethanol.

It’s Polishable! The first 3D printable filament engineered for layer free post-processing. Polymaker have specifically developed PolySmooth™ to work alongside the Polysher™ providing the solution to dramatically improve the surface quality of 3D printed objects.

It’s Easy to Print: PolySmooth™ is compatible with all filament-based 3D printers and prints under similar conditions as PLA. Featuring a wide printing temperature range, low odor and no heated bed required, PolySmooth™ is the perfect companion to your desktop 3D printer.

Optimized for Support: Polymaker have taken their experience from PolySupport™ and engineered PolySmooth™ with the same support removal properties. Easily break away support from PolySmooth’s™ surface and once your model is polished there is no scar left on the surface.

3D Filaprint is stocking Polysmooth & Polysher NOW.

Click here to order yours.

Take a look at some of these beautiful creations.

The reviews have been great so far. We’ve listed a couple below, however look out for Sue and Ian’s review coming soon.

Shizzlebiscuit’s review.

3DPrintingCentre’s review

Polysmooth Videos