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A uniquely created nylon filament, which was once used to farm our seas, has now been wonderfully recycled by the team at Fishy Filaments for your to 3D Print!
This is the Porthcurno Premium Blend of recycled fishing nets, named Porthcurno after one of the most spectacular beaches in the UK. Home to the Minack Theatre, the Telegraph Museum and landing point for Great Britain’s global telegraph network from the 1850s, it remains an important communications hub even in the global Internet age. Discover more here
A brief introduction:
When the nets reach the team at Fishy Filaments the nets have typically been used by Cornish fishers for 3-6 months, and very rarely any longer as their surfaces become cloudy and they stop catching fish. Net lofts around Cornwall re-string frame lines (the ropes on the top & bottom of each net panel) whenever a panel gets too worn or gets ripped, and we gather both full panels at the end of their useful life and fragments of repaired nets.
So the nylon might be a bit salty and have a few bits of seaweed attached but the underlying high quality polymer is still there and we do our very best to make sure that we don’t destroy its value by over processing, adding pigments or including other chemical modifiers.
The Porthcurno blend works well in applications where flexibility, translucency or dye-ability are useful attributes. Its light blue-green colour and highly translucent quality mean that it will take a wide range of off-the-shelf dyes extremely well.
Keeping it to a minimum!
We have tried to reduce the amount of non-recyclable material we ship along with your filament, but there is a balance between waste in packaging and waste of material due to damage in transit. We hope to have found that balance but we are open to suggestions as our product line evolves.
All our filaments are distributed using the MasterSpool concept to help reduce the amount of single use plastic in circulation and reduce emissions associated with shipping. It saves you cost in postage too. You can download the masterspool here
which has been kindly produced by Richard Horne.
More information can be found on the Fishy Filament website here
Porthcurno is a semi-amorphous nylon blend with high tensile strength, good impact resistance and low surface friction. Its post-print properties after atmospheric curing or overnight soaking in water make an especially interesting material for use in applications where moderate flexibility and high strength are useful e.g. wearables and live hinges.
Nylon is a technical, engineering grade material and is not recommended for novice users.
As with most nylons, Porthcurno is susceptible to absorbtion of moisture both before and after printing.
Filament should be dried prior to use and kept in a controlled environment between uses. Insufficient drying prior to use will result in warping, poor surface quality and an increased probability of print failure.
Typical drying parameters are ~5 hours at 70-80C at a controlled humidity of 20% H2O or lower. Effective drying cannot be achieved reliably at temperatures below 70C.
We would also recommend keeping the filament moisture free, even when 3D printing, by using one of the PolyMaker Polybox™ dispensers available here.
The use of domestic ovens to dry filament is not recommended.
A heated printer bed is highly recommended, as is the use of a suitable bed preparation material e.g. 3DLAC or other bed adhesion materials.
Average Printing parameters:
Bed Temperature - 60 - 80 °C
Printing Temperature - 250 - 270 °C
Printing Speed - 30 - 60 mm/s