We worked hard for a wonderful Stick Filament launching site and now… here it is! Stick Filament is a innovative 3d printing format for plastic filaments with many “pro”.
EASY, because you can load the filament in the 3d print simply avoiding any twisting;
COMFORTABLE, because you can have a tidy desktop;
COLORED, because you can print multicolor objects from the same extruder;
CHEAP, because you can buy small quantity of filament also with the choise of more colours;
WISE, because you can reduce as much as possible the wasting of not used filament;
TECHNOLOGICAL, because Stick filament could be produced with many different materials, difficult to find in spool;
SMART, because you can customize materials and colours on demand.
From today you can pre-order them in our new site in three different versions: Mix Pack (multicolor filaments in PLA and HIPS) and Photolum Pack (phosphorescent HIPS). The Sticks are, at the moment, available only in 3mm.
We need at least 100 pre-orders for the production start-up and then we’ll be ready to go for the shipping! 🙂
Our efforts to look for new materials ad hoc for 3D printing are bringing significant results through the use of Stick Filament.
Today we present the Cellulose acetate. It is an ancient material, early versions date from the second half of 800, with rich applications nowadays: eye glasses, for example. We are testing it, obviously in stick format, in order to verify its limits and potential. The first tests are very good: excellent print quality (even without hot bed), no shrinkage and warping, excellent mechanical resistance of the press. And finally, it also can be water-soluble! Not bad…
Design for Craft supports the National Convention of Spina Bifida organized by AMISB (October 27th, 2013 in Civitanova Marche). Spina bifida is a developmental congenital disorder caused by the incomplete closing of the embryonic neural tube. We want to send a message that we hope will be helpful to many. The increasing diffusion of technology “open” and digital fabrication can give a real contribution to the solution of some problems of the disability, but few are aware of that outside of the maker’s world.
In this site, we have shown some examples for the upgrading of everyday objects. It’s important to know that a new way of thinking and produce useful items and support to our living situations under difficult conditions is now possible thanks to the “ad personam” production of prostheses and aids with new tools, easy, cheap and friendly. Check out this video.
This can happen with our lead role in the problem solving process. Nowadays the upgrading can also relate to ourselves and our physical conditions, so we should call it “self upgrading”.
The tests on Stick Filaments 3mm are on the go, and soon we will have ready version also for 1.75mm. The Styrene, that we’re trying for weeks with excellent results, according to the feedbacks from testers and makers that are using different FFF printer models. In general the Styrene ensures low extrusion temperatures, absence of warping and good quality of the final print (similar to that of PLA). Also remember that the Styrene, unlike the ABS, doesn’t cause harmful emissions (in the form of Ultra Fine Particels) of hydrogen cyanide.
In a short time we’ll be testing PLA Stick Filaments, but the great news for everybody are special plastics. We will be able to propose plastics not currently available on the market of the filaments for 3D printing: surely you’ll be surprised… To keep up with the latest news arrival we invite you to subscribe to our newsletter.
DfC present Stick Filament at the Rome Maker Faire. Stick filament is a new filament format designed for 3d printing: easy, smart, colored, modular. You can print in multicolor and with a huge variety of materials!
Watch out our video!
Something about design is going to change. New interpretations of uses and of needs suggest us to find new ways of designing and producing objects. If the last 20 years the design spoke about restyle, the XXI century design push us to think about real needs in a deeper sense. And it do it in an ironical way. The style, of course, became a secondary theme.
Enjoy our design experiment on the video!
DfC will be at Rome MakerFaire on October 3 to 6, an international event for the makers community (and not only). We will have our stand and we’ll proudly present some new stuff we are working about for months. First, we’ll show some of the plastic filaments for additive 3d printing that we are testing and we commercialize them directly at our stand. We’ll also show to the visitors some popular products, sold in the stores of large industrial groups of furniture design, that we have “hacked”. We’ve re-designed them, changing their functionality and form, improving their functionality, quality and usability. This re-design process (and the following production of finished objects or their components) is called design hacking. We strongly believe that the DIY technology should develop and interact, outside and independently, with industrial mass production.
You could meet us in the MakerFaire and we will be happy to show you our works and materials.
Heal your own favourite object when it’s damaged …what a better use for a 3D desktop printer!
Last week Vinz girlfriend’s lamp shade get fused. Vinz loves her girlfriend so he definitely wants torepair it, of course not in a traditional way. He chooses to personalize the lamp shade with WASP 3D printer, using more materials like Nylon, ABS and PLA in different colours. The pictures shows the results, and Vinz shows how much he loves his girlfriend.
We’re currently testing new kind of filaments for 3d printing with (additive manufacturing). One of this is Polyethylene Terephthalate, aka PET, a thermoplastic polymer resin. It is a very versatile material, commonly known for use in food (eg bottles) but is used in various fields.
We tested the first molded parts for an heavy duty because we want to verify their mechanical strength after undergoing the process of extrusion.
Here are some components for the world sport: guards and protections for sport motorcycles. These components have been stressed, bumped, tried on different bikes and, today, we can be satisfied: they do their job well!
We are just beginning and we want to verify the safety of 3dprinting PET for food and beverage industry. Soon more news for you!
We are working on new plastic materials for 3D printing; we want that new benefits will be available for all those who produce objects with 3D printing. That’s why we are developing new plastic filaments, suitable for most of the 3D printers on the market today, providing new specifications and performance.
For example the ABS is one of the most common materials for 3d printing with fused filaments, so we’ve decided to develop the first filament of ABS flame resistant (V0 flammability class)! We are sure that this will enable the creation of new objects, new possibilities and new functionality.
Follow us for our latest news about the materials we’re testing and for more informations.