There are a handful of 3D printer filament manufacturers that have really been pumping out all sorts of new materials as of late. One such company is ProtoPlant, which is at forefront of the market when it comes to introducing new, unique printing materials.
While they are a newcomer to the filament manufacturing space, they have grown quite quickly over the past year.
“2014 has been a wonderful year for us; we launched Proto-pasta, created and released six innovative materials including Steel, Iron, and (now) Conductive PLA, and ship our material world wide,” Sara Shepherd, Community Outreach for ProtoPlant tells 3DPrint.com. “We are very excited about 2015 and the creation of even more materials which will help drive this technology forward!”
The latest, and perhaps greatest material release from ProtoPlant is their Conductive PLA, which is part of a Kickstarter campaign that has launched in conjunction with ProtoPlant exhibiting at the upcoming 2015 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada (Booth #75029 in Eureka Park), where they will have samples on hand for attendees.
As for the Conductive PLA, “conductive” may be an understatement, as this material is between 60 times and 700,000 times more conductive than readily available conductive filaments currently on the market. It is powerful enough to complete circuits and allow for the 3D printing of completely functional electronics. It is also completely compatible with other PLA filaments, allowing users to create a variety of different touch screen projects, including touch sensors. It prints just like normal PLA (230C hot end temperature) and is manufactured in-house at ProtoPlant, which is located in Washington State. … (read more)