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Success with Proto-Pasta Stardust

Proto-pasta Stardust has quickly become one of my favorite fun materials to print with. Like the rest of their HTPLA range it's prints incredibly easily with regular PLA settings.

Proto-pasta Stardust has quickly become one of my favorite fun materials to print with. Like the rest of their HTPLA range it's prints incredibly easily with regular PLA settings. If you follow the hints here you will get this filament to truly shine!

Recommended Settings

Like all other Proto-pasta HTPLA Stardust is easy to print. Nozzle between 190 and 230, with our flashforge printers doing best around 210 (which is standard for PLA). The bed can be unheated but the standard 55 for PLA is the way to go if you have a heated bed.

Special Considerations

A) Print Orientation

Objects printed in Stardust look best when viewed from the top or bottom, as these surfaces have a higher chance of holding glitter on the surface of the extrusion (The buddah print really shows this). So if you can print the object with the “viewed” surface, i.e. the one you want most sparkle, facing up. However you can get a good sparkly finish when viewed from the side if using taller layer heights (ie lower resolutions).

B) Resolution

Layer heights from 0.05 to 0.8 were tested and all were successful, but for best sprakliest results taller was better. As a rule of thumb your minimum resolution will be 80% of your nozzle width. For most printers this works out to be 0.3 mm (300 microns). While this will leave you with a poorer surface finish, Stardust is very good at hiding layer lines, and not very good at showing fine detail anyway. Finally a material that prints quickly and looks better for it!

Where to get Proto-pasta Stardust

At Bilby 3D we currently have sample sizes of Stardust available. Let us know if you'd like it in larger spool sizes!


Print Examples

Unicorn Trophy by Apachcreation

on Thingiverse Item 750360

Printer: Prusa i3 MK2S
Done as a multi-material print. The base is Bilby 3D Wood Filament, which adhered excellently to the Stardust PLA!

#3DBenchy by CreativeTools

on Thingiverse Item 763622

Printer: Prusa i3 MK2S
It's not a bench test without a Benchy! Notice that the glitter effect isn't a stong when viewed from the side, but still pops thanks to that large 0.4mm layer height.

Buddah High-res Statue by Geoffro

on Thingiverse Item 763622

Printer: Flashforge Inventor 2 With a very fine layer height the glitter becomes almost invisible when viewed from the side, but from the top a galaxy appears. The material has done a stellar job of catching all the fine details, but these get lost in the noise of the material anyway.


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