About this project
MatteForge is a new filament that produces a beautiful matte, low gloss finish right off the print bed.
This innovative filament produces a finish unlike any other filament. MatteForge reduces the visibility of printed layer lines and gives a professional appearance to all prints. This is achieved whilst enhancing the contrast between light and shadow to highlight fine details. This highly desirable effect makes MatteForge perfect for industrial and product design, and technical engineering models.
We decided to launch MatteForge as we were tired of the usual glossy finish associated with almost all PLA based materials. MatteForge gives an enhanced matte finish that exceeds even the best ABS filaments but has the ease of printability associated with PLA. This is done without the need for additives that might weaken the filament.
Productivity can also be increased with the ability to print at faster speeds and larger layer heights than usually required to achieve a visually appealing finish. MatteForge can speed up the whole printing process.
Not only does MatteForge have a stunning low gloss finish, it also has very good mechanical properties such as high impact resistance and good flexural strength. MatteForge is very easy to print so is great for both beginners and printing professionals. As it is PLA based it does not warp and has amazing layer adhesion, but more importantly MatteForge has no odour.
- Matte finish, low gloss.
- High impact resistance.
- Good flexural strength.
- Easy to use, same print settings as typical PLA .
- Great layer and bed adhesion.
- Made from 100% renewable and natural raw materials.
- Almost no odour.
- No warping (low shrinkage, 0.3%).
- Available in 1.75mm or 2.85mm.
- +/- 0.05mm diameter tolerance.
Recommended Printing Temperature: 180 - 220C (ideal 195C)
Heated Bed: Not Required (but can be used)
Recommended Printing Speed: 40 - 120 mm/s
MatteForge is initially available in black, white, grey, red and blue. *EDIT: We have now reached our stretch goal for extra colours green, yellow and orange.
Each 1KG MatteForge filament will be supplied on a transparent spool in a 230 x 210 x 80mm retail box. The filament will be vacuum packed inside along with a desiccant bag.
- Box dimensions: 230 x 210 x 80mm
- Spool dimensions: 200mm diameter x 68mm (inner hub 50mm diameter)
- Gross weight: 1500g (1.5KG)
- Filament weight: 1000g (1KG)
This is our third 3D printing Kickstarter campaign having always wanted a filament with a beautiful matte finish for our own prints. We couldn't find anything available that would visually disguise the layers that hinder FFF/FDM printing without the addition of post processing or including additives such as foam or fibre that might weaken the filament. MatteForge produces the finish we always wanted right off the print bed.
For months we have been testing various materials and compounds with help from our 3D Hub and various 3D printer manufacturers who are keen for MatteForge to be available for their machines.
MatteForge has been developed to deliver a low gloss matte finish, along with very good mechanical properties including high impact resistance and good flexural strength. MatteForge produces no odour and is the easiest filament we have ever printed with.
MatteForge is our most exciting product yet. It has taken over a year to get to this stage where we are 100% confident in the performance and we can make it available to you.
MatteForge is made in the EU.
Choose any combination of colours...
(Available in 1.75mm or 2.85mm)
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Risks and challenges
We have over 30 years manufacturing and design experience. For this project we have been fully testing the finished material for months on many different printers, extruders and build surfaces. This is our 3rd 3D printing Kickstarter campaign and we have never failed to deliver on any project. We have everything in place to start manufacture and do not foresee any issues in production. However, if any issues arise with manufacturing or shipping delays, we will communicate with you promptly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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