Have you ever had a print finish and wish you could enhance its detail? Well, now you can with thank to Skulpt Copper Filament by Thibra3D! Read on to learn more about this fascinating filament!
Skulpt filament is a unique filament by Thibra3D for 3D printing. Why so unique? Well, it allows adjustments or changes to be made on 3D prints after printing! Thibra3D Skulpt is infinitely changeable when heated with a hot air gun. A revolutionary choice for industrial designers, prototyping, artists, architects, prop makers or anyone who wants to make a complete, clean and extremely smooth print with their 3D printer.
The packaging for the Skulpt Copper Filament is good. Packaged in a large cardboard box, with scrunched up paper for padding, it was secure. The filament itself is in its labelled box and sealed in cellophane. Unfortunately, there is no extra bag to store the filament when not being used even though it does include a desiccant sachet!
- Rids of print lines, blobs and zits by smoothing the object with heat and water
- Light, strong, and self-supporting at all sizes
- Infinitely changeable. Adjust, carve, cut and add material to your creation after it’s 3D printed
- Low working temperature – 70° is ideal for modelling
- It comes in cool colours lending extreme clarity to forms and shadows
- Easy to paint. Just degrease with soap and lukewarm water and go
- Reusable – never dries out or cracks
- Use an alcohol lamp, hot water or a heat gun to warm specific areas of your 3D print
- Easily processable for the best details
- Hard surface, polishable and easy to paint
How to use it
Once you have printed your model, you are then ready to skulpt and enchance your model. To do this, all you need to do is apply some controlled heat to soften the material. You are then free to make changes to your model without destroying it.
The start of this video kind of gives you an insight.
I printed Einstein from MyMiniFactory using an infill of 15%, three perimeters. And a 0.2 layer height. The temperature was set to 210. I printed this on my CR10S which is installed with the Micro Swiss Direct Drive. As this filament is more flexible than PLA, some stringing is to be expected.
This printed great! Supports came off without a struggle. As this filament is kind of like elasticity/rubbery, when trimming bits off, the filament has a white undercoat…a bit like white tak.
Now the print is complete, let’s try out the Skulpting part of it!
I thought I would start with the back in case it went wrong, then at least I could still display it. Got out my trusty heat gun, that has two settings. I stuck with setting one as it didn’t appear so fierce.
All was going well the layer lines were disappearing, giving a beautiful shiny look to Einstein. I then moved around to the front of the model to heat that as carefully as I could…well, disaster struck!
The heat got a bit too much for Einstein, and he started folding into himself! I just carried on until he was just a blob! The blob felt like putty, which you could remodel. When it cools, just heat it, and you can rebuild it. I can think of a few issues here as to what caused it, aside from the user error – Not enough infill or perimeters!
Let’s try another model, but using more infill and more perimeters. I will be going with five perimeters and 30% infill for this Moai model from Thingiverse.
This one should be easier to skulpt without it melting into a blob!
You only need to apply slight heat to the model and smooth out with your fingers, or with some kind of tool. It smoothed out the imperfections as you can see. On the last picture, I added some lips to it to show you how it can be shown to be like the clay! I didn’t use any water, but I guess using water would help smooth it out better. This was a lot of fun!
Where to buy
Skulpt filament is available to purchase directly from 3DJake. It’s not the cheapest from £44 for a 1kg roll, but you are getting something unique! You can purchases samples of this at just under £4 for 50g if you wanted to try before committing to a full roll.
Other colours are available!
To sum up, this Skulpt Copper Filament was very easy to print with. It prints quite well, although be wary of the temperature, as if too hot, it will just make a mess. The quality it produces is excellent and shows excellent details. For the skulpting element, this needs plenty of practice and patience! It’s a fun thing to do with your print. You could even manipulate your prints, for example, say a bust, make the smile bigger or the neck longer! This wouldn’t be an every day filament to use, but for specific uses which require the enhancement if fine details, go for it!