Loveland, Colorado’s Aleph Objects, Inc. is undeniably a leader within the 3D printing industry, but they have retained their ideals, integrity, and dedication to users. I’m a big fan. And not just because I live in the same state, where they certainly make Coloradoans proud.
As a company built around and committed to freedom for the user and a complete open-source paradigm–not to mention offering some extremely popular, quality 3D printers in the form of the LulzBot Taz 5 and the LulzBot Mini–surely they keep the competition on their toes, as well as offering quite the benchmark for startups.
And if other competing manufacturers weren’t nervous enough about them already, their latest partnership with colorFabb is truly an ace in the hole.
As Aleph Objects collaborates with the Dutch filament maker, users can look forward to an increasingly powerful array of options for innovation. colorFabb, founded in 2013 and spun off into its own company just a couple months ago, is comprised of a team that is passionate about making amazing materials to support the desktop 3D printing industry.
Now, they’ll be offering four of their premium materials for the LulzBot line of printers:
- bambooFill combines recycled bamboo fibers (20%) with premium colorFabb PLA (80%) to create natural looking, lightweight 3D printed objects.
- bronzeFill combines finely ground bronze powder with premium colorFabb PLA allowing heavy 3D printed objects that can be polished or oxidized to achieve the desired finish.
- copperFill combines finely ground copper powder with premium colorFabb PLA allowing heavy 3D printed objects that can be polished or oxidized to achieve the desired finish.
- woodFill combines recycled wood fibers (30%) with premium colorFabb PLA (70%) to create natural looking, lightweight 3D printed objects.
“We are excited to start co-operating with Aleph Objects. The mutual goal of both companies to bring a reliable and satisfactory user experience makes the combination of both Aleph´s well-known and renowned brand of 3D printers and colorFabb’s range of special filaments a perfect match,” notes Ruud Rouleaux, CEO of colorFabb. “During our talks we found that there is a lot of common ground between Aleph Objects and colorFabb in terms of dedication to quality and enthusiasm for 3D printing.”
The four materials from colorFabb are officially supported in Cura LulzBot Edition v18 and are available for purchase at LulzBot. Aleph Objects is also adding Cura LulzBot Edition v18 support for colorFabb XT co-polyester, produced from Amphora 3D Polymer by Eastman Chemical Company.
“Aleph Objects’ commitment to Libre Innovation and respecting user freedom creates an environment where developers thrive and the user benefits,” explains Harris Kenny, Vice President of Marketing at Aleph Objects, Inc. “colorFabb is a pioneer in the rapidly growing desktop 3D printing industry, and we are proud to officially support and sell their premium materials for the LulzBot platform.”
These new materials join dozens that are already officially supported in Cura LulzBot Edition v18 and sold at LulzBot, including HIPS, PLA, ABS, nylons, elastomers, polyesters, polycarbonate, glow-in-the-dark, electrically conductive, UV reactive, and more.
We’ve followed countless stories already of designers who’ve made some inspiring pieces with colorFabb materials, from religious statues made with woodFill to incredible works of art created with copperFill–and users raving about the products through their entire making process. We’re also seeing ongoing innovation from colorFabb as they roll out new filaments, like the recently announced nGEN copolyester-based material. Now, LulzBot 3D printers fueled with colorFabb materials should indeed bring some amazing new designs to fruition worldwide, thanks to two companies who define unique and due to their leading innovations have both become respected leaders in their areas of expertise. Discuss this story in the Lulzbot / colorFabb forum thread on 3DPB.com.