One of the design constraints facing artists and other creative types using 3D printing is the limited palette of available plastic filaments. Most sources of affordable filament tend to stick with primary (elementary school) colors like Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, White, and Black. That’s fine if you want to create items in the a LEGO universe, but many of us also want to give more class and style to our creations.
One step in the right direction is the new “Fruity Candies Series” of PLA filaments introduced by Tinkerine. The company, located in Vancouver Canada, is a new player in this market – but so are most people and companies involved in the low cost 3D printing space.
The most important factor, at least in my opinion, is that Tinkerine is owned and operated by people directly involved and engaged in 3D printing themselves. They aren’t just a pass-through distributor. Since they actually design and print parts themselves, and participate actively in the printer scene, they know what works and what doesn’t. They have a real feel, based on actual experience, about the needs and priorities of their customers. That goes a long way.
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