Lostboyslab, in collaboration with Reflow, launched two collections of new rPLA 3D filaments, particularly for design professionals in extrusion 3D printing. Based on recycled PLA, now with a matte finish and a world’s first color matched filament using the Natural color system (NCS colors).
Both collections are aimed for use by architects, interior decorators, product designers and other professionals that want to use FDM printing for final production. Lostboyslab as a circular design studio and Scandinavia’s largest print farm, have during the years tested more than 200 different materials on the market but none of them were what we as designers really wanted.
The mission and objective is to create a new circular and sustainable material that is recycled, easy to print with and ultimately has high quality surface finish. The new material is bio derived from corn starch and the rPLA is developed together with dutch company Reflow. Adding matte into the material gives it a completely different finish in comparison to regular shiny 3D filament materials. It enables the FDM technology to be superior for home decorations, interior products, architectural models and other products that require a nice looking finish similar to clay and ceramics and not actual plastic.
“We are very proud of the new materials, it has taken our manufacturing of certain products to another level with color, finish and sustainability. The partnership with both Swedish designers, Reflow and NCS have been the key to the success of these materials,” said Stefan Larsson, Founder of Lostboyslab.
Another important feature is the colors that were designed from start to finish with NCS, the Natural color system, widely used in architecture and interior design. Every 3D filament is designed with the NCS index for both collections and all parties used the NCS index in the process to get as closely matched to the actual color as possible.
Shades of grey is the collection ranging from matte Pure White (NCS S 0300-N) to Darkest of Black (NCS S 9000-N) and with various grey colors in between. Perfect for model, engineering and design parts requiring a minimalistic view on color.
Home decor is developed together with the interior designers at STYLE COLLECTION HOME and is mainly intended for home and public spaces utilising interior products and decorations. The matte finish with Porcelain White (NCS S 1000-N) to Sand, (NCS S 1595-Y30R) and even to Earth (NCS S6005-Y50R) will be some of the great materials for your next interior project that can be seamlessly matched to modern home and hotel design.
The matte rPLA have also been tested rigorously in the 3D print farm of Lostboyslab as well as numerous designers, architects and engineers. Another benefit from the matte material is the ability to wet sand the product slightly after 3D printing. The various colors allow for more or less post-processing depending on the masterbatch color and it can vary from how it is printed.
For Lostboyslab the partnership with Reflow was a given success, both companies work hard to recycle waste streams and create high quality materials for 3D printing. With the two new collections from Lostboyslab, we have proven that a recycled bio derived material can be used for perfect 3D prints with very high quality, good enough for the final end product. The ability to recycle the product again as well as the biodegradable option is simply put, what the world needs. The current waste stream used comes from food packaging waste inside the EU (Benelux).
The new filaments are available for immediate delivery from our warehouse in the South of Sweden available in 1.75 mm format and in 1000 gram rolls. Other material weights will be added later. 3D printed material samples are also available for ordering. Lostboyslab has a master agreement with NCS Colour AB in Stockholm.
“At Reflow, we’ve pioneered a material development approach to recycle discarded plastic into a range of exceptional materials for 3D printing,” added Ronan Hayes – Co-Founder Reflow. “Over the past 5 years, we‘ve established a collaborative network of recyclers, makers and paradigm shifting design teams like Lostboyslab to tackle plastic pollution, support local communities and co-create meaningful design“We’re all driven by the same goal, harnessing this ever evolving set of technologies to transform sustainable materials into an infinite array of socially conscious creations.”