Why are construction road signs and traffic cones the color orange? The answer is simple: orange gets our attention. You might think that would make a planter with orange feel overwhelming, but the tangerine shade of this orange filament is just the right hue to feel bold but also cozy and warm, inspiring relaxation, joy, and creativity. These positive characteristics of orange are why many design experts promote using this fun, often underutilized color. After all, as you may have heard, orange is the new black.
Adding an extra dimension to this orange HTPLA filament is its metallic flecks. The result is that your creation will shift from orange to more of a golden sheen in the light, making your planter even more of a dynamic showstopper.
On its own, the Protopasta Tangerine Orange Metallic Gold HTPLA creates a lot of wonderful nature-based planters, such as a pumpkin, the sun, flowers, carrots, tropical birds, and of course, the fruits after which it is named. However, it also can function just as the color does in fashion, adding a beautiful pop of color to any masterpiece.
This bold orange filament prints just like regular PLA. There are no abrasive fillers to excessively wear out your nozzle. There are also no large particles that will lead to jams.
This Protopasta HTPLA can be heat treated through baking, which is great news if you need improved heat resistance compared to normal PLA. To heat treat, the manufacturer suggests a temperature of 225°F with convection for the best results. The heat treating is complete once the print goes from translucent to opaque with reduced gloss.
It is important to realize that when you heat treat, printed parts will get “floppy” before firming up. To keep your planter looking its best, provide supports and bake on a non-radiating surface, like glass or ceramic.
Also, please note that some shrinking may occur if you decide to heat treat this product.