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New reflective 3D printer filament by Kai

According to SOLAY and many other exotic 3D printing materials, REFLECT-o-LAY has once again left a new, innovative filament of the Kai inventor’s workshop. The material itself is known, for example, from warning reflective vest which return the light in the direction from which it was emitted.

The flexible filament appears just gray in normal daylight, but if you light it up with a flashlight, you can see its retro-reflective effect. This is possible by millions of tiny reflective pigments. Up until now, this effect has been created by applying reflective colors to shoes or backpacks by means of screen printing for road safety. However, the use of such a material in 3D printing is quite new.

To present his latest invention, Kai has printed the famous Abbey Road pedestrian transition scene of the Beatles. The special highlight of his Dioramas is the then invisible cyclist, which is now also on display. The design is available for Thing verse by the way.

The REFLECT-o-LAY filament will only be available in small quantities for researchers and designers, but will be launched in May of this year at the latest. Manufacturers who wish to purchase a license can contact Kai directly.

Reflect-o-lay filament Kai 3d printing reflective material REFLECT-O-LAY, which is still flexible, can be found in many areas, including reflective accessories or patches, accessories for cyclists, marking points for orientation or as reflective body parts of the 3D printed car of the future .

Kai has already experimented with reflective pigments for the first time in the 90s, as he tells us:

"The result is a spray paint for cyclists and pedestrians, who are sprayed on the clothes or the bicycle to be seen well in traffic. The highlight, the color is hardly visible on the clothing, rainwater resistant and after a season with soap or in the washing machine washable. "

To my question whether it is possible that I have seen such a color in the last few months under the name Volvo Life Paint, Kai said: "Right."

Note: Kai has patented its reflective spray paint as early as 1998; Recently Volvo has launched a "very similar" product with reflective element Life Paint, which was developed and patented by a Swedish team.

The filament is easily printable at 200 ° C and will only be produced as a 3 mm version, especially since soft 1.75 mm filaments cannot be well fed. But here, too, Kai has a solution as an alternative: the 1730 hot end developed by him makes it possible to process filaments of both diameters. The kick starter campaign for this was successfully completed a few days ago and the delivery of the innovative endorsement is to begin in the second half of the year.

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