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Winkle: Company committed to the environment

Winkle: Company committed to the environment

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Faithful to the commitment to the environment, the idea arose to find a new supplier of spools for our filament. After searching for more sustainable spools, we opted for the Alpaplastic brand. What make this 3D spools different? These new 3D spools have an asymmetric five section design and straight "diamond" ribs and the best part is that they are manufactured from recycled materials from the garbage. At Winkle we are already sustainable At the end of 2020 at Winkle we were launching our recycled 3D filament. This PLA-HD filament is created from the waste generated in the production of the filaments. We want to make to our contribution to stop global warming and the accumulation of garbage. What is a sustainable company? Sustainable companies are those that seek the…
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Sustainable 3D printing: PLA filaments

Sustainable 3D printing: PLA filaments

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PLA or polylactic acid is a biodegradable polymer derived from lactic acid with multiple uses, among which is 3d printing. This material is obtained through the polymerization of lactic acid that has its origin in the fermentation of sugars from vegetable products with a high starch content. The origin of this polymer is found in 1932 when Wallace Carothers obtained a product with a low molecular weight by heating lactic acid under vacuum. Later in 1954 after several improvements Dupont, for which Carothers worked, patented the process. As we have already indicated, PLA has as raw materials vegetable products with a high starch content such as corn, beets, wheat or sugar cane, products that are 100% renewable and adapted to the plant resources of each region. . If we add…
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ABS filaments in 3d printing

ABS filaments in 3d printing

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ABS filament or Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene is used for the manufacture of a multitude of products from LEGOs to musical instruments through piping systems, medical devices or carpentry panels. This is because it is a very resistant, lightweight and relatively inexpensive material, making it one of the most widely used plastics in the industry. In the world of 3d printing, ABS filaments are widely used, second only to PLA filaments, used together in this type of printing. This is because it is a material that melts and cools without altering its properties, which makes it ideal for use in 3d printing. But what other qualities does it have? It is a very resistant material (scratches, heat, chemicals) and has great durability. It is the 3D printing material that best withstands…
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PLA filament, an eco-friendly plastic

PLA filament, an eco-friendly plastic

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The current problem with plastics is not alien to anyone, its massive use and the management of its waste is causing serious environmental problems. The consumption of this type of materials is increasing more and more, of which only 30% are recycled and a large part of the untreated plastic reaches the sea and our beaches. That is why we want to talk to you today about our PLA filaments. But what can we do? The key is in a change of mentality, a more rational use of this type of products is necessary, advocating for the elimination of the packaging of all types of products and the purchase in bulk. And, although these types of actions are the basis, it is clear that we will continue to use plastics…
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3D filaments , what’s new in Winkle?

3D filaments , what’s new in Winkle?

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This back to school comes loaded with news in our online store of 3D filaments. Although in principle the summer serves to rest, in Winkle we have dedicated ourselves to filling our website with new colors and filament materials for 3d printers, do you want to know them? In our process of constant improvement, we have introduced new 3d filaments to our catalog, but why do it all the same and give it a twist? That is why this time, in addition to creating new materials that inspire you for 3d printing, we have decided to give our filaments more rolled colors. That is why we have introduced new metallic colors of PLA filaments so that the colors do not limit your 3d prints and you will also do it…
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NEW 3D FILAMENT COLORS

NEW 3D FILAMENT COLORS

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After many tests and work, new colors of 3D filament come to light. This new capsule brings four summer colors and one of them is very special for us. PURPLE WINKLE A brand is much more than a symbol, a logo or a slogan, it is a strategic asset for companies and its value lies in the ability to gain exclusive and positive space in the minds of consumers. With Winkle we have managed to make a niche for ourselves in the 3D printing market as filament manufacturers by working in our brand that is why, our latest innovation has been to launch one of our corporate colors: PURPLE WINKLE, a color that represents the passion that we put into our work. Orange Nemo, Coral with particles and Pink Nacar…
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Warping y cracking, what are they and how to avoid them

Warping y cracking, what are they and how to avoid them

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Many times when we start with 3D printing we find different problems that can give us many headaches. The most common are warping and cracking, problems that arise with the ABS filament, especially with ASA, not with the rest of 3D filaments. But exactly what are they? and most importantly, how can we avoid them? At Winkle we want to solve your doubts and help you so that your 3D prints are what you imagined. Warping occurs when the pieces we print detach from the base and curl upward. But why does this happen? It is because the layers are cooling on top of others and, when contracting, they pull the material upwards. It is a problem that we can easily find when we 3D print by extrusion with thermoplastics,…
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The importance of helping

The importance of helping

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At Winkle we are aware of the need to help NGOs, that is why we create alliances to further promote their social causes and above all, to involve society within the different altruistic activities, such as donations. When we learned about the project carried out by Guillermo, CEO of Ayúdame3d, we could not resist and decided to contact them to collaborate with their cause. When we learned about the project carried.out by Guillermo, Ayúdame3d CEO, we could not resist and decided to contact him to collaborate with their cause. Guillermo told us how one day he discovered that, by making articulated prosthetic arms, printed in 3D, he could change the lives of many people; also how was his first trip to Kenya with the suitcase loaded with arms; and he…
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3D printing , What uses can it have?

3D printing , What uses can it have?

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Normally when we talk about 3d printing we do not think of an application to everyday life but rather as a hobby, but that is very far from reality since its uses are multiple and some are very relevant. At Winkle we know that 3d printing will be the future, but we want to tell you about the uses it already has today. In dentistry, 3D printing is used for the creation of surgical guides that serve to let the dentist know exactly where to place an implant, in addition to creating dental models for the creation of implants. Apart from their use in dentistry, they are also beginning to be used in medicine for the creation of other types of 3D prostheses or bone reconstructions. In addition, the creation…
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ANNEALED PLA 870 PROCESS

ANNEALED PLA 870 PROCESS

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It is true that the vast majority of makers love to print with PLA filament, because it is cheaper, due to the variety of colors and unlike other types of filaments we have fewer problems with warping and the best thing is, it is biodegradable. But depending on the project, if we need to produce pieces with more resistance, we opted for ABS filament that allows us a fast and stable printing without sacrificing the hardness and resistance of thematerial. Thanks to an exclusive formulation of NatureWorks we are manufacturing our PLA INGEO 870 filament with a diameter of 1.75mm or 2.85mm for 3D printers with FFF / FDM technology. What do we highlight of this new material? · Achieve impact resistance greater than ABS by 50%· If we carry…
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