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3d-printing with PHA filaments

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Cultivate a [safe!] bacteria that accumulates PHA, then recover the PHA granules, purify, and use for 3d-print filament!

Neil K. SheridanNeil K. Sheridan 03/31/2019 at 20:500 Comments

So there isn't a whole lot of point to the project, if we can't make filaments for 3d-printing from PHA!

Useful papers list:

Recent Advances in 3D Printing of Aliphatic Polyesters.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29295559

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1kg of Polyhydroxyalkaonate granules is ~£215 from sigma aldrich 

I've seen one PHA filament, called Z-PHA from zortrax. I guess the Z is because of their company name? (datasheet here https://cdn.zortrax.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Z-PHA_Technical_Data_Sheet_eng.pdf Tg=62.58C) I've seen some PLA/PHA blends. So that's kinda promising. 

Maybe a good starting point would be for me to go buy the granules, and try making filament from them using a filabot!

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