Mar 18, 2022

Teardown Session 20: Protopasta 3D printer filament factory

In this week’s episode of the Teardown Sessions, Crowd Supply’s Helen Leigh talks with Alex D. of Protopasta, a Portland-based 3D printer filament company. Follow along on a tour of Protopasta’s manufacturing facility to how filament is developed, manufactured, and processed. You’ll also encounter oddities such as scented filament, conductive filament, and filament with bits of pine tree in it.

Beyond filament, this episode also looks at how Protopasta went from a DIY crowdfunded campaign to a full-blown filament manufacturing and supply business. It’s good info for anyone considering launching a product via crowdfunding and open source.

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