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Soft PLA Filament, 2PrintBeta, €25.95

Though it may not look like much, the unassuming roll of red plastic pictured to upper right is a fairly exotic type of flexible, soft, rubbery plastic for 3D printing. It’s still PLA, but it’s been polymerized under different conditions which make it bendy, instead of rigid, so you can use it to print all kinds of cool flexible stuff like springs, living hinges, gaskets, belts, pads, and other bendy bits that might not work so well if printed in regular, rigid PLA. If you have an experienced MakerBot, RepRap, Ultimaker, MakerGear, or other consumer 3D-printer user on your gift list, this hard-to-find stuff is sure to be a big hit.

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.

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