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Proto-Pasta - Steel Composite PLA


General Info
Hot end temp 205
Bed temp 60
Filament type PLA
Date added Sep 30, 2019

Any printing defects visible on this swatch are solely on me and should not be interpreted as the material being difficult. All swatch gcodes are pre-generated per filament type and are not tuned to specific filaments. Picture is representative and may not match the hex value shown. The hex value shown is the measured color of the swatch.

As with all of Proto-Pasta's metal composites, this is designed to be post-processed with various items and processes that I don't have. What is represented here is the base color of the filament after printing, but before finishing. Take a look at Proto-Pasta's website to see what this filament should look like when finished appropriately.

Matching Colors


The Pantone Matching System is a standardized proprietary color system that is used to identify specific colors for industry use, like paint, printing, or dyes. DISCLAIMER: Suggested colors are our closest approximation. Please use your best judgement. Wikipedia


Fashion and Interior Designers 18-0503 TPX


Industrial Designers PQ-10395C


Graphic Designers P 179-12 U


RAL is a standardized proprietary color system used to identify specific colors for industry use, usually for varnish or powder coating metal. Many of the colors are based on reflectivity or translucency, so the options displayed will not have all the attributes they would have with a RAL color set. DISCLAIMER: Suggested colors are our closest approximation. Please use your best judgement. Wikipedia


RAL Classic RAL 7005


RAL Effect RAL 850-M


RAL Design System+ H000L45C00

Related Colors

Complementary Color

Complementary colors are pairs of colors which, when combined or mixed, cancel each other out (lose hue) by producing a grayscale color like white or black. When placed next to each other, they create the strongest contrast for those two colors. Complementary colors may also be called "opposite colors." Wikipedia

Analogous Color

Analogous colors are groups of three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, sharing a common color, with one being the dominant color, which tends to be a primary or secondary color, and a tertiary. Wikipedia

Triadic Color

The triadic color scheme uses three colors equally spaced around the color wheel. Triadic color schemes tend to be quite vibrant, even when using pale or unsaturated versions of hues, offers a higher degree of contrast while at the same time retains the color harmony. Wikipedia

Split-Complementary Color

Split Complementary color is a mix between Complementary color and Analagous color. It forms a modified triangle where one color is dominant and the other two make great accents.

Tetradic (Rectangular) Color

The tetradic (double complementary) colors scheme is the richest of all the schemes because it uses four colors arranged into two complementary color pairs. This scheme is hard to harmonize and requires a color to be dominant or subdue the colors; if all four colors are used in equal amounts, the scheme may look unbalanced.

The rectangle color scheme uses four colors arranged into two complementary pairs and offers plenty of possibilities for variation. Rectangle color schemes work best when one color is dominant. Wikipedia

Tetradic (Square) Color

The square color scheme is similar to the rectangle, but with all four colors spaced evenly around the color circle. Square color schemes work best when all colors are evenly balanced. Wikipedia

Similar Colors

Sometimes the specific color or filament that the site suggests just isn't available... or maybe you'd just like to try something similar! Here's Proto-Pasta's Steel Composite and the two closest swatches in the library!