This drill bit is used to drill through ice in the Antarctic for the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole. It's about 4lbs of copper. Hot water is run through the bit to melt the ice, rather than cutting like a normal drill bit. It has internal structure for managing water flow which makes it extremely difficult to machine or cast, but pretty easy to 3D print - at a quarter of the cost.

This drill bit is used to drill through ice in the Antarctic for the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole. It's about 4lbs of copper.

Hot water is run through the bit to melt the ice, rather than cutting like a normal drill bit. It has internal structure for managing water flow which makes it extremely difficult to machine or cast, but pretty easy to 3D print - at a quarter of the cost.

Industries Served

Filamet™ is currently in use in these industries:

Petroleum Fluid Management
Firearms Manufacturing
Education & Research
Radiation Shielding
Space Exploration
National Security
Nuclear Power
Fashion
Art

The applications are limitless. Filamet™ offers a low-cost solution for prototyping and short run manufacturing since no machining or tooling is required. Filamet™ works in any existing Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) printer that uses standard PLA plastic filaments.

I just wanted to write a quick email to tell you how much I am enjoying your product.

I found the copper based filament I got from you to be so easy to use and without issue from the very first print I tried. I was initially worried that it would be hard to get good results or difficult to print correctly. Nothing could be further from the truth, it prints easy and smoothly on my Prusa i3 mk2 without any funny setup issues or special problems I have experienced with other specialty filaments.

Thanks for a great product!
— Gordon Novak