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What is an effective option to protect filament against moisture?

I'm trying to combat filament moisture during 3D printing and have two options: Using an airtight storage box with no holes for filament storage when not printing. Placing the filament spool inside ...
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Proper use of filament dryer

As I understand it, putting filament in a box and heating it increases the air's ability to hold water, and this draws water out of the filament. But when the air cools, it will not be able to hold as ...
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Seens to be a lack of filament at layer starts

I'm kinda new to the 3D printing world, I got myself a Ender 3 V3 SE in the past month, been having pretty satisfactory results. But recently I'm observing that right after the layer start position, (...
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What filaments are resistant to acetone?

I want to print some elements for my acetone vapor smoothing chamber. I have tried to use Prusament PETG in the Prusa Orange color. It failed miserably. What filament should I get to make sure it will ...
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Extruder digging into filament Ender 3 V2 Neo

I am a newbie in 3D printing. I bought a used Ender 3 V2 Neo from a shop (demo unit/display model) few days ago and I have been trying it in few hours sessions. A problem I came across twice now in ...
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Is an e3D hotend with 3 mm filament diameter still compatible with 1.75 mm filament?

I am looking to buy a low priced 3 mm e3D all-metal v6 hot end. It says 3 mm, however I am wondering if I could make it compatible 1.75 mm if I just get a different Bowden tube and Bowden clip. Is an ...
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Transparent material

I am searching for some material, that can be turned (even with post-processing) into a "glass" like texture. Additionally, it should withstand some pressure (0.5 MPa in approximately 30 mm ...
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Why does filament feed system not run when changing filament?

When changing filament during a print job I get a message to feed new filament, then press Okay. After pressing Okay, I get the message "Please insert the filament" - but nothing happens. I ...
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Deformed 45 deg angle on outer wall

I have tried a couple different fixes but none worked, when watching the printer it looks like the head accelerates suddenly when printing that wall. However, when looking at the gcode the ...
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What currently available solutions can be used to determine how much filament weight is left on the spool without knowing empty spool weight?

Having used multiple brands of filament and different spool sizes what always annoyed me is that almost no single filament producer that I know, states clearly and accurately the weight of the empty ...
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Is there a metric that defines the abrasiveness of filament?

All filament is abrasive to some extent. Speciality filaments such as carbon fibre filament even more so. How is abbrasivness defined for filament and is there a metric that defines the abrasiveness ...
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TPE print fail - filament fails to extrude after normal start

It is my first time printing flexible filaments. I have been trying to print a flexible case for my mini-PC using the TPE 83A by eSun on my KP3S pro. Whenever I try to print it starts well, then after ...
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Does rPLA stand for Recycled PLA, or is it a different type of material?

I see mixed terms such as 'rPLA, Recycled PLA, Recycled rPLA' used by different filament producers without a clear explanation or a standard definition. Does it all mean Recycled PLA, or is rPLA a ...
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How is it possible for (PHA) prints to warp on an unheated bed?

I'm experimenting with a new type of filament, 100 % polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA). However, per the manufacturer's instructions I'm using a PLA profile in Cura and with the only change being a 200 °C ...
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Can you identify filament type by filament burn test (and additional observations)?

I read some pages about 3D filament burn test. I have a white filament and made the burn test and not only it caught fire immediately and crackled (noise), but also I burned just 1 cm of it and it ...
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What conditions need to be met precisely to achieve PLA biodegradation?

In addition to the question: Can I really throw failed PLA prints on compost? and anything else I've read about PLA biodegradability, what exact conditions are needed to achieve this? I mean, oxygen ...
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Filament settings determination

I am currently working on a project that uses multiple 3D models which is to be printed, with a variety of 3D printers. May I know how should I measure the Filament density of a particular filament. ...
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Can a print test be performed to determine nozzle and filament quality?

Given that, a printer is well-maintained and calibrated. I'm searching for a particular nozzle accuracy and filament quality test: First, is there a specific print test that can be performed to test ...
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What is a good filament for a frame for holding high amp copper busbar?

I need a frame to hold a copper busbar in place. The busbar is rated up to 200 amps and can be wrapped in an insulator, so the frame will sit around the insulator of the busbar, but I don't know how ...
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Any good way to recycle filament? [duplicate]

With a good amount of failed prints, I now have a bunch of filament that is... trash. Is there a good way to recycle it, or any services that you send them your lost filament to then melt it back into ...
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Can I use 3 kg filament spools in an Ender 6 3D printer?

In order to save some money on a project, I'm considering using 3 kg spools on my Ender 6. However, I never attempted this before, and could not find a firm stance on the web. I know that it is ...
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Ender 3 filament retracts on its own

While printing flat surfaces the filament would begin to retract by itself, even if the printer is actively extruding it. I've been remedying it by occasionally pushing the filament by hand, has ...
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Draw from the top or draw from the bottom?

From day one I've always had my spool so that filament comes off "the top", but recently I wondered if it mattered, or there were any advantages/disadvantages to which side of the spool the ...
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Is there a simple device that lets filament through in one direction only?

When the extruder on my 3D printer goes back and forward, it may pull some filament, unrolling the spool, and then return to a position that causes the filament to drop from the spool, which later ...
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How do I remove congealed, hardened filament from around the hot end from a Cubicon Single Plus [duplicate]

I have a Cubicon Single Plus printer, and the filament has balled up all around the nozzle and hot end. I was wondering if there is any easier way than butting it off carefully with a pair of side ...
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Creating 3D printed individual LED diffuse covers

What kind of 3D printer (filament vs resin) and what kind of filament is recommended for individual LED diffusing? The issue is that I am using a WS2812B-2020 LEDs (2mm x 2mm) so the size of my prints ...
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Ender 3 v2 Neo filament retracting

When printing temp is at 200 °C and the print bed at 50 °C. When the print gets about a height of 4.0 or so, the print head will move to the far left corner on the rear. The filament will retract ...
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Drying filament with heated bed on Prusa - how to "bypass" safety timer?

On my Prusa MK3, I'm trying to make a G-code that only heats up the print bed and moves the Z-axis up and down a little bit every 20 mins to prevent the safety timer going off. This is what I have ...
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Black eSUN PLA+ has moisture damage straight out of the box. Is this normal?

I just recieved a roll of eSUN black PLA+ and I have found out it has moisture damage after using it for 2 days. I was previously using a roll of eSUN orange PLA+ and it worked really well. So I ran a ...
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Filament Problem: Benchy example

What could be going wrong here? I have never seen this sort of printing problem before or I am just not recognizing it. It most definately is coming from the filament because I have tried switching ...
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Failed filament dryer deformed my filament. Is it salvageable?

I bought a very famed filament dryer (won't mention the brand) which turned bad on me as I got a failed one; it got exceedingly hot (uneven 60-68 °C) and deformed an almost full PLA spool. Aside from ...
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Same parameters lead to very different results

This summer I bought a white PLA+ filament from Sunlu. After some trials, I found these settings in Ultimaker Cura for my Dremel 3D45: The layer thickness is 0.2 mm. The objects were printed almost ...
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Mixing conductive and non-conductive filaments

I'm interested in 3d printing rotors for cipher machines, like the Enigma machine rotor. These are cylindrical objects with a complicated internal wiring scheme that's very labor intensive to ...
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Issues with my 3D prints

I've noticed there have been some strange patterns occurring in my prints lately, sort of like warping. I've attached a picture of a Benchy below and an image of a project I'm working on. But as you'...
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3D printing filament that can absorb photosensitive liquid

I'm a student artist trying to use 3D printing in my practice a bit. I'm working with liquid light, which is essentially a photosensitive liquid that you can apply to surfaces and later develop in the ...
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Is a thermoplastic's glass state relevant for 3D printing extrusion?

From my understanding of FFF 3D printing, the glass state is usually used to heat the bed for better first layer adhesion. Other than that, does the extruder keep ex:PLA in a glass state for any ...
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How I can turn PET plastic into PETG?

With a friend, we managed to successfully make ABS filament and print with it (even though we sold a couple of spools) now we want to turn our attention to PET. The problem is that it's really hard to ...
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Ender 3 Won't Print Small/Thinner Items

Pretty new to 3d Printing. Ultimaker Cura as my Slicer. I have the Ender3 3d Printer. I have a model from Hero Forge I'm trying to print. I added some caltrops on the base but when I go to print the ...
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How do I choose a nozzle for PA12+CF for Kobra Max?

I am sorry if I sound too newbie, but to me, it seems like an unsolvable riddle: I have not yet used any other nozzle than the one that comes with my printer. I would now like to print Fiberlogy Nylon ...
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A vertical scar on the print surface, what is the name of this problem?

Printer: Kobra Max Nozzle: 0.4 mm Material: PLA Slicer :Cura I have printed 1 model 3 times with different settings (different temperatures and different bed temperatures). Try 1: 190 °C / 50 °C Try ...
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What is this situation called and how do I avoid it?

I am trying to print ColorFabb XT-Filament PETG on my Kobra Max, and I get the following results: These are my Cura settings:
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Flashforge Adventurer 3, filament problem

I have just bought my son a used Flashforge Adventurer 3 and the man who sold it to me said he had a bit of trouble with the filament starting to come out before it touches the print bed but if you ...
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Are IDEX printers able to make gradients?

I know that a single mixing nozzle with dual filament input can blend them in order to make gradients. I also know that IDEX means you have two independent nozzles and you can make objects with ...
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How to find enclosed 3D printer that can host 1 kg filament bobbins?

I'm struggling to find out an enclosed 3D printer that allow to load the common 1 kg filament bobbins. Most of the enclosed ones accept only proprietary bobbins (like Dremel or Flashforge). Do these ...
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Is real PETG softened/degraded by acetone?

I can't seem to find any reliable answer to this question. My understanding was always that PETG should be solvent-resistant, including to acetone, but parts printed from the various "PETG" ...
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Which filament is best for printing parts that will endue a constant load for a long period of time?

I thought the answer was ABS, but I read about how some people used it to print parts that were used in plumbing, and they failed when put under constant load, and some said that PETG is better for ...
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My printer unloads the filament, after I finished the print

I have an Artillery Hornet printer that I am very satisfied with. I make my models in Blender, export them as STL files, and import them into Cura slicer. Everything works great with no problems, ...
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Are there any major safety risks of PLA plastic?

Are there any safety risks inherent to PLA plastics used for 3D printing? The material safety data sheet of some PLA plastics indicates low risks at a toxicological level, but I'd like to make sure ...
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Root cause fix for TPU overhang failures

Lately I've been having a lot of trouble with printing overhangs in TPU. The failures are very geometry/toolpath dependent, entirely reproducible in their location (same gcode gives same failures each ...
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Filament choice: durable, flexible, long space frame

I need to build a space frame (see Structural Mechanics) which however long it will be (e.g. 2 m), durable, flexible, supporting itself and small weight over. Let's imagine it as a fixed umbrella with ...
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