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Is there any way to salvage PLA filament with inconsistent diameter?

I have a spool of PLA filament where the diameter is visibly inconsistent. So it will only print a meter or two and then start slipping instead of being fed into the nozzle. Is this still useful for ...
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Anycubic Vyper Filament Stripping

A while ago I got the Anycubic Vyper, and it worked fine. It worked until about 2 months ago when the filament started stripping, and the printer stops extruding. I have tried adjusting the pressure ...
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Anycubic Vyper filament loading problems

I recently acquired the Anycubic Vyper, and it's been working fine, until a few days ago. The filament extruder stopped working properly, as in it would extrude an amount of filament, before making a ...
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Are "matte PLA" filaments abrasive?

I picked up a roll of Overture matte black PLA, and the surface of both the filament and the printed object feel like paper. This made me wonder if it contains wood-based fibers like "wood PLA&...
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Ender 3 Printer Extruding Before Ready

For some reason I'm having a problem with my new Ender 3 printer. When I start it up to print something it starts the extruding process early which makes a mess around the extruder. Then when it's ...
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Plastic bottles to filament

Is there a machine (for hobbyists) that will make filament based on the type of plastic I put in. I will sort the plastic before I will put it in the machine. I have seen the filabot but this uses ...
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Copper-infused PLA for spur gears

I am currently printing PLA infused with 80% copper powder. So far I mainly used it because it looks and feels really nice and post-processing is almost limitless, however recently I have thought that ...
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Why does part of the model come away from supports during print?

I have been trying to print the same dinosaur model for several days and all my attempts have failed in the same place. On every attempt, the tail falls off the supports. Sometimes there is a little ...
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What caused the blackening of this filament?

About 5 hours into a print last night, the filament stopped extruding leaving the model unfinished. On investigation, I saw that the filament had stopped feeding. I can see marks on the filament left ...
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Is PETG sensetive to moisture?

Various filaments are sensitive to moisture to one degree or another. So far I've only printed with PLA. I can definitely tell the difference between fresh (just out of the package) PLA but I don't do ...
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Best practice: For ensuring a good print with dual extruder machine

I own a Qidi X-Pro that uses a dual extruder. I just spent the last 45 minutes trying to print, over and over, a simple model I had printed before. I'm using ABS with a glue stick. The ABS is fed ...
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What filament would be best for Creality's Ender 3 v2?

What would the best filament for an Ender 3 V2 be? I don't mind about the look but I would like for you to be able to bridge with it and for it to be reasonably cheap. If possible could you give ...
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Printing metal infused PLA does not work well

I have a 3D printer and I want to 3D print with metal infused PLA filament. It seems that this filament does not print that well (it won't melt to the right consistency). I referred to my manual and ...
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Do print issues (extrusion, blockage, etc...) become less of a problem with more expensive printers?

I own an Ender 3, it's about 3 years old and the issues I have with extrusion, leaking and filament blockage are monstrous. Examples of problems like this are filament flow issues, filament blockage, ...
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Looking for 3D filament thats compatiable with HHO-oxyhydrogen and NaOH sodium hydroxide -lye

I'm testing a HHO generator (oxyhydrogen - browns gas generator) and I use 1% NaOH solution (sodium hydroxide -lye). I made some M8 threaded adapters for it using PETG (Polyethylene terephthalate ...
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Does abrasive filament require a special hotend?

I know that you need a special nozzle to extrude abrasive filament (carbon fibre, copper, ...). I do have such a nozzle (coated steel) and am printing carbon fibre and copper filament. Last time I ...
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Ender 3 extrusion not working properly

I got a new hotend for my Ender 3. When I start to 3D print a model, everything seems to be going well. After about 20 minutes or so the extrusion stops and the extruder motor can't push the filament ...
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Why do segments of my print "pop" off the bed after a few layers? [duplicate]

I just received delivery of some new filament and after a few layers of printing some segments will start to "pop" off the bed. I've calibrated esteps and levelled bed. It only seems to ...
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3D printer clog. Nozzle keeps getting screwed in crooked

My 3D printer has got a clog, and i think it is because the nozzle hole has just recently started to only screw in crooked. I’m not sure how this happened. I have tried with multiple nozzles, but ...
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PLA for Dactyl Manuform print | Which material for printing the shell

I bought PLA Wood for my planned Dactyl Manuform. But now the question is whether this will melt or deform in the sun. I live in Germany, where we reach some days at times 32 °C. However, the keyboard ...
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Lowest temperature PLA pulley print will withstand

I am looking to print an HTD Timing Belt pulley to be used in a laboratory setting that can get very cold for extended periods of time. By "very cold" I mean adjacent metal chambers get ...
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Has anyone had success printing PMMA filament using Lulzbot products?

The title of this post more or less says it all. I am having a heck of a time getting PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate) to print on my Lulzbot Mini 2 (which uses all of the standard/default attachments). ...
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What ambient humidity should one target for filament storage?

I live in an arid environment and have never worried about leaving filament out for an extended period of time. To reduce how frequently we receive static shocks I installed a whole house humidifier ...
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Estimating filament consumption in length per time

I printed a lot of models in last month. I spent 2 kg filament in total. I want to know how many hours have been passed while printing. As far as I read, 1 kg PLA (1.75 mm) is about 110 meters long. ...
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Is 'natural' colored filament equally brittle compared to white filament?

I've read that white filament is a lot more brittle, because the pigment percentage is close to 50 %, e.g. black filament it's only around 8 %. I was therefore wondering if 'natural' colored filament, ...
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Help With PLA settings

I’m just getting my feet wet with 3D printing, and I’ve had a few prints do this. Curious if anyone has any ideas for me that might help clean this up? (I don’t really have anyone in my personal ...
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What is "silk PLA"?

I picked up some no-name "silk" PLA in a multi color pack as part of a project where I needed some additional distinct colors and structural properties didn't matter, but now I'm playing ...
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Excessive filament powder/shavings near the extruder

I'm printing a Tower of Pi on my Ender 3, and I woke up to find this near the extruder: All my attempts to google this led to checking for either a clogged nozzle or the extruder itself stripping the ...
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My Hatchbox PLA filament only allows me to use rafts

When I first got my 3D printer (a FlashForge Adventurer 3), it came with a sample pack of filament. With this filament, I was able to use skirts for my first layer. When the sample filament ran out, I ...
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Adequate default filament diameter for Anycubic Mega X

Does anybody if the Anycube Mega X comes with a nozzle for 1.75 mm filaments or is it 2.85 mm? I saw online that it works with 1.75 mm filaments but the Cura settings given by the manufacturer had 2....
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Best filament to use in high humidity environment? [closed]

I'm working on a project to design some custom 3D printed parts for an indoor urban farm where the environment has a very high humidity of above 80%. What would be the best filament to use that will ...
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Manual Color Changing

Ive been experimenting will multiple color filament but the colors a more or less blended. Is there are filament that goes from one color directly to another without having transition color ex. red to ...
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Unable to load new filament FlashForge Adventurer 3

I have a FlashForge Adventurer 3. I have just finished my sample filament today and tried to replace it with a new spool of filament. This new filament is by Hatchbox, instead of FlashForge. Besides ...
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What to do if filament spool won't fit in 3D printer

My sample filament has just ran out. Luckilly, I've already bought more filament. The only problem I have is that the spool for the new filament won't fit inside my 3D printer. The filament itself ...
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How do filament properties change after printing? (In relation to water absorbtion)

I have PLA and PETG filament. I hear that 3D filament absorbs water and causes problems when printing but after printing they can be used with water and they are water proof. So my question is why is ...
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Where is filament thickness setting in Cura?

I don't see filament thickness in Cura. How can it work without it?
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How to get Sunlu PLA to adhere to the printing bed?

I have a Creality Ender 3 that printed a spool of Sunlu PLA with no issues, so I bought a second to replace it, just in a different color. The problem is I can’t get it to stick. The bed is level, I’...
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Purge okay but not extruding during printing

I am new to 3D printing and have a newish Eryone Thinker SE. Its been printing fine with some Eryone Glitter Black (EGB) and I'm happy with the results. The spool has now finished and I'm trying to ...
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What tips are there for using 1.75 filament with a machine designed for 2.85 mm?

I have a Lulzbot Taz 6, which takes 2.85 mm filament. A few months ago I ran into a filament (Spidermaker Matte PLA) which produced some really nice prints. After experimenting with the white, I ...
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Filament sticks to nozzle

Normally, I'm all fine with my printer and filament. But today I changed the filament for another brand and no matter what, it sticks to the nozzle so nothing comes to the bed and soon my nozzle is ...
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CR-10 Extruder Clicking / Filament jammed in Extruder?

I have a CR-10 S5. I was very happy with the way it was printing but all of a sudden it cant get past 1 hour of printing without the filament breaking in the extruder. I have caught it in the act, it ...
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Filament residue sticks to bed and wont come off

There is filament residue on my glass bed that is so thin that it wont come off. I have had residue buildup for over a year now and none of it has come off. This residue appears with both the PETG and ...
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What is SBS plastic

I want to print a part from Thingiverse. In the description, the creater writes that he used SBS to print it. I did some research because I never heard of SBS. I found a description on Filaments....
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How to identify what type of filament an unlabeled spool is

So I have some old filament that I originally got for a 3D pen. The problem is it's unlabeled and I haven't been able to find anything that might help me distinguish whether it's PLA or ABS. The bag ...
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Passing from nozzle diameter 0.4 mm to 0.2 mm causing filament jamming in heater

Im using Prusa Slicer 2.1 for my FlyingBear Ghost 4. I just changed my 0.4 mm nozzle for a 0.2 mm but it seems to jam in the heater probably due to too much filament trying to get out by the nozzle. ...
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Clicking noise from the extruder and no filament coming out

When trying to print (using 215 °C for the hotend and 65 °C for the bed) there seems to be a clicking and filament stops extruding. After much work I have cleaned the nozzle and made sure there are no ...
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What is the strongest filament type? [closed]

I'm looking for a filament that is strong, doesn't crack and doesn't break easily and is impact resistant. I'm currently using PLA and it's strong, but, I'm looking for something that doesn't snap or ...
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How to find pure PLA filament?

Prompted by discussion in comments of a recent question whether PLA is suitable for parts that need to be in contact with acetone, I did some casual experiments and found that my clear/"natural&...
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Material "clumping" when printing

I recently started swapping out my nozzle for different sizes. After a few times using a 0.4 mm, then 0.8 mm, then back to 0.4 mm, I now have this "clumping" going on when printing. The ...
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Creality CR-10 problems with extrusion while printing

I have an extrusion problem with my creality CR 10 3D printer while printing. I am using a standard 0.4 mm nozzle with a 1.75 mm diameter PLA and I use Cura as my slicer. This printer ...
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