Questions tagged [filament]

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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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Best filament to use for detailed modeling? [closed]

Been printing for a while using Ender 3 Pro with modifications for my ETSY store. Very interested in engaging the community to find the best filament. I've had issues with Chinese made filaments like ...
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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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Settings for low quality filament

Are there settings to lessen the chance of failure with low quality filament? I assume not retracting (for smaller chance to tangle) a hotter temperature, slowing it down and a bigger layerheight ...
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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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Can't find a usable temperature for PLA

I have a Monoprice MP10 Mini, a cut-down Creality CR-10 with lobotomized firmware. Heated bed. I'm trying to do PLA prints, but have been unable to find a usable temperature. If I set the ...
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Filament that is resistant to ozone

Does a filament exist that can resist ozone (like certain silicone tubing's can). Most glass bottles come with tin or plastic screw hard tops and I would like to replace the screw caps with something ...
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How to check if filament sensor is ok?

The filament sensor of my i3 MK3 stopped working. In the support menu, it just says IR: N/A. This is the same output as if I disconnect the filament sensor. My PCB ...
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Less filament from the half to the end

since some prints my printer (Geeetech i3) prints less and less filament over time: Notice, that the beginning is printed well: My settings for this print (Slic3r): ...
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How much plastic pellets does it take to make 1 kg of filament? (making my own 3D filaments)

Maybe this is a stupid question, but is 1 kg of plastic pellets equivalent to 1 kg of filament? I want to extrude my own filament using recycled plastic pellets. I want to know the cost of ...
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Very low strength of HIPS prints - Why?

I'm using a Prusa i3 MK3S printer. After ~8 months of printing PLA, PET-G, ABS I decided to buy some HIPS and print something with it. I cannot print >1 filaments at once, so I'm not using it as a ...
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Brand new Ender 3 does not extrude any filament during printing

I bought an Ender 3 two days ago and assembled it today. I think I did it properly, tested the movement of all axes which works for all axes. Then I performed the calibration as described in the ...
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What's so special about cleaning filament?

What is different about cleaning filament to make it effective? What is it made out of? How does it work?
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Filament Variation Detection

I'm trying to find out how "normal" filament (not super expensive filament) varies in diameter (or more accurately cross sectional area) over the length of the filament. I've looked around and the ...
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Printer extrudes too little filament at beginning and end of extrusion

I've bought a new type of filament (GreenTEC Pro Natural) for my Anycubic Mega i3 to print some food-safe cookie cutters. Now I have changed the print settings to an extruder temperature of 210 &...
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ABS prints consistently splitting in the same place

I am printing ABS in an enclosure and most of the prints have worked out well with minor tweaking. However, the top layer always seems to split or skip a step (not sure which). The cube is sliced in ...
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XYZPrinting Premium Metallic PLA Conductivity

I have a XYZPrinting Da Vinci Mini W+ that I got for last Christmas. I am looking at the filaments available for it, since the included PLA is running 'low' (according to it) at 21 metres remaining. ...
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What do I need to know to successfully use Taulman/Dow EVOLV3D™ USM Universal Support Material?

Taulman3D advertises a soluble support material (EVOLV3D™ USM Universal Support Material) that handles temperatures appropriate for nylon and is completely safe to flush down the drain. There's very ...
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What is the thermal conductivity of various 3D printing filaments?

Thermal conductivity is how well a plastic conducts heat. Most plastics don't conduct heat very well at all, which is what allows them to be 3D printed. That being said, there are a lot of potential ...
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What's the best way to pull out fillament from an all metal print head

Since retractions above 4 mm can cause jams due to plastic sticking to the cold half of the metal print head, what's the best way to avoid jams when swapping filaments? Cool down and yank out, ...
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What is the 3D printer filament (or pellet) most resistant to bending at high heats?

I'm looking to 3D print a structure that won't deform in high heat, up to about 220 °C. The filament itself can be 3D printed all the way up to about 380 °C. PEI seems like it ...
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Creality CR-10 extruder clicking and/or nozzle clogging

So I am fairly competent with 3D printing, but this problem has got me stumped. I use a Creality CR-10 and I hadn't printed anything off for quite a while (maybe 5 or 6 months?) and I just recently ...
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How do PLA, PETG, TPU, ABS and/or nylon work together in a single print?

I have a dual-extruder printer with a separate heating element for each head, thus able to combine materials in a single print job even if they don't share a single temperature range. Now the ...
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What filaments allow air to pass but not water vapor?

In some situations it useful to have a material in which air passes but water, and water vapor, does not. Printing cell membranes or cases for something that must be immune to humidity changes (like ...
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What are the effects of the elements on 3D printed objects made with “infused” PLA

I came across a new Steel infused PLA from Colorfabb. On the store page someone had asked, what happens if it was exposed to water, would it rust. I am actually, not sure what would happen. I am ...
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Using a Full Spool of Filament, Read as “Empty”

I have a cheaper consumer-grade printer that I've owned for a couple of years now. It is an XYZ da Vinci Mini W and it seems to recuperate its incurred losses from selling a cheaper printer by jacking ...
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Inland PLA+ stringing badly at manufacturer-recommended temperature ranges

I've seen conflicting advice on the correct printing temperature for Microcenter's house-brand Inland PLA+, particularly after a supplier change announced in April 2018. There's an official post from ...
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Vacuum storage bags?

Does anyone use "space saver" style vacuum storage bags to keep fillament dry? I picked up some Ziploc space bags, but they are larger than ideal. Would probably fit 2.5 spools. I would love a smaller ...
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What actual dyes are used in filaments?

I've seen several questions about dyes in regards to food-safety, with no conclusive answers, as well as anecdotes on the RepRap wiki about how the mechanical properties of dyed PLA tend to vary by ...
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Which 3D filament is 100% (or close to being so) food safe and non toxic? [duplicate]

I've recently bought myself a preassembled Prusa i3 MK3S printed and made my first projects. One of them was making a cup with my name on it. I want to use it to drink tea, water etc. I know, however, ...
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No extrusion, but manual extrusion works

I just bought and build my first 3d printer (HE3D K280 with Marlin) and I'm encountering some problems with Cura 4 and Repetier. When I load and slice a part, the printer does not extrude anything ...
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Entwined fiber-filled filament stops extruding after a few layers

I recently took my first shot at printing with specialty filament -- Entwined by 3-D Fuel -- on a Lulzbot TAZ having an 0.5mm nozzle. (Note that this is the original Entwined, not the mid-2018 "v2" ...
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Stuck filament in the extruder of Infitary M508

Model: Infitary M508 Details: The filament is stuck in the extruder preheated for PLA (the filament is PLA 1.75 white). The extruder's motor works and the filament is in the hole of the extruder (not ...

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