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Questions tagged [filament]

For questions related to different filaments used as the print material.

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Messy top layer with PETG filament?

I'm having issues getting PETG to print nicely. I have encountered pretty much every issue because when I fix one thing another issue pops up. I see people saying that you should "just copy your PLA ...
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Filament gets coiled inside the extruder

A while ago bought a Bowden extruder to replace the old built-in one (It was malfunctioning or something that I cannot remember well). This one in particular has been acquired: The thing is, that ...
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Can the filament tube be outside of the nozzle?

I bought a few new nozzles expecting them to come with that little tube that comes out of the nozzle. They didn't come with them after all, so I tried to reuse the tube I originally had in the printer....
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Filament long term storage

I was noticing on a print I had just done that the quality was not up to typical snuff. I had just started using a roll of PLA filament that I had been keeping on a shelf without a wrapper for a ...
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Anet A8 won't print properly

I recently bought the Anet A8 from Gearbest. Everything so far seems in order, but one big problem. No matter which filament I used (PLA and ABS), the result is always like this: In the picture ...
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Does GEL-LAY needs to stay moist?

POROLAY GEL-LAY is a kind of jelly-like material made by exotic filament producer Kay Parthy / CC Products. It is a mix of TPE and PVA that is supposed to have a jelly-like feeling. Once printed, you ...
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Density of GEL-LAY and LAYWOO 3D print material?

I'm looking for the specific density of the GEL-LAY and LAYWOO 3D materials by manufacturer CC Products. It isn't noted on their website or on the spool or the box the spools came in. I've looked for ...
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Calibrating E steps for new filament

Is it a good idea or do I need to calibrate my E steps after I switch to a new filament due to the different types I use (to make my prints accurate)? E.g. calibrate when switching from PLA to ABS/...
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How does one use a heat tower?

I've been asking around on how to choose the right temperature for a given filament. I noticed that with two different brands of pla I have to print at different temperatures, and the manufacturer ...
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20x20x20 calibration cube size change after switching filament

I used to print with PLA and everything in my printer was calibrated. But I got a new type of filament called Poly Hybrid from a friend of mine. When I print a 20 mm cube, the x and y axes are fine ...
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Which filaments actually do need to be stored in a drybox?

As I started to learn about 3D printing, the gist I learned was "it's better to store the filaments in a drybox." As I rechecked these notes, they were to a good degree from an era when PLA was rather ...
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Filament storage? [duplicate]

What's the best way (outside of silica beads) to store filament sensitive to moisture? I feel like filament buried under a couple pounds of rice will stay pretty dry. I understand that frequently ...
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Filament isn't going into the Bowden tube, instead it goes “into the room”

The pictures explain my problem. I have already tried to reduce the retraction but that showed no effect. Thank you for your help. The effect is a total stop of the print (no material is extruded). ...
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Constant under extrusion and filament grinding

I sadly have a big problem since a couple of weeks and I cant fix it myself. For over 20 prints, I had the same problems: At the start, everything goes well but at some point of time, my Creality CR-...
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Creality CR-10 Clogs and Underextrusion - Filament at fault?

I've been printing successfully on my CR-10 for the past year now. I've had issues now and then but have been able to look around the internet and solve them. I've been using some Flashforge white PLA ...
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What is a masterspool?

Recently, I have heard people talking about masterspool, when talking about 3D printing filament. What exactly is master spool? Where did the idea come from and when? Is it being widely adopted? Or ...
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But … skateboard bearings have OIL in them, and oil is … bad?

I see plans for various spool holders, either for PLA in the open, or for whatever filament in a dry box, that use 608 bearings. Elsewhere, I see warnings not to oil your filament to make it go ...
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Is there a table or list of tare weights of empty spools of various manufacturers?

It would be helpful to me if I knew in advance how much the empty filament spool weighs. Not having emptied any spool yet, I can't contribute data points, but has anyone compiled a list of empty ...
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Is the 110 m length accurate for 3.0 mm 1 kg spool?

I've been seeing the 330 m and 110 m length estimates for 1.75 and 3.0 mm spools (of PLA, presumably). But a moment's thought staring at that will raise an obvious question. Using πr², we get the ...
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Why is PEEK filament so expensive?

High performance polymers are becoming available for specific applications. One of such materials is PEEK (PolyEther Ether Ketone), a thermoplastic polymer in the polyaryletherketone (PAEK) family. ...
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Baking old PLA spool

Context A while ago I bought a kit for a 3D printer, along with filament etc. however, after some weeks I ran into some mechanical problems and because I had a lot of other things to do at the time I ...
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3D printing filament resistant to steam

I need to replace the lid of my water kettle and am searching for a filament, that is suitable for this purpose. The requirements are: Stable at 100°C (212°F) Resistant to steam/moisture Food-safe ...
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Which outdoor filaments for unheated beds?

I am searching for 3D printing filaments, that are suitable for outdoor purposes, but printable on unheated beds. I will mostly use it for sensor node enclosures (should withstand temperature up to ...
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Printing with colorfabb XT fails after several successful layers

I'm printing parts for a HEVO (HyperCube Evolution CoreXY), using Colorfabb XT filament. After several successful prints. I'm having a lot of failed prints. They start off pretty well but after ~15 ...
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POM filament not sticking to the build plate?

In the creation of the process of printing my own bearings to reduce noise, minimize play/tolerances and size the bearings to the actual size of the application, I obtained a spool of Polyoxymethylene ...
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What nozzle size should I use for filament containing glitter?

I recently had a series of issues with my prusa MK3 that kicked off when I tried to print with Proto-pasta's glitter filament using a 0.4 mm nozzle. The glitter clogged up and cleaning it out was ...
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Issues with Proto-pasta filament extruding on prusa mk3

Has anyone run into problems printing with Proto-pasta's HTPLA on a Prusa MK3 (or any printer really)? I picked up some samples from PP, specifically their glitter filament and a couple of the ...
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What is the best way to dry filament?

I have some nylon that appears to have soaked up some moisture, the prints have the texture of rice bubbles. So I'm wondering what people suggest for drying. My priorities are: cheap low energy use ...
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How long can you leave filament in the extruder

Just one quick question about the filament. Can I leave the filament in the extruder for a prolonged period of time while the printer is off?
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Extrusion stops during print

I changed the filament (PLA) in my Wanhao Duplicator I3+. I ended the first try to print when I saw that the 'lines' were too thin. I re-sliced with a higher temperature (195°C instead of 190°C). Now ...
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3D printer filament will not load after running the printer out of filament

We wanted to test the post process properties of PVA but did not want to print anything. We unloaded the ABS that was in the printer and then started loading some PVA. After the PVA was loaded we ...
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Finding a shredder for my failed prints

I would love to re-use my failed prints by re-extruding the plastic to be used int he 3d printer once again. One thing that stand in my way is finding a effective way to shred the plastic into smaller ...
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Why is my filament pressed together at the nozzle

When I wanted to take out the filament from the extruder, it didn't wanna come out, it was stuck (even when I heated up the nozzle). So I unscrewed the nozzle and it looks like the filament is all ...
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Filament being pushed back out the filament hole

I just got a Monoprice Maker Select v2 off eBay for $200 and I'm very happy with it (so far). I'm learning a lot, but I've run into this problem that I cannot solve: When I put filament into the ...
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Are any 3D printed materials biocompatible (safe for implantation in the human body)?

This question is similar: Are there biocompatible materials available to the general public? But appears to be for non-implantation use. This question is for materials intended to be implanted. Are ...
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3D850 stuck in the nozzle

I am trying to use a 3D850 PLA filament which is supposed to work without any issues with any PLA printer. As a printer, I use Dagoma NEVA which is supposed to work with any PLA filament. I can print ...
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Printing with HDPE plastic

Just out of curiosity is it possible to print with HDPE? Would it be easy or hard? I know they don't make HDPE filament* but I know people with a filament extruder could make some HDPE because it ...
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Mending filament?

While I don't think this is easily possible I am wondering if it can be done. So my spool of filament had a tangle and got pulled into the printer head. Some got melted together and after cutting I ...
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Nintendo Cartridge Print?

I am trying to make a device with an old NES cartridge. If I were to take an already existing cartridge, I would need to make some precision cuts into the plastic and not sure where to get advice on ...
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What is “HDPLA”, and why is it so hard to find out more about it?

Googling 'HDPLA' has so far availed me very little. http://3dinsider.com/what-is-pla/ indicates that /all/ modern PLA is 'high density' compared to 'the early days'. But a fellow at the local ...
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Anet A8 filament not coming out

Our Anet A8 seems to be working but the filament won't come out of the extruder. We can manually push it through though. The gears seem to be working fine and it's warming up. I have read the other ...
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Flexible filament frozen

I was thinking about what would happen when flexible filament is frozen. Would it become brittle or still be rather tough*. A situation I think of would be a ice tray in the freezer. It is nice to ...
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Does HydroFill support material work with ABS?

I just heard about this support material that claims to be both water soluble and compatible with ABS. Is this claim true? From what I have heard it definitely dissolves, but I am skeptical of its ...
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QIDITECH Dual Extruder and PETG

I have just received my QIDITECH printer, I've have ABS, PLA and two reals of PETG. I printed a sample using the clear PETG and this worked find, I didn't have to change any of the default settings. ...
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MakerFlex Spool has bubbles?

I ordered a 0.5 KG spool of Makerflex Glow in the Dark filament from Makergeeks. I ordered Clear and Opaque PLA with it. The Makerflex plastic is called TPEE. The entire spool of it seems to have ...
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What are the safest temperatures to heat different filaments to?

I recently backed a 3D printer on Kickstarter, and I would like to 3D print parts for high-temperature applications. So I have two questions; What's the highest temperature polycarbonate can be ...
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Oven/Food safe Filament?

I just backed a 3d printer on kickstarter, called "Mooz", and I was wondering about some of the possible applications of it. I realized it would be cool/helpful to be make cookie models, and bake ...
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What is PLA+? How is it different from PLA?

I picked up a roll of PLA+ at Microcenter because it was on clearance. I didn't even notice the "+" until I decided to try that color, and I noticed it on the sticker. It prints well, feels like ABS,...
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Using the end of a spool

I've seen several Q&As on recycling and reusing plastic from failed prints, but what have you done with the last few meters of filament? I've been keeping the ends of PLA (or sections I needed to ...
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Self-lubricating 3D printable materials for space

Materials used in space need to not outgas significantly An answer to this question: Would 3d-printed objects outgas in vacuum? referred to the NASA outgassing database which showed that ABS, PET, ...