Questions tagged [filament-production]

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Shortage of Specifically Grey PLA?

Is it just me, or is everyone out of just plain gray 1.75 mm gray PLA? Including HatchBox, Overture, and AmazonBasics. Is there a specific reason for this?
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Filament mixer?

I've seen questions about (like What is stopping us from mixing 3d filament colors in an Extruder?) and some solutions for mixing filament colors/materials at print time for multi-color printing, but ...
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Question about polypropylene with glass fiber reinforcement

My 3D printing experience is primarily with ultrasonic additive manufacturing (embedding FBG sensors into aluminum/process-based research), and recently I was approached by someone interested in the ...
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How does the Filament production process work?

What are the steps in the production process that factories that produce filament have to take to get from pellets to a full spool of filament. Which of these steps are critical for quality (...
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What types of pigments can be used when making your own filaments?

There are many types of pigments made for paint, food, fabric, cosmetic and finally plastic pigments. I guess we need pigments made for plastic, or at least pigments which won't decompose, burn or ...
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Can general purpose polystryene (not HIPS) be used for 3D printing?

High Impact PolyStyrene (HIPS) is a frequently used filament in 3D printing. It has been touted to have simular properties when printed to ABS and is especially useful for support structures (if the ...
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Making your own filament

I"m considering making my own filament, with a device like the one at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:380987. Partly because it's another machine to build, which is cool, but also to save money on ...
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What type of plastic can be used to produce your own filament?

I'm considering purchasing Filabot or some similar filament maker. What kind of plastic can I use to produce my own filament? Can I use any type of plastic or just specific printable filaments? Can I ...
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How to recycle filament material from printed parts?

Is it possible to re-use ABS or PLA filament material from printed parts? If so, what is the techniques to reform it?
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Conversion of 3 mm ABS filament to 1.75 mm

I have a few kg of 3 mm filament when I only have use for 1.75 mm. How can I make 1.75 mm from 3 mm filament?