Questions tagged [filament]

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Tevo Tarantula I3 filament clogging up

I have just finished assembling a TT I3, with a large heated bed 220x280, a couple of weeks ago and my first print went well. After a few initial experiments I noticed that the filament will not ...
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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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PETG Collecting on the Extruder

I have recently bought a spool of eSun PETG. So far I really like the filament. My only complaint is, I get lumps of charred filament deposited on my object. The slicer I used is Craft Ware and I have ...
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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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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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FDM: Clear=transparent part

I intend and would like to print a transparent hemisphere. I have a Taulman T-Glase clear 1.75 mm filament and I have XTC-3D. You can read this interesting page, Hacking t-glase to look more like ...
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Help preventing warping while 3d printing with polypropylene

I am wondering if anyone can help me achieve a good 3d print using polypropylene. I am trying to print custom insoles for shoes and I'm getting some bad warping/lifting (see image). Some details ...
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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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Multi-color printing with desktop 3D printer?

My MakerBot printer supports only two filaments at the same time. What are techniques to print objects with more than two colors for one object?
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Stone-look surface via painting?

Has anyone tried painting a PLA (or other) print with stone-look spray paints? In particular, how does the result look compared to printing with stone-fill filaments? It looks a lot cheaper, but will ...
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Are there any methods of limiting exposure of hazardous fumes and odors emitted by heating the plastics?

When using thermoplastic-filament, this can be potentially hazardous, since constant printing can emit hazardous fumes and odors that may be emitted by heating the plastics. I understand it normally ...
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Does filament have to be stored in an airtight environment?

For standard ABS and PLA filament, most distributors recommend storing the filament in an airtight bag. Does not doing this actually make print quality worse? I have left mine in the open for a year ...
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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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What and how much does coloring in the filament affect in the print?

Are there general rules on how much a colored filament vs. vanilla filament affects the print results, what is affected and how those values should be changed in the slicer to achieve more similar ...
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Increased issues with filament grinding

I have a FlashForge CreatorX (MakerBot clone) that's been working fine for about 15 months. Int he past month, I started noticing "thin" layers in some of my ABS prints. I finally tracked the issue ...
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Good methods to clean extruder gear (hobbed) from filament pieces?

I'm using a CraftBot original to print PLA, but some of the filament has become stuck in the teeth of the extruder gear on its way into the hot end. I'm having issues with the gear becoming stuck and ...
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Can aged PLA be refurbished?

Inspired by another question and due to the fact that some of my filament will face the same problem when I will use them again, I wanted to know if there are proven recipies to get rid of water that ...
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Good sources of filament "sampler" pack? [closed]

The local stores have started to stop selling filaments in the smaller 0.5 kg spools, and it's getting harder to maintain an assortment without buying lots of big spools. I mainly just want a bunch ...
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What makes a good PLA filament?

The quality of the filament is frequently mentioned either as the source of an issue but also as the solution to a problem. I know that the way you use,store and protect your filament will greatly ...
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Identifying PLA/PETG or ABS

I received a roll of Black filament as a present, and struggled to print with it, experiencing extreme under-extrusion (and slippage of the hobbed gear). Higher temperatures seemed to work better, ...
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What causes bubbles in extruded filament?

I've noticed this on almost ever print I've ever had. On the initial first line that clears the extruder nozzle tiny little bubbles/craters seem to form on the line. While I don't think these are ...
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Settings for Taulman 618 Nylon

I would like to know what are the best settings for Taulman 618 Nylon filament? In particular, the print head and print bed temperatures.
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I am using a stereo 3D pen. What surface should I use?

Using a 3D pen I printed a small box. However, I was doing it on plain paper and of course the paper didn't come off the plastic very well. It didn't matter for that specific case, but if I want to ...
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Best practices to fix a threaded nut inside a print

I'm trying to connect two 3D printed parts (ABS) together with a threaded connection. Thus, I need to fix a threaded metal nut (M4) inside a corresponding slot which I've implemented in the design. ...
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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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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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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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What do I do when I have a little filament left?

I just printed my first thing, now there's very little filament left in my Monoprice Select Mini v2. What do I do about it? Yank it out? Try to print out what's left of it and hope it all extrudes ...
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How to print a two color part with only one extruder

I'm planning my first project. I want to print an iPhone case with a flush letter on the back, but I want the letter in a different color (single extruder printer). The thing is the two colors will be ...
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Needing a simple fix for loading TPU

My question is... Is there a SIMPLE/easy way to load TPU without tearing my printer apart to insert a hose that probably wont work anyways. It keeps curling up by the cog. I have read a few topics in ...
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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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Filament Guides Drag

Backstory I've had issues in the past with my drive gear "eating" my filament. It seemed that the filament quit extruding for one reason or another and the drive gear would slowly eat away at the ...
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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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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, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Scalable 3D Printer

Is there a definitive scalable 3D printer? I've seen examples of Chinese companies printing entire houses, and I'm curious as to printers / filaments that are intended (or at least able) be scaled ...
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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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Wanhao Duplicator i3 ABS settings

I am looking to others who have successfully printed in ABS using a Wanhao Duplicator i3. I have tried and get a lot of warping and delamination. I tried putting a large box over the printer which ...
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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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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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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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Anet A8 extruder is clicking and not extruding

I was printing with my Anet A8 and it pulled the filament spool off of the shelf I have the printer on and forced the filament out of the extruder. I took apart the extruder and removed the debris ...
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My Anet A8 prints have been looking squished

I have recently purchased an Anet A8 but have been wondering why the prints look squished and have tiny balls on them. I am using 1.75 mm cheap PLA bought from eBay and have also had problems ...
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My Anet A8's filament isn't extruding properly

So after a lot of work I finally got my Anet A8 printing but then disaster struck. It has stopped working again but with a new problem. The first few strokes of printing are fine but then it goes ...