Questions tagged [filament]

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Can 1.75 mm filament be used in a printer that takes 3 mm filament?

As an extension from this question, is there any reason that you would not be able to use 1.75 mm filament in a printer that takes 3mm filament? I know you would have to change the filament size ...
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When to use 1.75 mm vs 3 mm filament?

Why do we have two standard filament sizes, 1.75 mm and 3 mm? Does it really make a difference when printing? Or is the 1.75 mm just for smaller printers? In what situations should I ...
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Can I mix ABS and PLA when recycling filament?

I'm thinking of recycling some filament from a couple of recently failed prints. I can reuse them in the future for basic prototypes, so I'm not concerned with whatever weird mixture of colors come ...
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Bulging filaments - How can catch them before they go in the printer

After multiple jams from bulging filaments on two spools I'm getting frustrated. One, right before a job was done. Is there something I can do to prevent these bulges in filaments from ruining jobs? ...
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Which are the strongest and most durable materials? [closed]

I am working on a robotics project and need to print some gears. These will probably by under a LOT of pressure. Which material/filament should I choose so that the gears don't wear off easily? PS: ...
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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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How can I stop my print bed tape from sticking to the filament?

I made a test print for a small gear (~ 1.5 inches in diameter) a few months ago, with a hole through the center. On the first try, the filament (ABS) fused to the print bed, meaning that I had to ...
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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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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?
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How to print metal-like parts?

I would like to print parts (e.g. jewellery) for use which I don't want to look or feel like a plastic, but metal-like, so briefly people won't see much difference. Are there any specific type of ...
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How do I give 3D-printed parts in PLA a shiny smooth finish?

The surfaces of my printed parts using PLA plastic look rough and uneven. Would changing filament to a better one make any difference? If not, what kind of methods can I use to achieve a smoother ...
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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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How is PLA different from ABS material?

What are the main differences when using ABS over PLA and vice versa?

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