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Best material for compression?

I'm designing a mount for a cylindrical speaker to attach to my bicycle. It will mount on the bottle cages. I've printed a few iterations with various infill settings (using PLA) and the weak point is ...
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Attach handle on a loose screw

The handle of a micro wave oven broke. I can't just order a replacement part because I can't even attach the new one. The problem is that the screw heads are somewhere on the interior side of 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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Material for printing flowerpots

I want to print a flowerpots, for advanced watering system. Plants are going to be eaten. What is the most suitable material, when we consider the fact, that we do not want to just make forms and do ...
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Material for printing orthotics

I noticed foot arches are already digitized, but custom arch supports are usually expensive. PLA and ABS aren't the best material for printing arch supports, especially if they replace the shoe's ...
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PLA infill/perimeter-layer to mimic real bone hardness

I friend of mine is in need to have human bone printed for educational purpose. Of what I understood they will use it for practicing drilling in it and thus need the printed bone to mimic a real bone. ...
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Damage to bed surface from heat or chemical or..?

The original bed surface of my Ender 3 has become brittle and finally cracked, requiring replacement. I'm trying to figure out what the cause might have been to avoid it happening again. It seems to ...
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PLA chemical resistances? Especially HCl, other acids

I'm interested in 3d printed reaction chambers, but can't find any good information on chemical resistances of PLA, just vague claims that it "might not be" "because it's biodegradable" or that it ...
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What is this material?

In the context of a personal project I would like to reproduce the appearance of a commercial product of which I send you a cropped image. I would also like to point out that I do not have the object ...
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Good alternative to HDPE for FDM

A while back, I had worked on building a Yostwerks Sea Cruiser. Now I'm thinking of trying to create a 3D printable (or 3D millable) version of the plans. The original design uses cross-sections cut ...
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Which common 3D printing materials/methods will suitably replicate (w.r.t. durability) this injection molded Polypropylene item?

Note: Before any negative flagging, we asked permission on Meta prior to posting & got a YES: Could this Printing Material Recommendation Question be or shaped to be valid on 3D SE? Which common ...
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Inexpensive 3D printer for medical applications

We need a 3D printer, that can print with plastic suitable for medical applications. We have about $5000 for the printer. What printers can we choose? I am not a specialist in 3D printing, so please ...
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Filament Cost vs. Quality?

I'm a 3D printing newbie, and I bought some Hatchbox PLA to start with since it is recommended by the community it seems. Is there really a steep quality drop off if you go for brands that are 50% ...
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How to print TPU material with 3D printer

Is there anything special for printing TPU material e.g extruder or temperature? It's my first time printing TPU material, so if you have any photos, it would be great if you can share them.
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Plastic most closely mimicking Ultem in Autodesk Inventor

I'm trying to run a stress analysis on an assembly of parts that will be printed in Ultem 9085 (on a Fortus 400MC). I am trying to find a plastic that most closely mimics the material properties of ...
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Filament material for chemical application

I am doing laboratory experiments and need to print some components. I am working with different aqueous (water) solutions containing sulphuric acid (H2SO4), hydrochloric acid (HCl), and hydrogen ...
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Which is more durable to sunlight/weather - PLA, ABS or PETG

The backstory: I'm installing a pigeon net in my home. Because of the shape of the opening I'm installing the net in and the material on the sides it's difficult to anchor the net using the normal ...
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Can 3D printers print details in the 1/10 of the micrometer for metals?

I'm starting to get familiar with 3D printers. I wish to know if printing details the size of 10-7 m (3.9*10-6 in) is possible these days with metals or any other material. If anyone has ...
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3D printing a boat hull

I am wondering if it would it be feasible (at an affordable price) to 3D print a boat hull (small dimensions, maybe something like 60x40x20 cm). I am mostly concerned about: durability (against ...
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Is PLA filament conductive?

I am planing on printing something that will make contact with PCB boards. The print will be most likely to be in PLA. I don't want to fry the PCB board so I want to know if 3D printed PLA objects are ...
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How can I print gears using very high resolution material like nylon

I'm trying to gear down a servo even further. I notice that the majority of the gears are made of nylon, and I want to create new gears that come close to the resolution and strength of the existing ...
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3D printing a cardboard box

Is there an FDM 3D printing material that looks similar to a cardboard box? I guess, and understand, it would not be possible to 3D print a cardboard box but would there be something similar?
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Reducing amount of material

Just started doing some design. First project was a replacement handle for my angle grinder, so basically a hollow cylinder. I want to reduce the amount of material used in the print. I could sit here ...
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3D printing and coating of heat-resistant objects, such as a turbine blisks or blades

Is it possible to 3D print an axial turbine 2 - 4 inches (50 - 100 mm) in radius, capable withstanding temperatures about 800 - 1000°C and rotation speeds of 100 - 120 x 103 rpm? How expensive is ...
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Affordable 3D printing of reflector

Are there any 3D printing services or something similar to 3D print or injection mold light reflectors? I'm trying to find something that is similar to PCB printing that allows you to upload a 3D ...
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Simulation tool software for 4D Printing

In 4D printing technology or by means usage of Shape-memory alloy (non-metal, iron based, copper based or NiTi material) for 3D printing. Is there any simulation tool software which i can use to ...
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stable FDM materials

What materials, available as filaments for use in FDM printing, are known to be the most physically and chemically inert? In particular, stability (not necessarily simultaneously) in the presence of ...
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Is it possible to make a hermetic sealed 3D Printed case?

I am wondering if making an hermetic box is feasible using 3D printer. The box would be a cube with a front face removable, with screw and sealing joint to close it. I searched for different materials,...
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3D printing enclosure with LED indication symbols — is this possible?

I am looking to print an enclosure, which will have a PCB inside with some LED indicators. I was wondering if it is possible to 3D print the enclosure such that the following look can be achieved? ...
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How to reuse modelling bases for the Stratasys uPrint SE Plus?

It's criminal how wasteful the Stratsys uPrint SE Plus is with it's 'one use' modelling bases. Is there a reliable way to re purpose them? I have tried ethanol and acetone, but not had any luck.
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Bonding PETG to glass

I'm thinking of trying my hand at fabricating microfluidic devices. I'll be using a filament based on PETG (Zortrax's Z-glass filament, which is translucent and resistant to acids and bases). For my ...
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Alternative 3d molding techniques at home [closed]

i have seen formbox http://golem13.fr/formbox/ and it uses heat and many materials like PVC. Is there any way to do this with paper or paper derivatives(like egg carton)? If the answer is yes, how can ...
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What brand of 3D printing materials is the most famous/popular? [closed]

I am new to 3D printing and have read there is a fair bit of knowledge required to use the right product for printing. In search for a good quality brand to start with, what is the most used ...
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Advantages of PETG filament?

I was just shopping for filament, and saw some glowing claims about PETG being as easy to work with as PLA, but as strong as ABS, and less brittle. Anyone know if that's actually true, or what the ...
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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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Which are the food-safe materials and how do I recognize them?

What materials which are commonly used in 3D printing, are food-safe? Are there any certifications/grading process for such materials, which can help me with my cross-checking and selection? I have ...
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Would 3d-printed objects outgas in vacuum?

I want to fabricate a sample holder and shadow masks to use in vacuum chambers. The type of printing material is not important to me PLA/ABS/PC-ABS/nylon). I'm worried that 3d printed objects (FDM) ...
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3d printing for outdoor use: what types of filament are most weather resistant?

I'd like to print modifications for my birdfeeder, both to patch over the hail damage from last summer and to try to deter the neighborhood squirrels. I have an FDM printer (and experience with nylon,...
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Are there any metals that exhibit a large glass state?

Plastic is used in 3D FDM/FFF printing partly because it had a wide temperature range for its glass state - where it can be flowed with some force, but won't flow due only to gravity. Most metals ...