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Polylactic Acid, also known as PLA, is a common biodegradable thermoplastic polymer.

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Anyone tried Varathane water-based Wood Stain on Hatchbox Wood PLA?

I printed parts for a Harry Potter wand with HatchBox Wood PLA, now I want to apply stain. I intended to try MinWax PolyShades wood stain, then noticed Varathane water-based wood stain is available at ...
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What is causing these strings in the overhangs?

I am consistently getting these strings in the overhangs on models that folks say they are printing without supports. Can anyone tell me what is causing them and what I can do to fix them? I've ...
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Layer lifted and separated from ESD PLA

I'm using the default Ultimaker Cura draft profile but with the nozzle temp at 220 °C because this is a special ESD filament. All was going well after some troubleshooting thanks to some ...
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How do I get circles on small interior holes to adhere to the bed?

I’m using a RepRap printer, PLA (Hatchbox 1.75 mm), SketchUp, and Slic3r. When I print small holes (1 to 1.5 mm radius), slicer software considers the holes outside edges for the first layer and ...
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Ender 3 first layer of ESD PLA printing on raft fails

I was asked to print something with ESD PLA and the first layer, on a raft, is coming out like this: Nozzle temperature was 220 °C and I'm using the default Cura draft profile. Can you ...
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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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PLA 3D Print longevity after being printed

I am curious about the longevity of a PLA printed part used in a commercial application. It would be a mounting bracket installed in an industrial enclosure. The internal cabinet temperature would ...
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Long prints shifting with Ultimaker 2

I am currently using Ultimaker 2+ to print some big parts with PLA. As long as the printing lasts for less than 15 hours (that's what I observed by experience, approximately), there are no problems. ...
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Odd print artifacts on same layer as large top surface

I printed the following object (I'm printing the single opening version, Flower_pot_3.STL), and observed an unusual print artifact. I would like some idea of what's going on so I can avoid it in the ...
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Can I use Araldite to stick PLA to metal frame?

I have a PLA base, that the MOSFETs are sitting on. I don't want to drill through the base of the printer, I was thinking of using Araldite to stick the PLA base to the metal frame. The PLA base will ...
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Does PLA block wifi signals?

I printed a raspberry pi case from PLA. This case. I fitted it to my raspberry pi and now the wifi keeps dropping out. When I take it out of the case there is no problem. The filament I am using is ...
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Adhesion issues using AmazonBasics PLA [duplicate]

I am a neophyte at 3D printing. My Ender 3 is now 4 days old and I modified it out of the box with a glass bed. My first print was a fairly complex item, but a mere 90 x 160 x 3.5 mm. Used the ...
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Spraying aluminium hydroxide nanoparticles onto PLA as fire retardant? [closed]

Several scientific papers study FR-PLA (fire resistant PLA) in which Aluminium Hydroxide nanoparticles are melt blended into the PLA (example source: Advances in Flame Retardant Poly(Lactic Acid). ...
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Sealing PLA & oil-based art supplies?

I will be printing an item that's usually made out of resin, but my version will be made out of PLA. Here are some questions I have: Usually, people seal the resin with brands such as Testor's, ...
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3D printed part sticking to the support layer

I am using a Flash Forge Creator, and when I print big parts (only in this case) I have about 25% of the bottom of the printed object sticking very hard to its support layer. And I spend a lot of time ...
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PETG Sticking to Nozzle

For a while now, my AmazonBasics PETG filament has been working like a charm. Now, it is balling up on my nozzle. I've tried slowing it down, re-leveling the bed, etc. I don't want to go through the ...
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E3D V6 PLA prints leaning / not square

When printing a 1cm test cube after upgrading to the V6 the cubes are tilted ever so slightly. This does not happen with the stock MK8 hotend, or when printing with the V6 with Polycarbonate+...
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Filament extrusion always stops at some point during print

I own a Creality CR-10 (using Ultimaker Cura for slicing) and I am experiencing terrible printing problems. My problem: I am not able to print anything that takes several hours to print. For parts ...
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Extruder get loose

Printer: Anet A6 I'm gaving some trouble with a loose hot end. I was trying to peel of some PLA when I noticed the whole thing was kinda loose. I could pull it out very easy. So I tried to put it ...
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What causes burnt corners?

Today I was printing some parts and I got these burn marks at the corners: This is the first time I see this on this printer (Anycubic I3 Mega). I was using more or less the same settings (in Cura) ...
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Heatercartridge bolt stuck

After a brownout a print failed and it got the whole hotend covered in PLA. I am now in the process of replacing some parts on the hotend (one of the thermistor legs broke of) and also wanted to take ...
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Designing lenses

Recently, I did discover that it might be possible to print fully solid, air free and thus optical homogenous, even with PLA. How can I design a proper focusing lens (or rather: single sided lens ...
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Printing rectangular grid

I am trying to print an item with a rectangular grid (using PLA on Ultimaker 2+): Holes are 4x4 mm, distance between holes (wall thickness): 1mm. I am printing with 0.4 mm nozzle. Unfortunately, ...
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Sandable primer suitable for PLA?

What kind of primer should I be using for my PLA prints? I want to be able to sand the object after applying the primer for a smooth finish before painting. Would something like this work? https://...
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How to remove exess filament from bed after removing model

Recently got an Anycubic I3 Mega Printer and I've been playing with what it can do, but after a model is done it leaves residue on the build plate behind that is bugging me. Do I NEED to remove it? If ...
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Makerbot Replicator (5th generation) poor print quality

Current main problem is that at various points during a print, one layer doesn’t attach well to the layer below it. That is what appears to be causing the artifacts in the second picture below, but ...
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Trying to control temperature of hotend using PWM signal and MOSFET

I have a 40 W, 12 V resistance heater in the hotend. It also has a 100 kΩ thermistor built in. I am using an Arduino to read the temperature on the LCD. This is working fine. I want to use this ...
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Considerations when pausing a print job

Some prints take a long time and, as I'm not in a workshop, I need to pause the print sometimes. Are there any special considerations I should take when pausing, or can I literally just click pause, ...
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Silicone spray as a release agent?

I've just printed my very first part and it did not want to come loose from the build plate, it fact, it just broke instead. I can heat the bed up again and work it off, but I wondered if a release ...
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Flashforge Adventurer 3 Filament feeder loud thumping noise, not enough filament extruded

My Flashforge Adventurer 3 is not printing properly. Filament feeder makes repetitive loud thumping noise and not enough filament is extruded. Resulting print (if completed) is not solid. Results ...
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Does color changing PLA require a hardened nozzle?

I've seen comments about glow-in-the-dark filament being abrasive and would damage a bronze nozzle so a hardened nozzle is recommended. Is the same true for filament that changes colour when warm (...
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Cantilever snap-fits print axis

I'm new to 3d printing and need to design and print a case on an Ultimaker S5 using PLA. The case is box like and consist of a top and a bottom part. I was thinking about cantilever snap-fits to join ...
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Monoprice maker select v2 doesn't extrude but is not clogged [closed]

So I have been printing lately, and got a new spool of filament. It will extrude when I pre-heat the nozzle and manually extrude it, however when I start to print, it doesn't extrude any filament. ...
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What causes ripples on part of first layer?

I'm having issues with ripples on the first layer of big flat prints. The initial corner of a big flat print is fine, but then ripples begin to form as shown in the screenshot. I'm just a newbie, so ...
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Inconsistent filament flow on anet a8

My Anet A8 was working and printing great until my hotbed connector snapped and shorted out my motherboard. After replacing the connections to my hotbed and my motherboard I can't print anything ...
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How to remove unwanted filament trails from sharp corners

I'm a 2-week newbie at 3D printing, working on a new Qidi Xpro machine (that is solid and one that I like). So, I do not want to believe that this issue is caused by my printer itself. I'm hoping that ...
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Bowden tube clog

There's PLA filament clogged in my bowden tube, is there a best practice for cleaning it out or do I need to replace the whole tube? Also the couplings are totally stuck :S - so I guess those would ...
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Print speed and settings for printing below 0.1mm resolution on PLA

I recently purchased an Anycubic Kossel Linear Plus delta printer, and I'm interested in trying to print slightly below the 0.1 mm stated lower limit of layer height. I'm not interested in trying to ...
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Why does my part-cooling fan cause stringing?

Really strange observation with my MP Select Mini V2 printing PLA. I've printed a dual-fan shroud so I can have a dedicated part-cooling fan. I've noticed that when I turn it on, the extruder starts ...
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How do I know when filament is getting old, and what things can I do to correct for it?

I've heard I should store filament in sealed container, preferably with a desiccant. But let's say I let a spool get a little old on the printer, or I purchased a filament spool that was old or ...
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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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What glues for PLA?

I will be creating a small tube styled piece to use as a junction between two pieces of plastic. The idea is to reattach the two pieces and provide strength so they don't break apart again. I plan on ...
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Serious safety concerns with living in same room as PLA 3D Printer?

I have an Ender 3 which I primarily use for printing with PLA. I haven't branched out to other materials yet. :) I've done some research into PLA fumes and airborne particulates which seemed to ...
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How to eliminate stringing and regulate flow rate?

I have been having a problem with stringing on my 3D printer, so initially I increased retraction distance from 6.5 mm to 8 mm. Then I tried again, with the same issue, so I increased ...
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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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Enclosure Ventilation

I am building an enclosure for my 3D printer (Anycubic i3 Mega) and I'm wondering about heat and ventilation for my machine. My enclosure is is build from five 50x50x50 cm Plexiglass frames glued ...
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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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Can you put PLA parts in your car (in the sun)?

I'm in the process of building my own head unit / stereo prototype for a car, which will have a 3D-printed enclosure. My concern is that cars can get quite hot in the sun, and even more so if you ...
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Uneven wall thickness with test cube

I noticed that one edge (which is also the starting point of the print) is always bigger than the other three. Additionally, the walls do not have the same thickness as well. The wall thickness (...
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Getting bumps/warts on surface, Cura doesn't want to comb?

I have not been able to print smooth and round shapes using Cura 3.3.1 (or earlier) without bumps. I think they are seams? The filament is PLA. Combing is enabled, which I thought makes it so that ...