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

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How to unclog a clogged extruder?

I have a Wanhao Duplicator i3 v2 (A.K.A. Maker Select, Cocoon Create). My extruder got clogged: I noticed that it wasn't extruding, so I stopped my print, removed the fan, heatsink and the extruder ...
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Can the da Vinci Jr 1.0 print in 100 microns, if so how?

I was wondering if the da Vinci Jr. 1.0 can print in 100 μm layer height. If so, how could I do this?
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Is a heated bed necessary if printing with PLA? [duplicate]

I'm looking at getting this printer, the da Vinci 1.0w 3D Printer, very soon as my first printer. Since this is an enclosed printer, from what I can tell from the pictures, and given that it is a PLA ...
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First layer overlap on one side

When printing the first layer, the infill overlaps on just one side of my print. Thereupon there's a rough, and a lot higher, surface on the first few millimeters after the wall. Printer: Arduino ...
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Weird bumps cylindrical hole

Not quite sure what's happening here. I printed it as a single ball and had this effect. I thought it might be a cooling issue so I printed 4 at once but the issue still occurred. If I size the ball ...
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Do I need a heated bed for printing PLA in an enclosed printer?

I am planning on building a large enclosed (Cartesian XY-Head) 3d printer. I want to keep the inital build time minimal and it is very likely I would need to build the ~50x50cm heatbed from scratch, ...
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is PLA gasoline, diesel or chemical resistant?

can PLA be used to print out containers or other parts that are in direct contact with gasoline, diesel or other hard chemical substances? Will it start degrading when in contact with said chemicals? ...
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Poor adhesion only for first couple of inches

I have a QIDI Tech 1. It has a heated bed, and a cooling fan attachment. Whenever I print without a raft, the first inch or two of material laid down does not adhere to the bed, but the rest of the ...
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How to create attachable/detachable printed parts

I am making a part that needs to come apart, so I don't want to use glue or similar adhesives. I saw an article about printing snap-fit pieces, but it seems like you would need a lot of expertise to ...
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Can I repair my microwave with a PLA part?

The turntable support part in my microwave has broken. It is a three armed part, with small wheels at the end of each arm. I'm confident I could print a replacement, and reuse the existing wheels (...
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Irregular 3D printed part

I tried printing from an STL file on the QIDI TECHNOLOGY 3DP-QDA16-01 Dual Extruder Desktop 3D Printer QIDI TECH I. They recommend using the MakerBot software with the Replicator(Dual) profile. The 3D ...
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Does the layer thickness have any effect of the strength of the 3D printed object?

Is a 100 micron layer thickness object stronger than 300 micron layer thickness 3D printed object? Are there any rules to follow? Filament type - PLA
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Why is my print getting messed up mid-print?

I am using Slic3r to generate the GCode for my Marlin-based printer. For some reason with increasing height my print starts to get messed up. On another part it starts to act like this when there are ...
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What are the reasons for my 3D prints having large numbers of strings between parts of a layer?

I am printing a print using PLA on a Prusa i3 printer and an MK8 extruder, at 210 degrees celsius, 60 mm/sec, sliced with slic3r. The print consists of a base, with 4 tower-like projections that then ...
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Should I consider health impact of ABS or PLA when printing cookie cutter?

Should I consider health impact of ABS or PLA when printing cookie cutter similar to image below? How safe it is to use ABS or PLA for kitchenware in general?
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3D Printer Stringing after nth layer

Quick Question. My Printer is the CTC clone of the Makerbot Replicator Dual. For my past few prints after nth layer the print just starts to go stringy. Here is an ...
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What does a "3 h5" mean in reference to the axle of a motor?

Sorry if this isn't the right place to ask, but it seemed like the most relevant stackexchange. I want to print a connection from a motor to an omniwheel, the axle of the wheel is listed as 8mm, but ...
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Settings to change when upgrading from Smart Extruder to Smart Extruder+

I am optimizing a collection of slicing profiles and in the process of upgrading some profiles from the classic Makerbot Smart Extruder to the new Smart Extruder+. What are the parameters that should ...
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How can I optimize my print for casting in metal?

A fellow maker has tried printing a 3D model in clear PLA (<5% infill, 1 or 2 perimeters), burying it most of the way into casting sand, and then pouring molten aluminum. This melts and burns the ...
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What kind of filter do I need for the enclosure of a 3d printer? [duplicate]

I've heard alot about the need for ventilation when using 3D Printers lately. Is there any special sort of filter that would prevent the toxic gases from leaking out of the printer while it's ...
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Do you provide ventillation for your 3D printer? [closed]

The university of Austin published a study saying that 3D printers emit toxic chemical vapors into the air when printing. They specifically point out that PLA vapors are shown as possible links to ...
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Can you use PLA material with food and drinks?

I would like to print fancy plastic cutlery sets or plastic glasses. Is it safe to do it? Or bad for your health, if so, why?

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