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

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Dual PSU with one switch fuse

My home built printer has been having issues running properly. The x/y/z motors will run freely with standard non build position commands but when they are suppose to start a raft layer and they ...
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PLA coating for water irrigation 3D printed parts

I was considering printing some pieces for my irrigation system, like tube connectors and such. I am aware that PLA is hydrophilic so I was wondering with what kind of product I could coat the pieces, ...
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How can I stop the flare out of the bottom layers?

On nearly all of my prints, my first few layers are flared out slightly. I'm using painter's tape for the bed, and the bed temperature is at 60 °C while the extruder is at 205 °C. ...
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Prusa i3 PLA fails to stick to first layer on curves

I have been searching around on google and not found any answers to this dilemma. I am using a Prusa I3 printer with PLA, trying to print horseshoes for the company I work for. They are for model ...
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Filament clogging just above feeding tube - Duplicator 6

I have this clogging problem on my 3D printer that I am having a really hard time to solve. I am a hobbiest so in no way am I a professional with regards to 3D printers. I also know that this is a ...
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Weird underextrusion in vase mode?

It's my first time printing in vase mode, and I noticed my printer underextruding badly. The settings have not been changed from default vase mode settings in slicer, and earlier I was printing non-...
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Temperature offset on Wanhao Duplicator i3 Mini

I'm trying to print with PLA on a new Wanhao Duplicator i3 Mini. In regular temperature settings (200-210°C) the printer underextrudes and the extruder motor skips, which led me to suspect low nozzle ...
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Prusa I3 - Burn marks on print

This is an issue that's started happening recently. This is a Prusa I3 using a 1.75mm pla filament The settings for this print are as follows ...
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3D850 stuck in the nozzle

I am trying to use a 3D850 PLA filament which is supposed to work without any issues with any PLA printer. As a printer, I use Dagoma NEVA which is supposed to work with any PLA filament. I can print ...
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3d printer drip problem

I have a problem with my 3d printer. When I am printing, the printer seems to drip. I am very confused because I never saw this before and I do not know what to do. I attach a picture of it. Why ...
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Getting PLA to stick to a cold bed

Right now my heated bed is down and I had no time to try and fix it and I am trying to print something for a friend. I am having the PLA lift around the edges which I have NEVER experienced. The glue ...
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Is it advisable to use additional external fan(s) for printing PLA?

I was wondering if adding (an) extra fan(s) (not connected to the printer, but blowing on the print area) could improve the quality of PLA based prints(printing at 210 C). The printer already has a ...
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Removing pla from extruder

I read that the best way of removing ABS was to let the temperature at the hot end to drop to around 190deg c then a sharp pull. This worked really well. I am trying to print with PLA but no matter ...
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Glue for attaching PLA pieces to titanium

I'd like to attach a piece I printed out of PLA to a small titanium rod. I've previously used Superglue (cyanoacrylate) to glue PLA pieces to each other with great success, but the problem is that if ...
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Filament starts extruding as soon as hotend reaches melting point

I have a homemade 3D printer running on ramps 1.4 When i start a new print and the hotend reaches melting point of PLA, the PLA start coming out of the hotend. This goes on for as long as the ...
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Anet A8 hard to insert filament

I had been printing with ABS and took the advice to alter the fan so I can see the filament when I am loading it into the cold end. It was tricky but doable. I am now trying with PLA and getting it to ...
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My extruder does not reach the set temperature

Anet A8 with Cura. First time use. The extruder temp is set at 190 °C for PLA but the temp never quite gets that hot, e.g. 189.2 °C. So the printer never prints. The bed temperature is fine....
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Increasing rigidity of curved, long, thin parts

I'm attempting to model and print a globe. The semi-circular arm that holds the globe has an outer diameter of 98mm and inner diameter of 92mm, so the arm is fairly thin. The arm has a small hole on ...
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How can I get PLA or PETG to stick to a glass bed permanently without adhesives?

3D printing gurus, I've read on several forums that people have had issues with printing with PETG or even PLA on glass and it sticks so well to the glass that chunks of glass rip off due to thermal ...
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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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My printer is printing a messy ball. CTC prusa from Ebay

I bought this cheap prusa i3 variation from eBay. I setup everything and now I'm trying to print some gcode file from the SD card. Using PLA. Here is a video of the mess! How can so fix this ...
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Getting started: shell passes not fusing in x/y, and a slanted wavy pattern on vertical walls

I'm trying to find the main reason(s) for the imperfections I'm seeing in printouts from my printer. It is an I3 clone from Folger Tech. I got this printer from a friend who used it to print a larger ...
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Nozzle always “randomly” moves to 0 during print, then resumes

I recently bought an Anet A8 (https://pevly.com/anet-a8-3d-printer-review/). I've managed to get everything up and running, leveled the board, but am now running into a problem. At the start of the ...
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What infill settings and material type do I need?

I’m trying to have this bracket printed, but I don’t know what settings I should use. The project details say 50% for infill, but is there a reason why I wouldn’t get 100% for making it sturdier? I ...
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What is PLA+? How is it different from PLA?

Question What is PLA+? How is it different than PLA? I'm looking for science, composition, formula, safety concerns (or lack thereof), etc. Background I picked up a roll of PLA+ at Microcenter (...
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How do you assure that you print layers that bond correctly?

I'm fairly new to 3D printing but I'm getting the steam up and I chug out pieces without much hassle. One thing though is that I have the impression that sometimes, parts are easily broken, and I ...
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Printing starts well but then it breaks down, Anet A8

I'm printing a cylindrical piece but at any moment it breaks down. I tried it two times, both have break down in different place. I'm using a 1.75 mm PLA filament in my Anet A8. I'm using Cura 2....
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Double Image Along X Axis

Recently my printer has been creating double images along the X-axis, I just printed a calibration cube after checking all of my rods to make sure nothing was catching and here was my result: It ...
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Using the end of a spool

I've seen several Q&As on recycling and reusing plastic from failed prints, but what have you done with the last few meters of filament? I've been keeping the ends of PLA (or sections I needed to ...
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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 ...
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Could I 3D print an airbrush? [closed]

Could I 3D model and print a working airbrush in PLA?
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Small part bed adhesion

I am trying to print a model that has (at the start of the print) several small parts attached to the bed. Some of these parts have bed contact 2.5mm x 20mm. After a few layers, if there are any ...
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Print Nozzle Dragging and Smearing Filament while Printing

I am building a Prusa i3 MK2 Clone and I am caught on this one. I have replaced the extruder with a MK8 adapted by myself to fit with most of the previous hardware from the E3D style extruder. My ...
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Could nail polish damage pure PLA?

I would like to use nail polish to paint and smooth a PLA model. Could nail polish damage a model made out of pure PLA?
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missing small sections of layers after a retraction

So I am missing small sections of a layer when it prints, after a retraction for a layer change or a move, the extruder stops moving (no it isn't clicking or anything else. Just not moving). Which is ...
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Looking to use 3D printing to make a master plate for rubber stamp vulcanizing

I am an art rubber stamp maker, using a vulcanizer to make art rubber stamps from molds that are usually created with a magnesium plate. The normal process is to send artwork off to an engraving ...
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PLA continuous operative temperature

For personal usage, indoor, I'm doing some experiments with following lamp (v0.1): Lamp is a led bulb enclosed in a methacrylate tube and with a 3D printed finish at the top using PLA (my first 3d ...
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After 1.5 hours of printing quality degraded

Testing my new Wanhao i3+. PLA plastic(Wanhao), basic normal quality settings in Cura (I guess 0.1 mm layer, 40 mm/s speed, 60c bed temp, 200c extruder temp). After 1.5 hours of printing quality ...
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Object got unstuck from printing mat

So I was trying to print 3DBenchy on my new Wanhao i3+. PLA plastic, basic high quality settings in Cura (I guess 0.06 mm layer, 40 mm/s speed, 50c bed temp, 195c extruder temp). I didn't use any tape,...
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Using HIPS as support for PLA printing?

I have a question. I have a dual extruder printer and I want to try using HIPS for printing. Can I use PLA as my main material and HIPS for supports? Searching online I found combinations of ABS + ...
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What's smoother? Acetone treated PLA or ABS

From my understanding, both PLA and ABS can be treated with acetone to make them smoother. So when they are treated with acetone, which is smother PLA or ABS or are they about the same? When I ...
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Best method to make dissolvable supports?

Sometimes supports are very difficult to remove (physically) when I print with ABS. The image below, from Thingiverse - MOF-5 unit cell, is after significant effort to remove the yellow ABS supports ...
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Uses for PLA scraps

I recently got a 3D printer and have been experimenting with it a lot, resulting in a lot of failed prints (as well as successes, fortunately). I'd like to, if possible, find a way to reuse the ...
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ABS or PLA for structural printed parts?

TL;DR Is ABS a better material to use for structural parts of a 3D printer, as opposed to PLA? I have been looking at various suppliers of printed parts for a Wilson II, on eBay. One supplier ...
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Anet A8 won't print

I have just built my Anet A8 and it won't print. I will preheat it (190°C 60°C) and then press "Print File" and select, then it starts for a second, gets to ...
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Anet A6's filament not feeding through the nozzle

Whenever I try putting the filament through the nozzle it does not go through. I have searched everywhere online and have found nothing.
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Why 3d print has an ugly surface?

Lately I'm having some issues with white PLA. It sticks nicely to the print bed, but the very last layer of the print comes out really ugly. I'm not a native english speaker, I don't know what is ...
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Lower BuildTak adhesion

I'm having a similar issue to this one: I have retrofitted my printer with a BuildTak sticker. I'm printing PLA at 60°C bed temperature - currently using a 0.3 mm nozzle, but I had similar issues with ...
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Should you use hairspray on a metal bed 3D printer?

I've heard that using hairspray is useful for keeping the 3D objects from peeling off of the bed, but every example I have seen where someone uses hairspray, they use it on a glass bed. Is it okay to ...
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Lines of PLA not sticking to the bed

When I am printing objects that have a lot of surface area on the first layer parts of that layer will rise up causing there to be gaps in the first layer. Here are two pictures. The first one was ...