Questions tagged [print-material]

Print-material, in comparison to the tag 'material', helps to specify that the question is concerned with the material the print itself is made from. This includes 'filament' as a subgroup but also SLS polymers for example.

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What filament material is safe to use as in-wall housing (US)?

Which type of filament material(s) is safe to use as an in-wall box for regular, 120v wiring? For instance, an electrical outlet box. In case it matters, location is the state of Washington, USA.
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Conductive materials quality

I was considering the possibility to 3D print some capacitors with various forms and shapes in order to test them. I need to be able to print both the non-conductive and the conductive materials at ...
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How can I remove my print from the bed safely

I have printed two objects with my new 3D printer (Anycubic Mega S) and everytime, my prints are stuck to my bed (sort of glued to it). I cannot remove them by hand. I have tried waiting until it ...
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XYZPrinting Premium Metallic PLA Conductivity

I have a XYZPrinting Da Vinci Mini W+ that I got for last Christmas. I am looking at the filaments available for it, since the included PLA is running 'low' (according to it) at 21 metres remaining. ...
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Nail polish remover that won't dissolve ABS?

In Finishing sunken text in 3D prints, I found that nail polish works great for filling sunken lettering in 3D-printed parts, but the procedure for using it requires removing the excess from the non-...
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Can mold release agent be used in 3D printing?

Do we need mold release agent in 3D printing mold? If it is not used, what effect will it have on the product?
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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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What actual dyes are used in filaments?

I've seen several questions about dyes in regards to food-safety, with no conclusive answers, as well as anecdotes on the RepRap wiki about how the mechanical properties of dyed PLA tend to vary by ...
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Does PLA become brittle with age? [duplicate]

I tried to use an old spool of PDA and the filament would keep breaking. New filament will discolor white but stay intact when you bend it. This old filament would break off at a clean 90 degrees ...
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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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Can commodity 3d printer extrusion hardware and filament be used for injection molding?

Assuming you have a suitable oven to maintain temperature at the filament's melting point and a suitable mold that can handle the temperature, is a commodity 3d printer hotend and extruder, with large ...
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Dual Filament Mixer Marble Effect

I'm looking for some software, that could create marble effect on product from two filaments, not just gradient, but evolving color change. Do you know some slicer or some tool that can generate ...
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PETG layer adhesion

I've been playing around with PETG for the first time, and everything seemingly worked right just from the start - clean prints, no stringing, no bed adhesion problems, no warping or dimensional ...
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How does this Martian habitat 3D printer built for NASA work?

The ArchDaily article AI SpaceFactory Wins NASA's 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Challenge shows a working 3D printing apparatus using an unusual material containing basalt fiber extracted from Marian ...
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Printing with Nylon 6,10

Can Nylon 6,10 be used for 3D FDM printing? What range of temperatures be used to print with it? How does it compare to the standard 3D printing Nylon material (I think it is 6,6).
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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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What is the reinforcement for 3D printing concrete cement?

When houses are printed with concrete cement what replaces the steel rebar for reinforcement? Here's a link referencing printing concrete: https://www.aniwaa.com/house-3d-printer-construction/ ...
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CubePro Duo Filament Cartridge Replacment Problem

So I just got this CubePro Duo and the guy we bought it off had 3 filament cartridges to go with it, two installed and one spare. The one spare was white PLA while the two installed were colored ABS ...
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Can I 3D-print print a PET bottle?

I want to print a transparent PET bottle for my homemade lemonades and thought about 3D-printing them. I would like the printed bottle's quality to be as fine as a Coca-Cola PET bottle for coke and ...
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Does GEL-LAY needs to stay moist?

POROLAY GEL-LAY is a kind of jelly-like material made by exotic filament producer Kay Parthy / CC Products. It is a mix of TPE and PVA that is supposed to have a jelly-like feeling. Once printed, you ...
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Density of GEL-LAY and LAYWOO 3D print material?

I'm looking for the specific density of the GEL-LAY and LAYWOO 3D materials by manufacturer CC Products. It isn't noted on their website or on the spool or the box the spools came in. I've looked for ...
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How does one use a heat tower?

I've been asking around on how to choose the right temperature for a given filament. I noticed that with two different brands of pla I have to print at different temperatures, and the manufacturer ...
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Can I reuse 3D printed parts? [duplicate]

I need to show a demo to people on a daily basis. But every demo is for a different 3D printed part. Can I reuse the material? Is yes, what is the maximum number of times that the material can be ...
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Secure disposal of 3D prints

The company I work for is protective of IP and has security procedures for disposing of anything that could be stolen for industrial espionage. Paper gets shredded and sent to trusted recycling ...
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How to avoid stringing?

How can I avoid the irregularities and stringing in the print. Printer Used: Fortus 450mc Model: PC Model tip: T10 Support tip: T12SR Support: SR-100 Slice Height: 0.0050 in I have printed two ...
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Out-gassing of printed material when heated

We know from this answer, 3d printed materials continue to outgas after printing and being cured. My question relates to this: How much does heating the printed object after printing (or being cured) ...
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Is hot glue suitable for FDM printing?

Is hot glue suitable for FDM printing, or some process similar to it? I think it has all of the required properties, and could produce a flexible transluscent print. It's cheap, hotends are cheap, ...
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What printer should I consider for printing microfluidic channels? [closed]

I am looking to purchase a 3D printer for the fabrication of microfluidics. I am looking for a printer that can print channels with less than 200 µm cross-sections, preferably, can print ...
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Printing with colorfabb XT fails after several successful layers

I'm printing parts for a HEVO (HyperCube Evolution CoreXY), using Colorfabb XT filament. After several successful prints. I'm having a lot of failed prints. They start off pretty well but after ~15 ...
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Should black high temperature ABS flow in direct sunlight?

I bought a digital sundial online and deployed it in (what else?) direct sunlight in DC in June. Within 30 minutes the gnomon started to sag and the mount started to pull away from the gnomon at the ...
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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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3D Printing of a Swellable Material

I recently saw this video of super-swellable polymer and felt inspired. Printing a swellable structure would be sort of interesting. However, sodium polyacrylate isn't a printable material. Does ...
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Any family of plastics / filaments that bend and keep their shape?

Not asking for a product recommendation, unless there's only one product out there like this... I have a need for a flexible filament that retains its deformation, kind of like silly putty. Are there ...
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Transparent Plastic

Is there any commonly printed plastic which I can buy that might be transparent to UV light? I wish to print a mould, then pour in my plastic which requires a UV light to activate the curing process....
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Is possible print this level of detail?

I'm new at 3D Printing. I made a model of what I want to print using blender, but it's really small with a little system that must be very precise to work. What I have is like a hollow cylinder with ...
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What's the best printing technique to produce splints (a device to immobilize a body part)?

One of the most interesting field in which the 3D Printing is being considered is the fabrication of biocompatible devices and parts for a medical applications. For that I am interesting in knowing ...
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I found a filament that can be used for really precise FDM printing, Who could I hire to create a custom nozzle for it [closed]

I found this low temperature filament for 3d printing, Low Temperature Filament 0.5kg 1.75mm, White Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure I can use it for a really precise nozzle because it's ...
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Thermal degradation of 3D printed ABS (and other plastics)

The short version of my question is: Are 3D printed parts made of ABS likely to survive for one year in an incubator at 80℃? Please read on for more details. I am printing some parts that will be ...
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Knocking/Clicking sound when Y-Carriage passas trough the middle of rods

Here is a video about 30MB, that shows my printer and it's sound during printing: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wj5_Uwv4X8SoLaouxBi1FHFi4x4Uoegd/view?usp=drivesdk I guess the reason of this sound ...
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What is the meaning of extruder's knocking sound?

I have a Prusa i3 printer with mk8 extruder. I am using PETG with (200-240/75-85) degrees recommended temp on it's box. but when I do printing i hear some knocking sound that means there is a problem ...
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Printing with Polycarbonate keeps warping

I'm trying to print a large piece with polycarbonate but it keeps warping, I'm using a Taz 5 printer and setting 290 C in the extruder and 145 C in the heating bed. Other setting I have are: ...
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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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Printer/Material/Setup recommendation for printing mechanical parts [closed]

I'm interested in printing small machine parts (gears, linkages, structural components) so I'm looking for accuracy and mechanical strength over speed and volume. I'm also somewhat concerned about ...
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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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Is it possible to print a resonator for a musical instrument?

I play a berimbau for Capoeira. One of the most fragile (and most expensive) bits is the cabaça, a hollow gourd used as a resonator. I'm not very familiar with the qualities of the resin used for 3d ...
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Filament not feeding then eventually blocked

I have an ANET A2 Prusa - which I've setup and performed a few prints on and they have various problems with the quality. I'm after some specific experience on what the flow of filament should look ...
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High-viscosity gel/polymer to suspend conductive material while it is being printed

I currently doing research on 3d printing on circuit boards. The technique we are using is to put a conductive material, I.e ceramics/metal in a gel/polymer, to print the suspension and then when is ...
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Are there any non-static (ESD safe) materials to print with?

I am attempting to replace an SFX power supply of my computer with a PicoPSU. I would like to manufacture a plate to fill the vacant place and to pass through the power lead, and maybe host a power ...
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What are the basic requirements to make a 3d printing machine? [closed]

What are the basic necessities needed to build a 3d printing machine. Workforce Technology Money etc. I'm an undergrad and my friends and I would like to make a printer for a project. We wanted to ...
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Can I print in wax?

I'd like to start 3d printing in wax. Is there a reasonably priced 3d printer that is capable of it? Am I right in assuming that all I need is to make my own filament and set extruder temperature ...