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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Is 3D printing safe for your health?

I would like to buy a 3D printer, but I'm concerned about the health risks that are associated with its operation. Some groups of scientists say it can be harmful for humans. What do I need to ...
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How should I clean my extruder when changing materials?

I often switch my print material, i.e. ABS / PLA / Wood / Flex, How can I best clean out my extruder between them to ensure I don't contaminate my next print?
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Can I 3D-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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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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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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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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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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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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What are the ideal print conditions for polypropylene?

I'm having a lot of trouble printing polypropylene right now, and I think it may have to do with the conditions. I'm using a very thin coat of ABS on the base plate (just as you would do when printing ...
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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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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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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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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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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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3D Molecular Printers

Are there commercially available molecular 3D printers that can create catalytic structures like Zeolites, if not are there any research efforts underway in such field?
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3D printed mold techniques for long and short term usage

3D printing can be used to make injection molds of unimaginable complexity but which kind of 3D printing process is suitable when? Suppose that a part is to be made using injection molding in large ...
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3D printing related safety precautions for a baby rattle

I've a friend who is expecting. There are several adorable weapon themed rattles on thingiverse. I am, however, concerned about safety associated with such a product in the hands of a baby who will ...
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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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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 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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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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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 ...
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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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What is the best color of PETg to use for outdoor durability?

I am doing a quad-copter now. I am not sure what color is the best to use for outdoor durability, especially in sunlight. They say PETg is the most durable material amongst cheap ones. But what ...
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3D printers for ceramic clay?

Are there any extruders and printers that do a good job with ceramic clay? I assume the clay has to be fine grained and with enough water added to be able to be pushed out through the extruder's ...
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Can I use a metal filament on M3D Micro (or Pro)?

Can I use a metal filament such as Copper, Zinc Alloy, Silver filaments on M3D Micro? The Pro hasn't come out yet but I assume it would if the Micro can since the Pro is suppose to be the improvement ...
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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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Can anyone suggest what technology and 3D printing material is most suitable for printing of dental models?

I'm looking for a 3D printer for applications in the dental field, for printing digital dental models (not for itra-oral use parts). Resolution and finish are the main requirements that we consider ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I determine whether a print material is dishwasher, food, and microwave safe? [closed]

I would like to print lunch boxes, which I can put into the microwave. How could I determine, if the print material is appropriate (dishwasher, food, microwave safe)?
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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 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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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/ House ...
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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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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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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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What are the long term material properties of VeroWhitePlus 3D printer material?

I have been 3D printing parts with an Objet 30 Polyjet 3D printer for about a year now, primarily using Stratasys VeroWhitePlus UV cured model material. In general, the parts seem to become more ...
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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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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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Materials testing of 3D printed parts

What parameters are needed when preparing to model a 3D printed part in (ANSYS or Abaqus)? Are there specific tests? Update We have been using FDM printing, with PLA. Our parts are for a quadcopter ...
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Design connection to motor shaft for printed gear

I am currently trying to print a gear with the possibility to connect it to the shaft of a DC motor. The following picture best describes what the shaft of the motor looks like by showing the hole ...
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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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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 ...