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 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 ...
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Is it possible to 3D print sharp objects with high details? And how?

I mean 3D forms like these? In a small scale (height: 1-2 cm, width: 0.5 cm). I want to keep all the form's details. If it is possible, what printer do you advise? How much does it cost to print one ...
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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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Thoughts on designing and printing 3D miniature house

I've done a few 3D designs in Sketchup and Fusion 360. Prints were done in PLA on an FDM and an SLA machine that I have access to. Generally I am quite happy with the results. Now the description of ...
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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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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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Is it possible to 3D print a front bumper grille for a Honda Accord CL7?

I probably have to find out all the answers myself, but I could really use somebody else's experience. what material should I use, so the grill does not bend when exposed to the heat coming from the ...
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3D printing a cardboard box

Is there an FDM 3D printing material that looks similar to a cardboard box? I guess, and understand, it would not be possible to 3D print a cardboard box but would there be something similar?
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why can't powder-based 3D printing techniques create enclosed or hollow structures?

Metal powders are the fastest-growing segment within the 3D printing materials market, and 3D printing with metal offers a range of highly-sought out characteristics, including immense strength, ...
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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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Can a sandstone 3D print be printed as a solid object?

I've been asked to prepare a 3D model for 3D printing in sandstone. I've been told that it needs to be 3" tall and the walls have to be at least 2 mm thick. It's an absolute pain in the neck ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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