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Long Print with Lotmaxx SC-10

I am trying to print something that might take 15 hours. I don't want to risk my printer so if I print for 15 hours, what is the worst that can happen? So far, I haven't printed anything for more than ...
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SLA printers: food-safe resin parts

I've actually read that resin printed parts are not food-safe in Reddit and Formlabs guide. However, it also says that food-safe can be achieved applying some kind of food-safe coat to the printed ...
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SLA printers: safety with resin contaminated disposals

I've purchased an Elegoo Mars Pro recently, and I've been watching hundreds of video of all kind of processes, and everyone tells the same: resin is toxic, so you should cure it before throwing it to ...
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Extruder increase temperature

I bought a month ago the Artillery Genius. Everything was pretty good until today, I was printing a test cube and it stopped pulling out filament, when I looked the temperature it was -15 °C, a few ...
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Paper as build surface - how will that work?

I have a Creality Ender 3 that needs a build surface (both the build-tak sticker and the removable stiff backer). My dad has been pestering me to try using paper as a disposable surface. I am hesitant ...
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Advice on power supply wiring for the UK

I've been looking at the Ender series and decided to take the plunge. But I'm unsure on electrical matters. The 110 or 220 volt switch, I assume goes to 220 V as I live in the UK but my main ...
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Is PLA safe for masks?

So in light of the in going pandemic, I have begun printing masks for my family and a few friends. As I was printing them the thought occurred to me, "Is PLA safe to be breathing off of?" So that is ...
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All-metal hotend, cooling fan failures, and cold-side PTFE

I'm getting a pet bird soon, and I know that off-gassing from heating PTFE above 300 °C creates noxious fumes, which are bird-killer1. To try to prevent even the chance of that I'm replacing my ...
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Are silicone socks safe?

It's fairly common for E3D to sell silicone socks for their hot ends. There are also other companies that sell these silicone socks for their hot end cartridges. According to a brief internet search, ...
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Would PC be considered food-safe in this setup?

I have one 3D printer with Makerbot mk10 extruder and I would like to print my custom cup for tea or coffee from PC. Other than that, I came across idea that FDM printer will always leave small holes ...
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Good food-safe print filament or method? [duplicate]

I want to create a drinking cup that is entirely safe to consume liquids from. I’ve done some research, but I can not seem to find a cheap or easily accessibly food-safe filament. I have also had no ...
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Which 3D filament is 100% (or close to being so) food safe and non toxic? [duplicate]

I've recently bought myself a preassembled Prusa i3 MK3S printed and made my first projects. One of them was making a cup with my name on it. I want to use it to drink tea, water etc. I know, however, ...
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3D Printers imported from China - avoiding asbestos exposure [closed]

Many 3D printers are made in China, and as asbestos is still legal in China (with large ongoing production it seems). It is thus quite possible to end up with a 3D Printer that has asbestos parts in ...
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Best way to deal with Resin Printers in your living space

I know I did something stupid. I just had to have a SLA 3d printer. The issue being I live in a one bedroom apartment. In the months of owning it I have made lots of amazing pieces, I also for the ...
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Is there proof that 3D printer made nanoparticles are dangerous? [closed]

Facts: Breaking down (or melting) plastic creates nanoparticles.1 3D printers melt plastic.2 Therefore, 3D printers make nanoparticles.3 Nanoparticles are evil.[citation needed] Wait, What? 1. ...
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Are there printers that don't have thermal runaway protection?

This question asks about the reasoning behind thermal runaway protection and how to turn it on. However, how do I know if my printer does not have protection in the first place? Either because it is ...
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What is Thermal Runaway Protection?

What is Thermal Runaway Protection (TRP) and why should I enable it? How does one do so in Marlin?
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Is it safe to use a 3D printed icing smoother?

I want to 3d print my own icing smoothers, but I'm not sure if its safe to have plastic from a 3D printer in contact with cake icing. Is there any harm in this?
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Is PETG filament food safe?

I've been trying to find a 3D printer filament which would not release any chemicals if in contact with heated water for a substantial amount of time. So far, I've easily ruled out both PLA and ABS, ...
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How fast can printer head move without damaging steppers?

Is there any risk of damaging stepper motors if I set too big travel speed? What is maximum safe travel speed? My printer is a German RepRap Neo. I currently use 120 mm/s. Is it safe to ...
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Heatbed PID vs Bang-Bang - which one is more stressing on components?

I recently switched from Bang-Bang to PID controlled bed heating. The stock firmware pulsed On/Off with about 5 seconds each cycle. Now with PID, my bed keeps its temperature much more stable, the ...
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Upgrading to silicone heat bed, will it burn my house down?

I'm looking into upgrading my heated bed and replacing it with a silicone bed. I know nearly nothing about electronics, so I would like someone more knowledgeable to confirm if what I have theorized ...
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Ender 3 is capable of food safe printing?

I've been looking into the viability of manufacturing a replacement part for a kitchen blender that has a broken part. I found this page that talks about what makes a print food safe. One of the items ...
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Electric shock from ender 3 printer PSU

I had recently purchased an ender 3 and after setting it up and plugging it in, I received an electrical shock from the power supply. I live in the UK and so I was provided an EU to UK adapter which I ...
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Serious safety concerns with living in same room as PLA 3D Printer?

I have an Ender 3 which I primarily use for printing with PLA. I haven't branched out to other materials yet. :) I've done some research into PLA fumes and airborne particulates which seemed to ...
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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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Mains powered heatbed safety

I'm building a 40x40x40cm corexy and I am quite impatient so I want the heated to reach the target temperature as fast as possible, so I ordered a Keenovo silicone heater It is a 220VAC 1200Watt bed, ...
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MOSFET as a safety feature

When going through printer reviews, I often see the presence of a MOSFET listed as an important safety feature. I understand the MOSFET to be a transistor, but I haven't understood how it is used in ...
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Commercially available 3D printer fume and UFP extractor

Is there a commercially available fume and nano particle extractor for a 3D printer, like the Ultimaker3 extended? I'm looking for a safe solution, to use at home, for around $800.
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Is it safe to print a rotor insert for a centrifuge using a makerbot?

Laboratory centrifuges have buckets that hold the sample tubes in inserts. The buckets are the black things on the rotor in the upper left corner holding the bottles. Examples of inserts are shown ...
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Is Tetrahydrofuran viable for dissolving PLA and sticking PLA objects together?

According to Wikipedia, Tetrahydrofuran dissolves PLA. It also apparently dissolves PET. THF is considered a relatively nontoxic solvent, with the median lethal dose (LD50) comparable to that for ...
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How to transport a 3D printer? Dismount needed?

I need to transport my FDM 3D Printer because I am moving. What are the precautions that one should take? Should I dismount the motors and axes? I would definitively unplug the electronics as far as ...
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Creating positives for a food-safe silicone mold: safe?

First, a little background. A couple of years ago, I was researching making my own candy, and I came across this page: Lego brick shaped gummy candies, describing how to use real Lego bricks as a ...
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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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Which are the food-safe materials and how do I recognize them?

What materials which are commonly used in 3D printing, are food-safe? Are there any certifications/grading process for such materials, which can help me with my cross-checking and selection? I have ...
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Would 3d-printed objects outgas in vacuum?

I want to fabricate a sample holder and shadow masks to use in vacuum chambers. The type of printing material is not important to me PLA/ABS/PC-ABS/nylon). I'm worried that 3d printed objects (FDM) ...
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Safety precautions when using acetone

Acetone can be used to smooth ABS prints. What safety precautions should be taken during its use?
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Are there any methods of limiting exposure of hazardous fumes and odors emitted by heating the plastics?

When using thermoplastic-filament, this can be potentially hazardous, since constant printing can emit hazardous fumes and odors that may be emitted by heating the plastics. I understand it normally ...
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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 ...