Tag: 3d printer

Buying a used 3D printer

You’ve been scouring the web looking at all these amazing prints achieved by 3D printing. You’ve looked up the hundreds of 3D printers available to buy, but money is tight…why not go for buying a used 3D printer!? Sure, you can go and buy brand new for under £200. What if you want something that

Extrusion Width & Layer Height: Why Girth & Thickness Matter!

Extrusion Width and Your Girth What is printer resolution? Extrusion Width and Layer Height = Resolution. If you want higher resolution,  then you would use smaller values. If you want lower resolution,  then you would use higher values.  These settings will not fix extrusion problems.  These settings will only affect the quality of your final print.

Common Causes That Can Happen To The Extruder

This issue may be a quite common one for brand spanking new 3D Printer owners, however things can be straight forward to resolve. In this article it will cover four common cause that can happen to the extruder, we are going to practice each below and justify what settings are often accustomed solve the matter. Prime The Extruder At The Beginning Most extruders have a foul habit of leaking plastic once they are sitting idle at

Polycarbonate 3D Printer Filament

Polycarbonate is the strongest 3D printer filament presented in this list, it is extremely durable and resistant to both physical impact and heat. PC is able to withstand temperatures of up to 110°C.  With it also being transparent, this explains why it is used in commercial items such as, bullet proof glass, scuba masks, and electronic display screens.

TPE, TPU, TPC (Flexible) 3D Printer Filament

TPE ( thermoplastic elastomers) is plastics with rubber-like qualities, making them extremely flexible and durable. TPE is commonly found in automotive parts, household appliances. Soft and stretchable, these filaments can withstand punishment that neither ABS or PLA can to handle. On the other hand, TPE can be difficult to extrude not the easiest filament to use. TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) is a particular

Nylon 3D Printer Filament Tips, Tricks and Uses!

Nylon a popular family of synthetic polymers, that are used in many industrial applications. Compared to most other 3D printer filament types. This filament ranks as the number one contender when together considering strength, flexibility, and durability.  Another unique characteristic of this filament is that you can dye it, either before or after the printing process. The negative side to

ABS 3D Printer Filament

ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) is actually moderately superior to PLA, despite being slightly more difficult to print with. Products made of ABS boast high durability and a capacity to withstand high temperatures. Keep in mind the filament’s high printing temperature has a tendency to warp during cooling, and intense fumes. If you are using this type of filament it need to print with a

PLA 3D Printer Filament Tips, Tricks and Uses!

PLA 3D printer filament has a lower printing temperature than ABS, and it doesn’t warp as easily, meaning it doesn’t require a heating bed (although it definitely helps). Another benefit to using PLA is that it doesn’t give off an evil smell during printing. This filament is considered an odourless filament.  Finally, as a biodegradable thermoplastic, PLA