ColorFabb LW-PLA Expanding Foaming Plastic Filament for 3D Printing - Part 1 Testing and experimentation


ColorFabb LW-PLA (Expanding/Foaming PLA) Filament for FDM 3D Printing - Part 1 Hello everyone, Richard here - In this blog post I'll be looking at a new and unique 3D Printing material for the FDM/FFF process. Tolerance and roundness of the filament was good.

PETG Filament: Properties, How to Use, and Best Brands

3D Printing Hub

Although PLA and ABS remain the most widely-used filaments in 3D printing today, alternative materials have been starting to gain some popularity. PETG has been widely used for outdoor signs due to its excellent printability and laminating characteristics.

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3D Printing with Nylon 618 filament in Tie-Dye colours


Nylon has amazing self-bonding properties making any FFF (layer-by-layer) printed objects very strong and less prone to de-lamination. It''s a good idea to tie-wrap or secure the filament into a coil before dyeing. In the end you should have tie-dye filament!

Christmas Advent 3D Printing advice #Day 7 Prusa Easy ABS and Filamentive RPLA


December advent calendar - modular Christmas tree 3D Printing advice #Day 7 For the background and i ntroduction - Day #1 Post click here Yesterday - Day #6 Post (Christmas Stocking) was printed in Chroma Strand Labs INOVA-1800 and Filamentive Recycled RPLA colours.

Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing and Subtractive Manufacturing: What’s the Difference?

The Solidworks Blog

This takes a filament of material and pulls it through a heated nozzle to the point of melting and is deposited where it is needed. Directed Energy Deposition – this is similar to FDM but using a metal wire instead of a polymer filament, but can also use a powder fired into place.

SABIC Features Additive Manufacturing, Glazing and Carriage Interior Capabilities at APTA Expo 2017

Additive Manufacturing

In May, SABIC launched six filaments for fused deposition modeling and a new family of reinforced compounds for large format additive manufacturing to help customers capitalize on the potential of additive manufacturing as a production process.

What Material Should I Use For 3D Printing? – Advanced Materials Review #2 – Taulman 618 and Taulman 645 Nylon

3D Printing for Beginners

This time, we’ll take a closer look at some more exciting 3D printer filament types and their inherent properties: Taulman Nylon 645 and Taulman Nylon 618. Taulman 3D is a US based 3D printing materials manufacturer known for their large selection of specialty 3D printer filament.

Christmas Advent 3D Printing #Day 17 Advice for making reference test prints using a Polyalchemy Elixir sample pack


not all colours available) As I recently discussed the need for material samples in Day 15 , I decided this poop emoji was a good advent gift to demonstrate the sort of thing a user could do with a sample materials / colour pack from a filament manufacturer.

How to Smooth PETG Prints

3D Printing Hub

Next to the ever-popular ABS and PLA filaments, PETG is probably the third most widely-used filament material in desktop 3D printing. PETG has a set of characteristics that easily make it stand out from other filament materials.

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Christmas Advent 3D Printing #Day 11 Advice using Proto-Pasta Magnetic Iron PLA and Conductive Graphite


This 3D Printing filament if one of the most fun to use that's in existence today. It actually does not shine up like other metal filaments (you can get a little shine if you almost kill yourself polishing it).

Aurora Flight Sciences Maximizes the Benefits of 3D Printed Composite Tooling

Stratasys Blog for a 3D World

Small continuous thermoplastic (PLA) sacrificial filaments (300 – 400 micron diameter) are printed directly between plies of carbon fiber composite materials laid down by the AFP system.

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For example, if I fold a short piece of filament double and let it go this is what happens :- PCL is rubbery and springs back almost straight, HDPE is a lot less springy. After that I make test blocks to fine tune the temperatures and find the best speed and filament diameter to build with.

Lasercut RepRap Available in Australasia & US

RepRap Blog

The instructions on the BitsFromBytes page are generally applicable and will fill most of the gaps, though the Ponoko variant does use more laminated parts to avoid having to use routing. At long last, I have got the lasercut RepRap kit online, available now from Ponoko here.

Christmas Advent 3D Printing advice #Day 8 3D4M Facilan C8 and Pongostore PLA


December advent calendar - modular Christmas tree 3D Printing advice #Day 8 For the background and i ntroduction - Day #1 Post click here Yesterday - Day #7 Post (water bottle rocket) was printed in Prusa research Easy ABS-T and Filamentive Recycled RPLA.

3D printing with cheap Nylon trimmer line/string


Is filament quality so important after all? Really, trimmer line may be a fully compatible filament ! Filament diameters, bowden tube and feeder. But I bet there are no such combination for a 2.4mm filament like mine. Trimmer line as a filament: how good?

RepRap: Blog: Like a glue gun on a robot arm.

RepRap Blog

Its actually quite invigorating to see people attempting to make more challenging structures than stacks of 2D planar laminations, and weve seen people using repraps to do this before, but the Mataerial people seem to have it worked out pretty well. RepRap: Blog.

Guide to Unusual 3D Printing Materials


Printing Method: Similar to FDM printing, the “Laywoo-3D” wood filament is coiled and extruded onto a heated base where the object is created upward layer by layer. Printing Method: Printing by the lamination of consecutive layers of paper.

Sky Hook


I have found that the most convenient way to provide the filament feed is to throw the whole reel into a large hanging basket and suspend it over the machine with a ball bearing. The machine pulls the filament from the centre of the coil through a hole in the bottom of the basket.

Christmas Advent 3D Printing #Day 18 Advice using E3D Acrylic (PMMA)


I used a 4mm brim on this small object, no warping or de-lamination.

All About Acrylic Plastic

3D Printing Hub

It is often used as a laminated layer over Polycarbonate (PC). Acrylic is also available in a filament form which can be used with 3D printers to create prototypes using computer-aided design files. The 3D printer basically heats the acrylic filament and then deposits it according to the design of the prototype. Various colors of acrylic filaments can be used to 3D print a large variety of models.

Pot black


The temperatures seem to be the same as those for green, i.e. higher than I have used for plain, but it is harder to get it to stick to the raft and it de-laminates more readily. With plain ABS I can have it at the normal layer height above the raft (filament diameter * 0.8)

Japans Daihen makes copper 3D printable using a M2 3D printer and 3D laminate shaping


Copper-based filaments, usually mixtures of copper and PLA, are already available in a few different formats, while copper is also frequently used with the 3D printed lost wax molding technique. Reading this title, you might think ‘but surely copper is already 3D printable?’ And you wouldn’t technically be wrong.

Thoughts on rafts


It is a solid dense foam 3mm thick, not the type that is soft foam laminated with paper. I glue it to a piece of wooden floor laminate with Evostick contact glue. The filament diameter I use for the base layer is twice the nozzle diameter or 0.8mm, whichever is the biggest.

TCT Show 2014 Industry Review & Technology round-up - RepRap Community Hub


This year all my labels were laminated and stuck directly to the printed object or design. Pods 2 and 3 - Had the fantastic Faberdashery - with all new branding and new translucent filaments. I printed a Gear Vase with the new Juicy Faberdashery filaments, check them out here.

9 Composites You Need to Know About Now

Design 2 Part News

This new resin system was specifically developed to manufacture resin impregnated carbon fiber blanks through processes such as filament winding, meeting BMW’s technical and commercial requirements for cycle time and performance. By Ann Thryft, Design News.

Reviewing the MakerGear M2 3D Printer

3D Printing Hub

Its build plate is made from Borosilicate glass print bed with a laminated replaceable print surface. It sports a RepRap smart controller-styled LCD screen for viewing printing information as well as an ABS laser housing unit and an ABS adjustment knob for controlling your filament feed.

Stepping up production


The outer wall is always two filaments thick, one is the perimeter and the other is the ends of all the infill zigzags that meet each other. With 0.5mm filament and a layer height of 0.4mm the filament threads are 0.6mm wide so the side walls are 1.2mm thick.

Mendel90 design improvements


The problem seems to manifest itself when extruding slowly because it takes longer for the filament to pass through the hex grub screw (which is the Achilles heel of the J-Head because it is wider than the rest of the filament path) and so has enough time to soften and buckle.

RepRap: Blog: Selectively making parts of object stronger

RepRap Blog

John, if you want to make part stronger (wrt lamination) dip the part into acetone or similar solvent for few seconds and it will make part much stronger. This would form a vertical filament interconnecting a whole set of layers. RepRap: Blog. Blog for the RepRap project at - a project to create an open-source self-copying 3D printer. Wednesday, May 25, 2011. Selectively making parts of object stronger.

Hot Stuff


The hot objects seem very strong and feel like they wont de-laminate in a hurry. When I was making the chuck grip I noticed that the raft changed colour part way across the top layer of the raft. The heater seemed to be on 100%, so it looked like the plastic was way too hot.

AFRL – Embracing Opportunity: Additive Technology for Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing

The technology further evolved to include fused filament modeling, wherein fibers of plastic thread were melted and joined together to form a new object. By Marisa Alia-Novobilski | Air Force Research Laboratory | Published January 06, 2017.

No compromise extruder


T0 keep the molten filament path as short as possible I combined the heater and the nozzle and made it from one piece of aluminium. That stops the filament sticking so that it can be wiped off reliably with a brush.

Dribble and smoke


The first problem I decided to tackle was extruding just the right amount of filament. Using the equations I described last time, I know what feed rate is required to give a particular diameter filament and what its exit speed will be. Not a very good day today.

Golden wonder


The filament didn''t span the void very well as it is a very big void, I have no fan running and there is a lot of heat rising from the bed. That caused some filament to stick up and collide with the head. I can now use 220°C and 0.4mm with no sign of de-lamination so far.

Catalogue of disasters


I soldered a nut to the end of the broken shaft and modified the couping in the lathe to shorten it and give it a taper to clear the filament. It is a sheet of 3mm HDPE laminated with aluminium. Last week things were going well.