FAQ – Questions on plastic filaments

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Temperatures to use with PLA :

Print temperature : 175-210°C
Heat bed temperature: 60°C

Temperatures to use with l’ABS :

Print temperature : 230-245°C
Heat bed temperature: 110°C

Temperatures to use with Laybrick:

Print temperature: 165-195°C (recommended 180°C)
Heat bed temperature: optional but can need some tapes such as blue paint tape of hair spray, etc… .

Notes:

  • Powder/sandy Texture
  • Nearly no deformation during printing
  • Layers adhesion is very high
  • Easy to work with after print
  • Can easily break
  • Cooling fans needs to be on during the print.
  • Maximum infill 25%.
  • You need to cleanup the hot-end and your nozzle after each print
  • Don’t use acetone on finished parts (only IPA)

source: http://3dprintingforbeginners.com/3d-printing-materials-bendlay-laywood-laybrick/

Temperatures to use with Laywood / Laywood-D3 :

Print temperature: 175-250°C, recommended 185-190°C
Heat bed temperature:  optional but can need some tapes such as blue paint tape of hair spray,

Notes:

  • Great wood texture
  • Nearly no deformation during printing
  • Layers adhesion is very high
  • Great potential
  • Can easily break
  • Can easily obstruct small diameter nozzle
  • You need to cleanup the hot-end and your nozzle after each print

source: http://3dprintingforbeginners.com/3d-printing-materials-bendlay-laywood-laybrick/

Temperatures to use with Nylon Taulman:

You will find different types of qualities for nylon :

  • Nylon 618 :

Print temperature: 235-265°C
Heat bed temperature: 50°C

  • Nylon 645 :

Print temperature: 230-265°C
Heat bed temperature: 50°C

  • Nylon Bridge :

Print temperature: 235-245°C
Heat bed temperature: 50°C

  • Nylon T-Glase:

Print temperature: 212-248°C, ideal 235-245°C
Heat bed temperature: 50°C

Important Note: With nylon it’s important to dry the spools because it easily absorbs a lot of humidity from the air . It can absorb up to 10% of it’s mass in water in less than 24 hours. To get an optimal print, the filament has to be as dry as possible.

You can dry the nylon by placing it inside a oven with temperatures between 80 to 90°C for 6 to 8heures.Once dry you can store it in a dry storage room with a small dedicated dryer bag.

How to store plastic spools ?

The plastic is absorbing humidity from the air during a long storage period to ambient air.
Humidity on filament can change it’s properties (filament diameter, melting point etc…) and so cause issues on future prints.
More over materials such as Nylon easily absorb humidity.
It is recommended to store your materials spools in a dry area, under a sealed plastic with some dryer bags.
You can also pre-heat the spools by placing them on your heat bed for 10 to 30 minutes. This technique is even more recommended for materials such as Nylon.