In recent times I have fallen in love with 3D printing. It complements woodworking and making in many ways. I’ve used it for stand-alone projects, jigs, drill and alignment guides even to repair my Microwave.
Its the perfect way to get the creative juices flowing when it’s too late to go out into the workshop. I love the process of seeing my designs come to life and how easy it is to tweak the design with the click of a mouse.
Naturally, I’ve used a fair bit of filament during this process.
Then along came 3DFillies (https://3dfillies.com/), I have found PLA+ from 3DFillies to be the most consistent, strongest and smoothest filament so far. Personally, I print it at a slightly higher temperature (210c) when compared to regular PLA but other than that it’s just the same as PLA to use.
Heres a run down of the benifits for PLA+ taken straight from the 3DFillies website:
PLA+ is our exciting
prod uctthat has been developed for over 8 months.
Here are some of the exciting new features at a glance;
– 10x stronger than PLA
– Australian approved food grade standard
– Better layer adhesion (brilliant for the first layer)
– Solid colours are vibrant and not opaque
– Resealable bag to avoid moisture issues for long-term storage
Our PLA+ has been independently tested by Intertek™ to be around 10
times strongerthan our previous PLA. The two measures used were the Durometer Hardness (ASTM D2240) and Tensile Strength (ASTM D882), both showed excellentresults. Rather than simply relying on theoretical results we alsocalled upon some of our wonderful customers to conduct field tests, requesting feedback for iterative changes to the formula. Special thanksgo to Stephen O, Adam P, Luke P and Daniel B.
We furtherconducted independent testing for Food Grade with the National Measurement Institute (Australian Government, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science) and also FDA (US Government Approved). Results bothcomply with the Australian and FDA standards (AS2070-1999 10/2011). The tests show that the filament is composed of safe ingredients that cancome into contact with food products. There are however some importantpractical considerations when printing objects with food contactin mind.
– It is important that your printer, namely extruder and
hotend/nozzle are also up to food grade standards. Typically, stainless steel parts provide the best measure to ensure food gradeprinting is not compromised. Brass nozzles are not recommended.
– Thorough cleaning of printed object is needed for repeated use
over time. If you wish to repeatedly use a part, you must ensure that no food productsremain even in the tiny gaps between each layer. Organic productsremaining on the can rot over time and contaminate your food producton the next application.
Better Layer Adhesion:
Only themost cavalier 3D Printing Professionals do not wait for the first layerto complete before carefully walking away from a print job. Our PLA+ provides stronger adhesion to the base plate/material. This will helpwith fewer crossed fingers or pray to deities against failed prints rightat the beginning of a job. This does not mean we guarantee 100% layer adhesion since it is dependent upon your print set up, but we designedPLA+ to give you an advantage in the fight for successful prints.
We’ve listened and actioned
feedback fromour wonderful customers that have demanded a more solid colour filament. Creating a solid colour filament is easy. It simply requires moreconcentration of dye. The consequence is that greateramount of dye tendsto clog the nozzle more frequently. We don’t believe in selling cleaningfilament to sweep up the problems of this issue. Instead, we havesourced an exclusive dye made in Taiwan that is both food grade and doesnot increase the instance of nozzle clogging.
Caring forour environmental footprint is everyone’s responsibility. Recycling isour best way to do this. We have changed our PLA+ filaments to come infree resealable bags that not only care for our planet but also help inwarding off moisture damage to your precious filament. This enables themto last longer so they are not exposed to damage from humidity. As withall filaments, it is best to pack them away in the resealable bag whennot in use and always keep the desiccant satchel inside the bag to absorbany remaining moisture.
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