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Best 3D Print Surface – PEI vs Garolite vs Glue

2023-10-05T17:25:30+12:00October 5th, 2023|Uncategorized|

What should you 3d print on? Should you use glue? Why not just print on glass directly? Do you need a hair spray?

Now you might not believe it, but the real answer is that all of them are really useful, they have their merits & we use all of them!

So lets go through all of them & discuss when to use each one, or rather which one may be the […]

Tips to 3D Print ABS Polycarbonate Nylon

2023-09-20T15:49:12+12:00September 20th, 2023|3D Tips|

Tips for 3d Printing ABS & PolyCarbonate

In this article we discuss how to control warping on the Creatbot F series 3d printers like F430 & F160 when printing materials that shrink heavily.
ABS, ASA, PolyCarbonate, PolyPropylene, & Nylon 12 all tend to shrink & warp.
Here are some general steps to minimise the impact of this problem, & to get the best 3d prints:

1) Ensure the bed is set to at least […]

Resin 3d printing Workflow – Print without a mess

2023-06-06T11:58:47+12:00June 6th, 2023|3D Tips, FAQ|

Once you’ve looked at the detail & capability of a liquid resin 3d printer, you’re bound to be impressed by the quality of parts.

Modern resins not only look good, the new resins offer mechanical properties that match conventional thermoplastics.

LCD Resin 3d printers are not only affordable, but they are fast. And they are getting bigger.
But the burning question in the minds of first time users is, how easy […]

Why use a Curer instead of the Sun to Post Cure Resin 3D Prints

2024-03-09T14:28:03+12:00June 2nd, 2023|3D Tips, FAQ|

Sunlight has UV. Why bother buying a Curing unit?

New Zealand has very high levels of UV. Why should we not use the free UV?

There is a myth that it is perfectly fine to cure with sunlight.
This is commonly believed in places that have Ozone holes, or are generally hot.

Though sunlight has UV in it, there is very less intensity of 405nm wavelenth UV that is needed to cure 3d prints.
The […]

What is an IDEX 3D Printer & why would you want it

2020-06-01T15:43:03+12:00May 30th, 2020|FAQ, News|

So what is IDEX technology & why is it such a big deal in Dual Extruder 3D Printers?

First lets explore what Dual Head 3D Printers actually refers to

Common 3D Printers with 2 heads, also called dual extruder heads, are essentially 2 filament output mechanisms attached side by side on a single ‘Head mount’.
For sake of convenience, these were still called ‘Dual Head’ & the terms dual head or dual extruder […]

3D Print Not Sticking to Bed FAQ

2020-05-27T05:41:16+12:00May 27th, 2020|3D Tips, FAQ|

Why is my part not sticking to the 3d printer bed while being 3d printed?

The Most common issue people experience when they first start 3d printing is that the plastic is not sticking to the printer base, so the object can not form.
While this may seem like a very serious problem, in most cases it just means you need to setup a few things correctly.

In the 3D Printing world, we […]

How to 3D Print Wood Filament

2019-08-16T12:25:50+12:00August 16th, 2019|3D Tips|

Firstly, what is Wood Filament ?

All Wood filaments are actually made by adding Wood Fibre into a base plastic, most commonly PLA.
Thus, most wood Filaments are called Wood PLA.
Most cheap Wood filaments are PLA with only around 5% of Wood fibres in them.
These wood fibres are made in the same way as those used in MDF wood sheets.
When you ‘Print’ Wood, what you are actually 3d printing is the plastic […]

Esun PLA+ – Why exactly would you want it?

2023-09-22T18:15:46+12:00March 30th, 2019|News|

PLA Plus vs PLA – Go For Quality

Why exactly would you want it & not standard PLA?

..and when should you use standard PLA? Is there ever a need? (yes there is.. please read on..)

Our PLA+ (same as PLA Plus) 3d filaments brands are very well reviewed world wide. And so are our standard filaments – well respected.
So its been a common question asked as to why we have both.

PLA is […]

How to CLEAN your 3d printer head with Cleaning filament

2019-03-14T03:36:19+12:00March 6th, 2019|3D Tips|

Cleaning filament is great, but it is not so intuitive to know how to best use it.

First, we need to check if the 3d printer is in a state where we can even use the cleaning filament

  1. Please heat up your head & remove whatever filament was inside.
  2. Clean out the pipes that carry the filament around, particularly important if the tubes are long or its a bowden 3d […]