3D Tips

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to 3D Print PETg – Recommended Settings

2019-02-21T12:10:54+12:00February 21st, 2019|3D Tips|

What is PETG 3D Printer Filament?

You must have heard about the excellent material called PET. Its most popular use is in Coca-Cola bottles.
Plastic Water jugs etc are also made of PET.

PET is very commonly used in food safe applications.
It is very strong, relatively rigid, & yet has excellent impact strength thanks to its inherent flexibility.

So what is PET – G 3d Filament ?

PET by nature is classed as a crystalline […]

3D Printing Quality vs Speed (or how to 3D print good parts)

2019-01-03T14:39:28+12:00November 8th, 2018|3D Tips|

How to 3D print strong & decent looking parts, fast –  using FDM technology

Once you start 3D printing, you will see that the machine and software allow you to control several aspects of the 3D Printing process. While it may seem that specific aspects of the process only apply to that one aspect, it’s actually quite the opposite. In fact, sometimes it can even be ambiguous, e.g. what exactly are […]