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FROM THE SPOOL — Printers

Maintenance is beneficial, if not crucial

Posted by Dan Mitchel on

3D printers are similar to cars, they require some maintenance.  Regular maintenance certainly helps to maintain the performance and perhaps prolong the life of the printer.  Everything gets worn out, gears, belts, nozzle, hotend, spring, everything.   If you notice your print quality is getting bad, print fails more often or other symptoms, perhaps it is time for a tuneup.  In Plas3D lab we test very batch of our filaments on different printers.  We find that regular maintenance helps our printers in good working order. Below are a few simple things we suggest to do regularly. Check if the frame is sturdy, if you have...

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What is the main difference between enclosed and open printer besides the enclosure?

Posted by Dan Mitchel on

Obviously one is enclosed and the other is open. Some open platform printers with heated bed can print ABS, though we have only printed with an enclosed printer due to emission and odor. Temperature and emission are main reasons why ABS and other engineering materials are suggested to print with an enclosed printer. Some 3D printers even have HEPA filter built-in to filter UFP emitted during printing.   Another difference is the price.  Enclosed printer is generally more expensive than an open printer with similar features.

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