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

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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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Is heated bed required?

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Depends on what materials you want to print. Heated bed is optional for PLA, but for large model it is recommended to use heated bed at 40-60C +/- to avoid potential warping. For other engineering materials like ABS, PETG, Nylon, Polycarbonate and TPU, heated bed is required.

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What is suggested settings for Plas3D PLA?

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The common printing temperature range for PLA is 175C - 210C depending on the PLA forumla and printers. For Plas3D PLA, we suggest to start from 190C and adjust (+/-) accordingly. You can also print a temperature tower to find the best settings for your printers and filaments.   Click here to download the STL file for Temperature Tower

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Is PLA toxic?

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Polylactide (PLA) is a biodegradable and bioactive thermoplastic aliphatic polyester derived from renewable resources, such as corn starch (in the United States and Canada), cassava roots, chips or starch (mostly in Asia), or sugarcane (in the rest of the world). It has relatively low flammability and smoke generation. PLA quickly became one of the most popular materials for 3D printing due to its ease to use and non toxic properties. It is a renewable and compostable material. In solid form, PLA is not toxic. In fact, Polylactic Acid (PLA) is biodegradable. It is often used in food handling and medical...

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What is PLA+ or modified PLA? How is it different than regular PLA?

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In general PLA+, depending on the brand, is a mixture of other plastics or plasticizer to help improve upon the weaknesses of regular PLA like brittleness and moisture absorbing. However PLA+ / modified PLA may require higher printing temperature due to whatever added during the manufacturing process. There is no definite answer if PLA+ is better than PLA or vice versa. Some customers like PLA and hates PLA+ while some prefers PLA+. It all depends on your application and preference.   Based on our experience, we would recommend regular (basic) PLA to users who are new to 3D printing as it is...

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