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Future of 3D printing filaments

The next wave of development within 3dprint is not necessarily just about new printers and new technologies.

We should instead look a little closer to the filament, the consumable material that is used in a 3dprinter and extruded to all kind of things. I will look a little closer at the different filaments available and provide some small tips and tricks that I have over time found useful in dealing with 3dprint.

The 3D printing articles on Fullatech are all based on the Creality 3D CR-10 printer.

It is my hope you will make use of this small guide and try other materials and find new and exciting materials for your next creative project. Please leave a comment below about your own experiences.

Everyday new 3d printers are released on the market and that technology is being increasingly more advanced and specialized as time goes by.  Standard filament printers also known as FDM printers, achieves completely new results-what the print quality and Ease of use.

In addition, we also see that the printers are becoming more accurate and speeds are increasing – at the same time that items printed can be smaller and far more detailed than previously able to perform with a hobby/semi-professional 3dprinters.

As it appears now, limitations within 3dprint are not in the development of new printers and their technology, but probably more closely in the chemical restriction found in the filament material to be pushed through the machines. The constraint is that the filament should be melted to a liquid form, extruded through a little nozzle very precisely dosed and then cooled down again.

Most 3d printers today have a more or less advanced cooling system consisting of one or more small active fans, which in the best way, help the extruded material to cool down-however, there are limits to how much you can blow on a subject before it will become warped and deformed.

So how do we proceed?

Once you have agreed that 3dprint is not a fast technology and that it all takes time, you can open your eyes to the possibilities of the many different filaments/materials available on the market. This area is where there really is a great deal of development and where there is a real opportunity to work with creativity.

To print using “exotic” filament, there will often be special requirements for the machines you print on, the software used and not least the experience you have as a user. However, it is rare to see that it is not possible to print with other materials than what is typically recommended-maybe your own machine can even print with exotic material without you being familiar with it.

I use the Creality 3D CR-10 since it has a great community where problems can be discussed and newbies are offered valuable advise.

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