Filament order

  • 1 abs Transparent Black and 1 abs glow in the dark. :)

  • I’ll go with a kilo of the white Hatchbox PLA

  • This is what a pretty dragon looks like.

    To print that we need green, yellow, orange, and red.
    lets get creative

    I’m looking for feedback on what colours of material the space should order. So far we are printing in black an white.

  • I wish we had a set up like that.

    I was only thinking of it as a personal order for myself. lolz

    If its for the space? I am sure more abs would be nice. Black maybe. Pla red and purple might be nice? Not the best colours … how about makerspace orange?

  • @Ron_Ron we’ve ordered that setup :)

  • oh coolz! :) :) :)

  • Here is the seacans website. They seem to be running low on ABS

  • How about a roll of soluble filament?

  • Design Lab

    @pierre, good call.

    I read a bit more about it, and it seems like everything around it is manageable. You make a very good point though, that it would be easier to manage on a separate unit rather than trying to include it into the main/multi-purpose printer.

    One of the biggest issues seems to be the fact that nylon is very hygroscopic (will suck water out of the air), but you can get around it by baking it at low temp in the oven, and storing in a sealed container with desiccant until use. I was even thinking of trying to make a hopper that kept the roll in a sealed box with a drying agent, and then just feed it to the printer through a little hole in a replaceable membrane for the print. This way you would only have to cut off a foot or two of filament for every print, and the rest of the roll would be guaranteed to be dry. So ya, this doesn’t make sense to do for anything other than a dedicated printer.

    I know this sounds like a lot of work, and there are other filaments out there, but hear me out!

    The reasons that nylon interests me so much are

    1. it makes extremely strong parts, and printing with it produces no odour (compared with other high strength ABS alternatives, where apparently this can be a sizeable concern).
    2. nylon is a pretty easy synthesis, and I would like to develop a workshop, or series of workshops on the chemistry of polymers. Plastic is everywhere, and the basic chemistry of it isn’t hard to understand, but is barely taught anywhere. Seriously, there wasn’t any courses available in my chem degree that focused on it for more than 1/3rd of one lecture.
    3. if we did synthesize it, then in theory, we could extrude/spool it on the super-duper-plastic-pooper.

    So yeah, none of this is relevant to the filament order for the current thread here I guess, and I will actually just copy and paste this post to its own thread (so please use that if you plan to reply), but I will still crosspost here because, why not? Maybe some etiquette/posting guidelines would help us manage this digital space (much like it would for our physical spaces). But ya, we don’t have it now, so I’ll still post here just to prove a point (and because I’m curious how many people have an intuitive understanding of forum etiquette. In fact, I’ll start a thread for that too, crosspost this in three locations, and see if people can figure out where the appropriate place to respond is. Admittedly, this is a poorly controlled study, and describing it as such here will certainly skew the results.

    Also the length of the post may prevent anyone from reading and responding to it as well, but lets see…

    Edit: @kile (9nov2017) Added links
    playing with nylons | forum etiquette

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