- Dec 02, 2018
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How to Print with BotFeeder PLA?
A complete guide to print with BotFeeder PLA
PLA (polylactic acid) is an stronger version of our Original PLA. High performance at a low cost. Also it passed the high safety standard. The following is everything you need to know about printing with BotFeeder PLA.
Note: The information provided here applies to BotFeeder PLA, similar quality cannot be guaranteed with third-party filaments.
BotFeeder PLA can be printed on most 3D printers as a single material.
Compatible brand not limit to the following:
Can be printed with all nozzle sizes from 0.10 to 0.80 mm.
BotFeeder PLA prints at moderate temperatures, mostly around 200-220 °C, depending on the selected nozzle size and print profile. Profiles for the 0.25 mm nozzles use a slightly lower temperature though, and the 0.8 mm profiles require a higher temperature.
For the build plate, a temperature of 65 °C is used for heated build plates, but it is also possible to print PLA on a cold build plate using the blue tape.
BotFeeder PLA can be printed at resolution 0.05 to 0.80 mm. At ultra-fine resolution, 0.05 mm, it might be beneficial to tune down the temperature to 195 C toward the end of your print.
The printing speed of BotFeeder PLA range from 30 to 90 mm/sec. General rule of thumb, the slower the speed better the quality.
PLA usually adheres well to the heated glass plate, but for the best results it is advised to apply a thin layer of glue (included in the accessory box of your 3D printer). If you’re using a printer without a heated build plate or if you want to print on a cold build plate (e.g. for printing overhangs close to the build plate), we recommend using blue tape for adhesion. As an alternative adhesion method you can try adhesion sheets, although the methods mentioned above are usually sufficient.
Printing brim is suggested to provide optimal adhesion on the first layer. A brim is made of extra lines printed around the perimeter of the initial layer of your 3D print to ensure a successful adhesion to the build plate.
Once the 3D print has finished, do not remove it while the build plate is still warm. This can result in deformation of the base of your print.
To avoid stringing print, retraction should be turn on. BotFeeder PLA prints better with longer retraction distance. Typically 4.5 mm @ 100 mm/sec, no prime.
Support structure is required when printing a model that has overhang angle of 50 degree. Increasing the density of the support structure improves the quality of the underside, but often time it is too hard to remove the support.
For model required extensive supports, it is recommended to use NEO-PLA or PVA.
OUR PRINT SETTINGS
This profile is optimized based on UFO 3D Printer. A good reference point of where to start.
3D printer type: delta
Nozzle size: 0.30 mm
Resolution: 0.10 mm
Extrusion temperature: 200 C
Print bed temperature: 65 C
Print speed: 65 mm/sec (default speed)
Adhesion type: brim
Retraction distance: 4.5 mm
Retraction speed: 100 mm/sec
Support infill: 15%
Support pattern: zig zag
Support Angle: 50 degree
Dense support layer: 2
Dense Infill: 60%
Upper separation layer: 1 to 2 (or 0.20 mm)
Lower separation layer: 1 to 2 (or 0.20 mm)
PLA is an easy-to-print material and therefore does not require additional accessories to create a stable printing environment.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
BotFeeder PLA emits a low level of gases and particles when 3D printed in accordance with the recommended temperatures. To ensure a comfortable and healthy working environment, we recommend 3D printing in a well-ventilated area.
For more information, download the safety data sheet for BotFeeder PLA here.
Tricks & Tips
- Extrusion Temperature: 200 to 220C
- Print Bed Temperature: 60 to 70C (optional)
- If you are printing white at 200C, black will require ~5 degree more.
- Metallic should be printing with black setting.
- Transparent needs the less energy to extrude.
- Retraction settings: 4.5 mm @ 100 mm/sec.
- Let print bed cool down to room temperature before removing your print.
- Works great on glass platform, PEI, blue tape, buildtak, and kapton tape.
- Adhesion solution: hair spray, ABS juice, and glue stick.
- Can be printed without heated print bed.
- If wrapping occurs, print using raft.
- First layer usually 5 to 10 C higher than subsequent layers.
- First layer usually print at 35mm/sec or slower.
- PLA absorbs heat and so benefits from additional active cooling.
- PLA adsorbs moisture. Un-used spool should store in container or plastic bag.
- Use sandpaper to smooth out the print.
- Can be painted with acrylic without post processing.