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3D Printer Materials Guide

3D Printer Materials Guide

Written by David

November 30, 2018

The two primary technologies used for desktop 3D printing are fused deposition modeling (FDM) and stereolithography (SLA). For those new to 3D printing, FDM technology feeds melted plastic filament through a nozzle that traces out a design one layer at a time from the bottom up. SLA technology, builds the layers of a print by curing resin with specific wavelengths of light. These two types of 3D printers use different materials for printing. FDM machines use filament and SLA machines use resin. If you are working with an FDM printer, you will use one of two sizes of filament: 1.75mm or 2.85mm. It’s very important to check which diameter of filament your 3D printer uses because using the wrong size will cause failed prints and can even damage your machine. Every FDM printer has slightly different characteristics so keep in mind the temperature, speed, and functional ranges of your […]

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