ColorFabb have a well equipped 3D printing studio with a lot of popular 3D printers. They know their materials will give you excellent results and to help you get these results here are tips and trick for using ColorFabb 2.85mm filament.
- Users using heated build platforms have quite a few options these days. The usual suspects are glass and aluminum build plates. For directly printing on glass or aluminum we advice user to apply glue-stick. A very thin layer will be sufficient to keep your print nicely in place. Another method is dissolving wood glue in water, the consistency of the substance can be quite thin, a bit like milk. By applying just a few drops and smearing this out before you start heating the built plate will create a very thing layer which holds the PLA/PHA down very well. If applying this method, be careful that you don’t get your electronics wet. Another method that works well with PLA/PHA ColorFabb 2.85mm filament is polyimide tape, or Kapton tape. This tape is available as a very narrow strip or very wide strips which allow you to cover the build plate in one go. When the tape is applied correctly it can last for months.
- Take your time leveling the bed and adjusting the the gap between 3D printer nozzle and build plate. A perfect first layer will is very important, especially for 3D prints with a large bottom layer. Having the nozzle set too close to the build plate will cause a pressure build up and as a result back flow in most hot ends.
- PLA/PHA ColorFabb 2.85mm filament has very minimal warping tendencies, however if your printing parts which take up the maximum of you buildspace you might see some warping. If it’s very important that your part is perfectly flat then we suggest you turn down the fan that is cooling your part. This allows the material to slowly get rid of heat without warping. After a few centimeters you can turn on the cooling if the part needs it.
*3D printers have lots of different types of hot-end which makes it extremely difficult to give any temperature advice. We feel our temperature advice holds for most 3D printers, but should be considered as a starting point for you to find the temperatures that work in you setup. Don’t be afraid to go either higher or lower then our advised temperatures if you feel your set-up needs this.