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Stainless Steel or other metal PLA filament

Postby Radioman1017 » 2015-Dec-Wed-12-Dec

Who has used any of these metal filaments and which work with the Printrbots? (I have a Simple Metal and Metal Plus.)

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Re: Stainless Steel or other metal PLA filament

Postby ktfergus » 2015-Dec-Wed-17-Dec

Hey Mark,

I haven't tried any of the metal infused filaments yet; I'm worried they might cause too much wear on the nozzle/hotend. However, I have tried Proto Pasta's "Conductive PLA" (which may cause extra wear as well, who knows? But I needed to use it for a stylus design). It works well with with my Simple Metal. I followed the recommendations & cranked up the print temp to 230C (basically treated it like ABS). Layer adhesion isn't the best, even with the higher temp, so I wouldn't use it for anything that's going to see a ton of stress. The only other downside is the fact that when you switch to a different filament, black residue remains in the hotend & discolors the new filament for at least the next 30 minutes of print time (even after using a cleaning filament).

I'm curious to hear if anyone else has experimented with metal filaments, as well. They sound promising, I just don't want my Simple to be the guinea pig.
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