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Flexible PLA test

by swepet, published

Flexible PLA test by swepet Jan 17, 2013

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Testing flexible PLA. Tank tracks, wheel with tire, and a flexible joint.
youtube.com/watch?v=bB5L_JHyoNg

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i have not tried printing with this, but i think using corn starch might be better than oil. maybe someone can try that. just food for thought.

Printing with Nylon won't have the same effect?

Sorry about the tank track, i must have messed up the bottom inner circle when i cleaned up the file before uploading it.. I have uploaded a fixed version now, just printed it and now it works.. The oil was a successful act of desperation :-)

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Flexible PLA is an amazing material, useful for a lot of things :-)

This is just some test pieces i did to test what is possible to do with flexible PLA.

The first tanktrack i uploaded was bad, i have fixed it now, sorry about that !



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chashubert on Mar 8, 2014 said:

i have not tried printing with this, but i think using corn starch might be better than oil. maybe someone can try that. just food for thought.

Patola on Sep 17, 2013 said:

Printing with Nylon won't have the same effect?

Daid on Jan 22, 2013 said:

Tried to print this. Prints came out pretty good (will publish Cura profiles soon).

But the tank track won't fit at all. It seems to be too short to fit...

Daid on Jan 22, 2013 said:

(Btw, your oil trick did wonders)

swepet on Jan 19, 2013 said:

Nice page, I will put a review up there (in a couple of days).

yzorg on Jan 19, 2013 said:

can you share the print settings you used? maybe share me the .ini file if you like.

i have a roll of soft PLA from ultimaker but i couldnt get it to extrude properly yet. it is so soft it wil form a snake shape in the bowdentube and creating a unbeleavable friction... printing at 10% speed.

casentim on Jan 20, 2013 said:

I have the same issues. Bought a roll of flexible PLA from the Ultimaker shop but can't seem to get it to extrude properly. Even at low speeds and high temperatures it just grinds away while extruding close to nothing.

I print on rubber canvas and flexible PLA melts right onto it and doesn't release while regular PLA adheres nicely and creates nice smooth surfaces.

swepet doesn't oil give fusing problems between layers or other difficulties? I don't like the idea of contaminating my bowden with oil.

swepet on Jan 19, 2013 said:

I printed using Cura default settings but at 20% speed... I had that problem also, I put oil on the filament before I drove it into the Bowden tube, then it worked :-)

Anonymous on Jan 18, 2013 said:

This is very exciting. I've just gotten some Nylon, and it is promising - it prints well and the objects are flexible and nearly indestructible, with the caveats that (1) it really wants to warp, and (2) nothing else sticks to it.

So, if flexible PLA gives the same flexibility but has the same printability as PLA (warping, sticks to other PLA) that would be awesome.

swepet on Jan 19, 2013 said:

I think will stick good to surface and other PLA, and so far I have noticed none warping. I have heard nylon is very dangerous, that the fumes can kill you.. ?

charlespalmer on Jan 18, 2013 said:

are you printing on painter's tape? I've been having some problems getting my models to stay fixed to the platform.

swepet on Jan 19, 2013 said:

Yes blue painters tape, but not all brands work. Out of four different brands I tried only one worked good, eurocel

MichaelAtOz on Jan 18, 2013 said:

e34.00 + e28.00 shipping to Oz for 0.75Kg, will be a while before I will be using it...

Bschulth on Jan 17, 2013 said:

I thought I would have to upgrade my extruder to run nylon if I wanted something flexible, but this could be just the ticket. Does anyone know of a source here in the States for 3.00mm Flexible PLA? Boy does this open a pandoras box with a 2nd extruder and a flexible material. Does it heat bond to regular PLA or would I need to design in mechanical features to dual extrusion designs?

swepet on Jan 19, 2013 said:

I think it will bound to regular PLA, it feels very sticky when hot. I have heard nylon is very dangerous.

GregFisk25 on Jan 17, 2013 said:

Will this work on a Replicator 2?
Where do you get it?

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