PLA Filament Oiler

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PLA Filament Oiler by Technidyne Aug 9, 2014
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This PLA oiler project was initiated as an exercise to improve my very limited Solid Works skills and as a very functional and practical accessory for my RoBo 3D printer.
It prints very well in PLA after being sliced with the Cura Engine at 25% infill and no support structure.
The oil storage / application medium is simply piece of foam or a cotton-ball. I use 100% Canola oil for lubrication.
The backside was designed with a tiny internal ridge and therefore remains open while retaining the inserted medium to facilitate easy re-oiling with just a couple drops when need.
BTW this happens to be my very first Thingiverse submission ....Enjoy!

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This is for 1.75 right

Do you leave it on constantly? If so doesn't the oil effect adhesion or something?

So, where do I actually put this thing?

Such an ANNOYING problem to have. Who the hell knew that you needed a lubricant to reduce the friction of the nozzle and the PLA. When I first got the printer about a couple weeks ago the prints were OK. Than with fine tuning and calibrating it myself I was able to get it to print really good on medium quality. Just when I thought that I could set it and forget it, turns out that is when I was running into the feed issues and shitty layers. Caught up on some threads and this topic of Canola Oil came into play and decided to give it a shot. HUGE DIFFERENCE IN PRINT QUALITY.

Long story short, great design and thanks for the upload!

how much oil is enough??

Just a drop or two of Canola oil works great. Repeat as necessary.

How do you like the robo?

Oh, this thing is AWESOME! ....best $700.00 I ever spent!

That was quick.

I'm just printing this now. Did you change the file? It looks different than the pic. Not a big deal. Just curious.

Nope! ....did not change a thing.

it works great. I forgot to post this earlier. For some reason the print came out with open sides which makes it easier to add oil.

lol did you not look at the stl before printing ha ha.

that's the weird part. the stl rendering looks the same on my end but the print produced something different. I'll post a pic later. For what is worth, the weird difference is actually very functional.