We Are Learning 3D Printing Through Our Personal Experience…
We’ve received a sample of the Magigoo 3D printing adhesive and were eager to try it out. Magigoo is supposed to work with both ABS and PLA materials as well as others and has been specifically designed to keep the 3D print firmly stuck to the bed while printing thus resolving the “first layer not sticking” problem. The idea of this product is to help the 3D printed part to stick while the build plate is hot and to allow the easily removed when the build plate gets cold. The 3D printing adhesive is intended to be used on surfaces such as glass or Kapton tape for example that usually do have some trouble with prints sticking to them well if you do not have a heated build plate. Magigoo is originally designed to be used with heated build plates, but it will also work on cold beds, though the effect might not be not be as good when you have a HBP available. We have tested it with a glass build plate and with glass with BuildTak on top of it with both cold and hot build plate using PLA and ABS filaments and we do plan to continue with ome more exotic filaments as well. Before starting the test we were actually most interested in the effect of Magigoo on BuildTak as this is so far the surface we have found to work best for our 3D printing needs.
The Magigoo 3D printing adhesive is very easily applied and you need to wait a bit for it to dry out on the surface before you start printing, if you are using a heated build plate it can dry even faster than on cold bed. On glass it works great with both PLA and ABS, even printing multiple times without reapplying more Magigoo after each print and you still get good results. The 3D printing adhesive works great for PLA on cold build plate – sticks well and is easily removed, but using ABS on cold plate still leads to warping of our test prints, although the prints have a bit less warping. The temperatures we used for the heated build platform was 50 degrees Celsius for PLA and 100C for ABS and with these settings Magigoo worked great – the printed parts stick very well and are then very easy to be removed.
With BuildTak covering the glass surface we have experienced interesting results. Magigoo works well in general, but not as good on glass. When we try to remove the 3D printed model it detaches with all of the Magigoo that was applied on the BuildTak surface and is not so easily removed as from glass, but it is still easier to remove as compared to when using BuildTak without Magigoo. Still the good thing is that using Magigoo on BuildTak still helps a bit to make removal easier and to reduce the wear level of the surface, one of the biggest issues it has due to the too good sticking properties that the BuildTak has.
In short, we are happy with the results that the Magigoo 3D printing adhesive provides in helping 3D printed parts to stick better on surfaces such as glass where they may have trouble sticking well on and then making it easier to remove the finalized parts from the build plate. If you are using BuildTak as a print surface you already should have great adhesion, so Magigoo won’t help in that, and due to the good adhesion the removal of 3D printed parts from BuildTak even with Magigoo is still not that easy as when using glass. The greatest problem we still have with BuildTak surfaces is that they wear off and can be easily damaged while trying to remove larger objects that stick too well on the surface and thus you end up having to buy more often new build surfaces. So if you are using BuildTak, the Magigoo is probably not going to be very useful for you, but if you use glass or Kapton tape then the 3D printing adhesive might be a great addition to your 3D printing tools, making your life easier.
Magigoo is already available for order and you can purchase an applicator bottle containing the 3D printing adhesive that should last for over 100 prints for a price of 15 Euro without VAT and get it shipped Worldwide to you for additional 5 Euro. There is also an option for a more expensive express shipping within the European Union available.
The Micro 3D Printer looked like one of our favorites for a compact and affordable solution that should be a great choice for a first 3D printer to get started, so we have ordered one and have been using it for some time. We are now ready to share some feedback based on our experience with the device and the reason why we have decided that we need to move on and continue our search for a better solution. When the M3D printer arrived we were surprised on how small actually is the device, yet it was fully functional and offered a decent size for printing parts. The printer also had some nice and interesting ideas implemented such as the auto calibration/leveling apparently based on an accelerometer in the print head. Or the ability to work with smaller filament spools that fit inside as well as with regular filament fed to the printer trough an external inlet. The fact that the M3D printer has a pretty affordable price of $349 USD and you can have it shipped internationally along with everything else definitely attracts user’s interest.
The software of the printer has been in constant development and while it lacks some more advanced features it supports all the basic things you need along with some advanced controls available to users. Initially you did not have a choice of alternative software, but it seems that Simplify3D has added support for the device, though we no longer have the printer to test with that alternative 3D printing software that we like and use for quite some time already. So if you need more advanced software than the default one you might want to go to Simplify3D, it should have it all covered for more advanced users. What we did not like that much initially about the M3D printer is the fact that it uses a lot of custom parts that were initially not available as spare parts, such as the BuldTak build plate surface cover or spare parts for the extruder etc, though now some of these are being sold as spare parts.
Regarding the usage of the device, it works pretty well, although a bit slow, but the thing that we were least happy with was the level of quality it produced. You can say that we are a bit biased about the level of quality and kind of expected too much, the resulting prints do look quite good, but if you have used a larger and more serious 3D printer already you might not be too happy from the results. If the M3D is your first 3D printer than you will probably be Ok with the level of quality you will be getting, though we have not seen that much improvement when going to the higher levels of detail. There are also some things that you need to get familiar with when using the device, such as the fact that it is designed to be used with rafts when 3D printing a model. It is a software specific, you can still print without a raft, but the base of your 3D printed model will not end up all nice and smooth.
In short, the M3D printer is a decent choice for a first 3D printer to get you started, especially nice for kids that are interested in 3D printing, but it is just the first step. If you decide that you want to continue in the world of 3D printing after the first step that the M3D might provide you with, then you would probably quickly want to go for something more serious and get a larger and much better 3D printer. We already got rid of the Micro 3D printer after playing a bit with it and will continue our search for even better affordable solution that could be a great choice for getting started in the world of 3D printing.
The filament maker Polymaker has announced a new line of Polycarbonate-based filaments for extrusion-based desktop 3D printers called Polymaker PC. The first two members of this new material family are Polymaker PC-Plus and PC-Max, which have been formulated and engineered to bring polycarbonate to the Extrusion-Based Desktop 3D printers. They have achieved this by lowering the printing temperatures from 300 – 320ºC down to a moderate 250 – 270ºC, and significantly improving the warping resistance. Polymaker PC-Max further offers advanced mechanical properties—toughness, in particular—making it suitable for mechanically demanding applications.
Some of the key advantages of Polymaker PC compared to existing 3D printing materials are:
– Heat Resistance: Unlike projects made with PLA or ABS material, those made with Polymaker PC will withstand temperatures of well over 100ºC. This makes it ideal for lighting, engineering, and practically any device or part that requires good structural stability when exposed to heat.
– Excellent Mechanical Properties: being one of the most widely used engineering plastics in the world; PC has an excellent reputation for mechanical properties. Polymaker PC inherits these qualities while being fully compatible with desktop 3D printing. Parts made with Polymaker PC show much improved mechanical strength under almost all different deformation modes. Polymaker PC-Max further provides excellent impact resistance and toughness.
– Post-Processing Capabilities: Polymaker PC can easily be post processed by sanding, coating, or other methods to suit the users’ functional needs.
– Additional functional properties include intrinsic flame retardance, optical clarity, and resistance to chemicals and solvents.
The Polymaker PC-Plus filament should be available for ordering starting next month (October) in 1.75m and 3mm versions on 750 gram spools with Transparent color as the only option for now and with a price tag of $39.99 USD. The Polymaker PC-Max should be available before the end of this year and there is not yet information regarding the price of that filament.