Exotic Filament Settings

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Exotic filaments frequently won't have a default profile and have wildly varying print settings. This is a consolidated list of manufacturer recommendations to act as a starting point for tuning. YMMV.

Ninjatek

Ninjaflex (85a)

Extruder Temperature: 225°C – 235°C

Platform Temperature: Room temperature – 40°C

Glue and/ or blue painters tape is suggested if not using a heated bed.

Print Speed:

Top and bottom layers: 10-20 mm/ sec (600-1200 mm/ min)

Infill speeds: 15-35 mm/ sec (900-2100 mm/ min)

Layer 2+ use cooling fan if available.

Eel (90a)

Conductive filament

Extruder Temperature: 220°C – 230°C

Platform Temperature: Room temperature – 45°C

Glue or blue painters tape is suggested if not using a heated bed.

Print Speed:

Top and bottom layers: 15-20 mm/ sec (900-1800 mm/ min)

Infill speeds: 45-60 mm/ sec (2700-3600 mm/ min)

Layer 2+ use cooling fan if available.

Armadillo (75D)

Extruder Temperature: 220°C – 230°C

Platform Temperature: Room temperature – 45°C

Glue or blue painters tape is suggested if not using a heated bed.

Print Speed:

Top and bottom layers: 15-20 mm/ sec (900-1800 mm/ min)

Infill speeds: 45-60 mm/ sec (2700-3600 mm/ min)

Layer 2+ use cooling fan if available.

Cheetah (95A)

Extruder Temperature: 230°C – 240°C

Platform Temperature: Room temperature – 40°C

Glue or blue painters tape is suggested if not using a heated bed.

Print Speed:

Top and bottom layers: 30-45 mm/ sec (1800-2700 mm/ min)

Infill speeds: 60-80 mm/ sec (3600-4800 mm/ min)

Layer 2+ use cooling fan if available.


Proto Pasta

CF HTPLA

Prusa MK3-specific, Carbon Fiber HTPLA process recommendations:

1st layer temp to overcome jamming on Prusa MK3: 255 deg C

Min temp to avoid jamming @ 9 cubic mm/s: approx. 240 deg C

Max recommended volume flow @ 240 deg C: 9 cubic mm/s

Min recommended volume flow @ 240 deg C: 1.5 cubic mm/s

Volume flow = extrusion width x layer height x speed in mm.

For example, 0.5 mm extrusion width & 0.2 mm layer height for speed 20-90 mm/s.


PC ABS

PC-ABS is moisture sensitive. Even when stored in a bag with desiccant, drying in an oven for ~ 1hr at 85C-95C may be required for bubble free high strength prints.

In our experience, good results are achieved when printing small parts at 270-290C on a heated bed at 110C up to 140C. For larger prints with good layer adhesion and minimal distortion, an enclosure is ideal.


Copper HTPLA

Particle size: less than 250 micron (0.25mm)

Speed: 10-20 mm/s 1st layer, 20-80 mm/s rest of part

Nozzle Set-point: 185-215C (hottest on 1st layer for best adhesion)

Nozzle Type: Standard or wear resistant for extended use

Nozzle Diameter: 0.6mm or larger preferred, 0.4mm okay with 0.25mm minimum for experts

Layer thickness: 0.15-0.20mm recommended for a balance of quality, reliability, and productivity

Bed Temperature: Room-60C (over 60C can worsen warp)

Bed Preparation: Elmers purple disappearing glue stick or your other favorite PLA surface preparation


Brass HTPLA

Particle size: less than 250 micron (0.25mm)

Speed: 10-20 mm/s 1st layer, 20-80 mm/s rest of part

Nozzle Set-point: 185-215C (hottest on 1st layer for best adhesion)

Nozzle Type: Standard or wear resistant for extended use

Nozzle Diameter: 0.6mm or larger preferred, 0.4mm okay with 0.25mm minimum for experts

Layer thickness: 0.15-0.20mm recommended for a balance of quality, reliability, and productivity

Bed Temperature: Room-60C (over 60C can worsen warp)

Bed Preparation: Elmers purple disappearing glue stick or your other favorite PLA surface preparation


Bronze HTPLA

Particle size: less than 250 micron (0.25mm)

Speed: 10-20 mm/s 1st layer, 20-80 mm/s rest of part

Nozzle Set-point: 185-215C (hottest on 1st layer for best adhesion)

Nozzle Type: Standard or wear resistant for extended use

Nozzle Diameter: 0.6mm or larger preferred, 0.4mm okay with 0.25mm minimum for experts

Layer thickness: 0.15-0.20mm recommended for a balance of quality, reliability, and productivity

Bed Temperature: Room-60C (over 60C can worsen warp)

Bed Preparation: Elmers purple disappearing glue stick or your other favorite PLA surface preparation


Steel PLA

This filament is more abrasive than standard PLA.

We frequently print using direct-drive systems with 0.4mm nozzles, though suggest 0.6mm and 210-230C for the best experience.


Iron PLA

Proto-pasta Rustable Magnetic Iron Metal PLA Composite is ferromagnetic.

This filament is more abrasive than standard PLA.

Prints easily like PLA with less nozzle wear than Steel or Carbon Fiber

We frequently print using direct-drive systems with 0.4 mm nozzles, though prefer 0.6 mm and 190-210C (standard PLA or a bit cooler) for the best experience.


Conductive PLA

Prints with standard PLA settings (or hotter) - no heated bed or special nozzle required

Taulman

Printing taulman3D Materials:

NOTE: For ALL Nylon based materials, users should turn "OFF" any fans that blow on the printed part unless it's a very small part of less than 10mm sqr. = Alloy 910, 618, 645, Bridge, PCTPE, 680 and 230

What is PVA? Where "PVA" is noted, we would define it in the USA as "Elmer's Glue All" white wood glue. Elsewhere, and standard White water soluble wood glue.


Alloy 910

Print temp = 250C - 260C

Nozzle = any size

Print speed = equivalent to ABS

Retraction = 3-4mm

Print bed = Hot = Glass heated to 45C with coat of PVA

Cold = BuildTak with coat of PVA

NOTE: Black Alloy 910 may appear to be Gray on the spool, however prints black.


Nylon 680

Print temp = 250C - 255C

Nozzle = any size

Print speed = equivalent to ABS

Retraction = 3-4mm

Print bed = Hot = Glass heated to 45C with coat of PVA Cold = BuildTak with coat of PVA


T-Lyne

Print temp - 185C to 220C - Smaller nozzles than .5mm can use a higher temp up to 235C

Nozzle - Larger = Better or easier to print.

Print Speed = 25mm/s Direct Drive and 18mm/s Bowden - varies from unit to unit.

NOTE: When T-Lyne is too hot, it will have lots of fine bubbles and a rough texture.

Print Bed - T-Lyne prints on most beds cold and heated beds to 40C


guidel!ne

Print temp = 245C - 252C

Nozzle = any size

Print speed = ABS speeds

Retraction = 3-4mm

Print bed = Hot = Glass heated to 45C with coat of PVA*

  • Elmers Glue All is suggested as it's considered food safe.

For Medical use, PEI sheet heated to 70C

NOTE: It is best "NOT" to let the bed cool to ambient, but only down to 35C in end of g-code.

This will reduce glass breakage


t-glase - all colors

Print temp = 238C - 245C

Nozzle = any size

Print speed = ABS speeds - slower for high detailed prints

Retraction = 3-4mm

Print bed = Hot = Glass heated to 45C with coat of PVA

NOTE: It is best "NOT" to let the bed cool to ambient, but only down to 35C in "end-of-g-code".

This will reduce glass breakage.


TECH-G

Print temp = 238C - 245C

Nozzle = any size

Print speed = ABS speeds - slower for high detailed prints

Retraction = 3-4mm

Print bed = Hot = Glass heated to 45C with coat of PVA

NOTE: It is best "NOT" to let the bed cool to ambient, but only down to 35C in end of g-code.

This will reduce glass breakage.


Nylon 645

Print temp = 250C - 255C

Nozzle = any size

Print speed = 80% of ABS speeds

Retraction = 3-4mm

Print bed = Hot = Glass heated to 45C with coat of PVA


BluPrint

Print temp = 275C - 285C

Nozzle = any size

Print speed = ABS speeds

​NOTE: BluPrint needs to be dry or it will default to a white-ish color.

Retraction = 3-4mm

Print bed = Glass heated to 110C or PEI heated to 110C


Nylon 618 - Now Obsolete - Please sub with Nylon 230

Print temp = 250C - 260C

Nozzle = any size

Print speed = 80% of ABS speeds

Retraction = 3-4mm

Print bed = Hot = Glass heated to 55C with coat of 100% PVA

Cold = Garolite Board


Nylon Bridge

Print temp = 250C - 265C

Nozzle = any size

Print speed = 80% of ABS speeds

Retraction = 3-4mm

Print bed = Hot = Glass heated to 45C with coat of PVA


Nylon 230

Print temp = 230C - 235C

Nozzle = any size

Print speed = 80% of ABS speeds

Retraction = 3-4mm

Print bed = Hot = Glass heated to 45C with coat of PVA Cold = BuildTak with coat of PVA


PCTPE

Print temp = 235C - 242C

Nozzle = any size

Print speed = 80% of ABS speeds

Retraction = 3-4mm

Print bed = Hot = Glass heated to 40C with coat of PVA Cold = BuildTak with coat of PVA