Our Flex EcoPLA Natural is a revolutionary new flexible 3D printer filament, which is part of our EcoPLA Range. Our Flex EcoPLA filament is a flexible PLA filament which is available in Black and Natural and comes in 1.75mm and 3mm diameter.
Flex EcoPLA filament is a rubber-like 3D printer filament which allows you to print flexible objects, such as rubber machine parts, soft toys, flip-flops, and other rubbery items. Flex EcoPLA opens doors to a whole new field of application when it comes to desktop 3D printing. It's up to your own imagination what you would like to create and print. Flex EcoPLA is a flexible PLA 3D printer filament with a Shore hardness of 45D.
Our Flex EcoPLA filament has a much lesser carbon footprint than typical co-polyester 3D printer filaments. This flexible PLA filament offers up to 50% lower carbon footprint than traditional co-polyester materials. Next to this, the complete process from sourcing the chemical recipe to the actual extruding of the Flex EcoPLA filament is being done in the Netherlands. This reduces the "travel distance" of this material significantly, meaning that less fossil fuels are being used to get this material into our warehouse.
Main differences between PLA and Flex EcoPLA filament - The main difference between "normal" PLA filament and Flex EcoPLA flexible PLA filament is that normal PLA is rather stiff, where Flex EcoPLA _ as its name implies _ is very flexible. When stressed normal PLA will break. Our Flex EcoPLA flexible PLA filament will not break when stressed. It will bend in every direction, but it will definitely not break!. We dare you to try to break it.
Flex EcoPLA Flex Natural filament has a great roundness and very tight diameter and ovalidity tolerances. This flexible PLA 3D printer filament is spool-wrapped on a polystyrene plastic spool with 500 grams of filament.
Filament Net Weight: 0.5 Kg 2%
Spool Size (D x h): 200 mm x 55 mm
Spool Hub Diameter: 52 mm
Carton Box Size (L x W x H): 220 mm x 220 mm x 70 mm
Max. Total Weight of Packaged Spool-Wrappped Filament: 0.99 Kg
Please see below table for the technical specifications of our Flex EcoPLA flexible PLA 3D printer filament:
Material Flex EcoPLA Flex EcoPLA
Melting Temperature (10 C/min) 180 C 180 C
Density 1150 kg/m_ 1150 kg/m_
Tensile Modulus 95 MPa 95 MPa
Shore D Hardness (3s) 45 45
Diameter 1.75 0.05 mm 2.85 0.10 mm
Roundness deviation (max) 0.05 mm 0.10 mm
Print Temperature Guideline 210 C 210 C
It is recommended to lower your printing speed (compared to printing with normal PLA) when printing with Flex EcoPLA flexible PLA. The guideline for an optimal printing temperature is to print at approximately 210 C. Please do keep in mind that above are only guidelines and that every desktop 3D printer requires different settings for optimal printing results.
As Flex EcoPLA flexible PLA is a relatively new 3D printer filament we would like to receive as many feedback as possible with respect to user experience and optimal printer settings for as many desktop 3D printers as possible. We can then compile a "tips & tricks" document for a wide range of desktop 3D printers to share with our fellow 3D printing enthusiasts.
So, we would like to ask you to tweak around with your printer settings and please do share your experiences with us. We will be very grateful for your input!
3D Printing Facts, Tips, Tricks & Other Bottom of the Page Nuggets from MakerGeeks.com
What Temperature to 3D Print your Filament at?
While each 3D Printer is different and you will need to play around with the temps to get the best print here are some starter temps for you; these are all temperature profiles that are verified and confirmed print temps on the MakerGeeks.com 3D Printers (9 different machines from pre-built D3 and D4 to our own DIY custom Reprap printers) with the actual filament we sell to you... so they will get you 99% of the way there!
This one is a multi-faceted answer but here are the basics:
Your print bed has to be level!! I mean, spend some time on this one... if it isn't level like a... well... like something that's really level - then your print won't stick and it won't come out looking right.
Next... CLEAN, CLEAN, then RE CLEAN, have a sandwich and a soda-pop and then CLEAN again... use acetone and a lint free towel to make sure your print surface is clean and free from oils and dirt.
If you are having a hard time printing on glass try using some Kapton tape as that will give you a little better stick
If you have a heated print surface... TURN IT ON!! Even when the filament used might not call for it, I always turn on my heat bed (who doesn't like a warm bed!!); even if it's just 40c it will really help. For PLA normally you'll want about 60c and for ABS you'll want 110c
For ABS 3D Printing room temperature really matters... you need to keep your entire build warm; so if you can't print out in a warm room try putting a box over the printer to keep that build area as warm as possible.
Try making "ABS Juice" - just add some scrap ABS filament to a bottle of acetone and let it dissolve and then use that to clean your print surface as normal; the dissolved ABS will give your printer extra STICK OR you can use "Aqua-Net Super Hold" hair spray (must be this brand to work right)... just clean your board as always and then lightly spray the Aqua-Net on the print board and print away (this method is my favorite as it seems to work best for me!)
KEEP trying!! You'll get it and once you do have it dialed in then you have it forever... each printer is different; make sure you make notes of what works and what doesn't for each filament you use and each printer you have. So, in the future when you want to print out that EPIC "Yogi Bear" figurine in MakerGeeks.com Blue you know what to set up your GCODE for.
What is the main differences between PLA and ABS 3D Printer Filament?
The main difference between PLA filament and ABS filament is that ABS is produced from fossil fuels and PLA is derived from biological resources, which makes PLA plastic biodegradable. Check out this 3D Printing Filament Impact Test -- PLA vs ABS vs PETG vs Sledgehammer (click here to watch the videos)!! When it comes to 3D printing the key differences between ABS and PLA are:
PLA is a rigid liquid and ABS is a crystallized liquid, meaning that when heated ABS transits slowly from a gel to liquid and PLA transits direct from solid to liquid.
ABS is more flexible and PLA is more solid, meaning when stressed PLA will snap sooner.
PLA is more glossy looking consumable than ABS (see photos when selecting your material).�
Wow, you have a 1kg spool of filament... SO What! How much actual filament is that??
Big question of the day is... how long is a spool of 3D Printing Filament!? Hummmmm, I think even Blinky the wise old MakerGeeks.com owl might have a hard time with that question but never fear... we have the answer!!
... and what does that mean to me and you!! Well, check this out... if you are printing with 3.00mm filament for a iPhone case you need about 2,700mm of filament; for a EPIC Starship Enterprize Model you'll need about 12,000mm of 3D Filament and for a full Kossel 3D Printer Kit we normally use about 50,000mm of filament. Another way to look at it according to MakerBot is that 1 spool of 3D Filament produces about 392 full sized chess pieces. Whoa... that's a lot of chess!!
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