What you need to know about BotFeeder Filaments?

With countless hours of 3D-printing experience and an expert research and develop team in 3D-printer-filament, we will do our best to answer your questions.

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Who is BotFeeder?

Founded in 2012, BotFeeder is a self-owned brand of Liing Shian Colorant. BotFeeder is a brand of premium plastic filament for desktop 3D printer.

Who is Liing Shian Colorant?

Liing Shian Colorant Manufacturer Co., Ltd., a company that possesses 35 years of cumulative experiences in the field of pigments and chemical auxiliaries for plastics/rubber, deals with color masterbatches for all kinds of common and engineered plastics, thermoplastic elastomer and rubber; catering for requests of designated color matching in masterbatches production is part of the services we pride ourselves with. Additionally, our very own R&D team also supplies customized functional masterbatches (e.g. conductive compound, antistatic compound, and flame retardant compound … etc.) and develops special compounding materials.

Since foundation, our company motto has been “Innovative And Dedicated R&D”, “Ultra-Precision Production”, “High-Quality Control”, and “Excellent Product Service”. Hence, we shall continue down the path of such ideal by devoting ourselves into bringing more refined, if not advanced, products through the pursuit of renewed techniques and extensive research. Because to everyone here at Liing Shian Colorant, we believe the greatest honor can only be granted by recognition and support from all prestigious clients.

BotFeeder's vision?

A desktop 3D printer in every home.

BotFeeder's Mission?

To build a safer environment to enjoy 3D printing at school, office, and home.

Where is BotFeeder?

BotFeeder is headquartered in Taiwan and has branches around the world. Search a BotFeeder near you.

What are the advantages of using BotFeeder Filament?

Safety Measures:
- Pure grade raw material
- Lab-tested by SGS
- no toxic chemical additive or plasticizer added
- RoHS Compliance

Quality Measures:
- Diameter tolerance +/- 0.03mm
- Roundness tolerance +/- 0.05mm
- No bubble
- Minimal moisture content

Why does BotFeeder insist on making PURE PLA-filaments?

For those who carry the fundamental knowledge about PLA-materials, it's no easy feat to process PURE PLA-materials in filaments production, and particularly when it comes to controlling diameter of tolerance and roundness. Most filament products available on the market today are typically derived from MODIFIED PLA-materials, which are relatively simple to handle and process. And despite the odds, BotFeeder has managed to successfully produce PURE PLA-filaments after numerous attempts, as we're determined to let users decide what's truly best for them - to solely enjoy the creativity and ingenuity of what 3D-printing-technology may bring at no extra cost of health risks.

BotFeeder PLA-filaments are easy to use, and the prints, as a result, bear remarkably vivid and clear touch in colour. Please refer to BotFeeder 3D Print Gallery for illustrations.

Are BotFeeder filaments made in Taiwan from the ground up?

Aside from the fact that the PLA-resins are imported from renowned corp. in the U.S., everything else from the spools, raw and consumptive materials, to the packaging are all designed and made domestically in Taiwan.

What are the suitable desktop 3D printers for BotFeeder filaments?

As long as a 3D printer allows you to manually set the temperature of the extruder and heat bed to any temperature between 180 to 250 degrees Celsius and 0 to 100 degrees Celsius respectively. Such printer will able to work with BotFeeder ABS and PLA filaments.

BUYER QUESTIONS - ABS FILAMENT

What is the recommended temperature setting for BotFeeder ABS Filament?

Please refer to "starter temperature & printing guide".

Can I print BotFeeder ABS Filament without a heatbed?

No, printing with ABS material required a heated platform with a surface temperature of at least 95 degrees Celsius. If the temperature is not hot enough, the print would not be sticking well to the platform.

During a print job, does ABS-filament emit odor? And is it safe?

BotFeeder ABS-filaments are derived specifically from CHIMEI Corp.'s PA-747, which complies with the RoHS directive. It is not unusual for all plastics to emit that typical 'plastic' odor as they are melted at high temperature. And it is recommended to operate 3D-printers at a well-ventilated area.

Why do I see bubbles during an ABS print job?

When the processing temperature is set too high it could lead to bubbles formation, and it should be resolved by simply lowering the temperature.

What are the optimal temperature settings for 3D print job using BotFeeder ABS- & PLA-filaments?

For starters, the printing temperature and speed are correlated with one another for optimal print job. The melting points of the chosen ABS and PLA-materials are 220-250 and 180-210 degrees Celsius, respectively. Without the aid of cooling fans one may need to reduce the processing temperature for PLA-print-job. Additionally, materials of different makes more or less have variable melting points, and this difference could be further extended to scenarios wherein materials bear merely different product codes but of the same brand or when colors are the only perceivable difference; the range of the difference is between 5-10 degrees Celsius, so to speak. In short, as a general rule of thumb, the optimal printing temperature setting for any given filament needs to be tested and learnt. Needless to say, recalibration is a must for every time one makes a switch of the filament.

Why do I see smoke during an ABS-print-job?

It's likely that moisture exists either within or adhered to the filaments (or both) at the time when a print job is executed, and vapor or smoke is thus created when moisture encounters heat. It is recommended that filaments be allowed to dry (i.e. minimal relative humidity) in an electronic dehumidifier/damp-proof cabinet prior to performing a print job to avoid the occurrence in question.

P.S. Plastics are known for its water absorbent property (about 0.6% for ABS), though unnoticeable on the surface, the moisture found within will be converted into water vapor instantly as it comes into contact with a heat source.

BUYER QUESTIONS - PLA FILAMENT

What is the recommended temperature setting for BotFeeder PLA Filament?

Please refer to "starter temperature & printing guide".

How does one tell if the filament in question is indeed derived from PURE PLA-materials?

Referring to the PLA-materials from NatureWorks LLC that BotFeeder incorporates in filaments production as instance, the raw materials bear transparent physical appearance with a slight hint of yellowish tint, so naturally the PLA Transparent Colour which BotFeeder produces should carry parallel resemblance. Equally true is the known fact such that PURE PLA should emit quite pleasant, sugary smell when extruded; most likely from IMPURE PLA if otherwise, and particularly when pungent scent could be detected.

What are the optimal temperature settings for 3D print job using BotFeeder ABS- & PLA-filaments?

For starters, the printing temperature and speed are correlated with one another for optimal print job. The melting points of the chosen ABS and PLA-materials are 220-250 and 180-210 degrees Celsius, respectively. Without the aid of cooling fans one may need to reduce the processing temperature for PLA-print-job. Additionally, materials of different makes more or less have variable melting points, and this difference could be further extended to scenarios wherein materials bear merely different product codes but of the same brand or when colors are the only perceivable difference; the range of the difference is between 5-10 degrees Celsius, so to speak. In short, as a general rule of thumb, the optimal printing temperature setting for any given filament needs to be tested and learnt. Needless to say, recalibration is a must for every time one makes a switch of the filament.

Are PLA-materials really safe?

BotFeeder PLA-filaments comprise pigments and PLA-resins ONLY; without additives of any kinds. The pigments and resins chosen for the production are in full compliance with the RoHS directive. Moreover, PLA-materials are derived from corn starches which are environmental-friendly biodegradable substances. Furthermore, genuine PLA-filaments emit a hint of sweet aroma during a print job. Hence, when one picks up an acrid and unpleasant smell during the print job it's probably because the filaments contain some additives.

Why does PLA becomes transfigured when exposed directly under sunlight for an extended duration?

Since PLA itself may be easily transfigured at a temperature ranging from 55-70 degrees Celsius, it is therefore not difficult to imagine the kind of effect one may come to expect from the sun in the outdoors. In this sense, please do bear it in mind that all PLA-derived food containers should not hold foods or liquids at a temperature above 50 degrees Celsius.

Why is nozzle jammed during printing with PLA-materials?

Possible causes are listed below:

1 . Impurities in the filaments.
2 . Insufficient printing temperature to allow fully molten polymer passing through.
3 . If printer is equipped with pure metal nozzle, as pure PLA-material is known for its stickiness which makes feeding relatively difficult, having teflon tube installed should remove the problem.

BUYER QUESTIONS - FILASTIC FLEXIBLE FILAMENT

What is the recommended temperature setting for BotFeeder Filastic™ Flexible Filament?

Please refer to "starter temperature & printing guide".

What are the 3D printer conditions to print with BotFeeder Filastic Flexible Filament?

Since the material itself is supple, it is therefore required a special extruder structure.
a) Direct extruder setup. The material feeding stepping motor is stationed directly above the hotend, where the gap in between is at minimal (less than 5mm is recommended). This allows the material to exert its maximum thrust as the motor draws it in.
b) Bowden extruder setup. The material feeding stepping motor and the hotend is connecting with a bowden setup (Teflon tube). The inner diameter of the tube should be as close as possible to 1.85mm.

Please note:
- be aware that the feed gear should not squeeze too tight onto the filament.

BUYER QUESTIONS - COMMON ISSUES

Why do I see black dots in the extruded materials during a print job?

There are some known issues which could lead to black dots occurrence. For one, the filaments in possession may be of undesirable quality including impurity. All BotFeeder-filaments are produced under close monitoring and strict quality control procedures, so the chances of similar occurrence as the aforementioned should be rare. One other possible cause of black dots could be attributed to excessive processing temperature, namely burnt marks.

Why does disconnection (of melted filaments out of nozzle) occur during a print job?

Again, there are a couple of possible causes for the disconnection. It could be either that the processing temperature is insufficient which renders the filaments in incomplete melted state (i.e. clog) or the temperature is too high which melts the filaments prematurely within the barrel that leads to unsuccessful deposit through the nozzle. It could also be the extruder drive gear is not holding the filaments tight enough and scrapes the filaments as the gear is in motion, and the bits of materials that got scraped off end up filling the spaces between cogs which results in disconnection as the gear loses its grip on the filaments.

If both irregular pattern of lines/veins and broken lines are observable in the infill of a print, then it's likely that the melted filaments deposit through the nozzle is either generated insufficiently or at an unsteady rate.

If tiny cluster is spotted amid the melted filaments being extruded from the nozzle then, aside from impurity* as one logical explanation, it is most likely a result of incomplete melted filaments from inadequate processing temperature.

Note*: As stated from earlier, the chances of impurity found in BotFeeder-filaments are slim owing to our strict production procedures.

Do roundness and dimension of filaments have any effects on printing quality?

According to some studies conducted by 3D-printing-professionals, having near-perfect roundness (i.e. with tolerances close to zero) and consistent diameter throughout the entire length of the spool yields better quality prints. BotFeeder is striving to achieve such an ideal - while it's officially stated on our website that BotFeeder-filaments bear tolerances within 0.05mm when in fact a majority is well controlled under 0.03.

How come prints produced by other users are of higher quality and consistency comparing to my own?

3D-Printing itself is a technology which necessitates mastery and understanding of its design not unlike any other practices. To begin with, different 3D-printers yield variable precision results in prints, and the calibration by default are not the same either! In some cases, printers are not even fully calibrated at the time of purchase. It is, therefore, not difficult to imagine the kind of challenges an amateur may face for the sheer complexity involved in 3D-printing. The software, along with a printer's level of precision, calibration, speed, thickness of layering, temperature settings plus other fine adjustments will all take part in a print's resulting quality.

Why is printer stalled in the middle of printing?

It's virtually impossible for our filaments to become entwined at start in their mint and unopened packages. The most likely cause for the stalling is therefore attributed to leaving the loose end of the filament unsecured, and rendering it the chance to become looped and eventually a snag which ultimately hinders the printing. Always remember to secure the end of the filament by putting it through the hole/notch when not in use.

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