Starter Temperature & Printing Guide

A complete guide to get you start printing with BotFeeder 3D Filaments. This guide will provide you the manufacturer suggested temperature and printing conditions.

You need to tweak the printing settings for the best print results according to your desktop 3D printer and printing environment. To obtain optimal print results you should take into account critical variables like extrusion temperature, printing speed, and fan speed. Under normal circumstance, the tweak will be within a few degrees in temperature or a notch in printing or fan speed. You are always welcome to email us if you have any question.

For beginner, it is strongly suggested that you to print at a slow speed that we recommended. Be sure to take some notes along the way.

PRINTING ENVIRONMENT

AVOID HEAT

Locates your printer away from any heat sources like sunlight, heater, and air duct.

CONSISTENT TEMPERATURE

Maintains at room temperature with little or no fluctuation between day and night.

STABLE AIR FLOW

A room or area with minimum traffic and away from window and door.


BotFeeder Premium PLA

Extruder Temperature

200 to 220°C

Heated Platform Temperature

Not required, but ideal at 65 to 70 C

Print Speed

15 to 30mm/sec


BotFeeder Premium ABS

Extruder Temperature

250 to 260°C

Heated Platform Temperature

110 to 120°C

Print Speed

15 to 30mm/sec


BotFeeder Filastic Flexible

Extruder Temperature

220 to 240 C

Layer Thickness

0.2mm or above

Heated Platform Temperature

110 to 120°C

Nozzle Size

0.3mm or above

Print Speed

15 to 30mm/sec

Printer Conditions

Since the material itself is supple, it is therefore recommended to have the printer built with the stepper motor directly above the tube. This allows the material to exert its maximum thrust as the motor draws it in. The gap between the feeder gear and the tube should be minimal at best (< 5mm is recommended), and the diameter of the tube should be as close as possible to 1.85mm. Also be aware that the feeder gear should not squeeze too tight. Having just enough force to draw in the material will suffice.

It is of utter importance that the nozzle and the heated bed are kept at a distance as the preliminary layer is extruding. Failing to do so may result in bending of the material due to excessive resistance, and render the material unable to be drawn into the feeder successfully.

When the print is complete, allow the heated bed to cool down prior to removing the print. Attempting to remove the print while the temperature remains moderately high may cause distortions to the print.


BotFeeder Filaglow Glow-in-the-Dark

Extruder Temperature

205 to 225°C

Heated Platform Temperature

Not required; but ideal at 70 to 80 C

Print Speed

15 to 30mm/sec


BotFeeder Filatron Conductive

Extruder Temperature

200 to 220°C

Layer Thickness

0.2mm or above

Heated Platform Temperature

Not required, but ideal at 65 to 75 C

Nozzle Size

0.3mm or above

Print Speed

15 to 30mm/sec


BotFeeder reFilactive Reflective

Extruder Temperature

230 to 240°C

Layer Thickness

0.2mm or above

Heated Platform Temperature

Not required, but ideal at 70 to 80 C

Nozzle Size

0.4mm or above

Print Speed

15 to 30mm/sec

Printer Conditions

Since the material itself is supple, it is therefore recommended to have the printer built with the stepper motor directly above the tube. This allows the material to exert its maximum thrust as the motor draws it in. The gap between the feeder gear and the tube should be minimal at best (< 5mm is recommended), and the diameter of the tube should be as close as possible to 1.85mm. Also be aware that the feeder gear should not squeeze too tight. Having just enough force to draw in the material will suffice.

It is of utter importance that the nozzle and the heated bed are kept at a distance as the preliminary layer is extruding. Failing to do so may result in bending of the material due to excessive resistance, and render the material unable to be drawn into the feeder successfully.

When the print is complete, allow the heated bed to cool down prior to removing the print. Attempting to remove the print while the temperature remains moderately high may cause distortions to the print.

CARE FOR YOUR FILAMENTS

CHANGING YOUR FILAMENT

Get a good grip at the end of the filament at all times in order to prevent tangling. The spool holder is specifically designed with 2 holes of each side, allowing you to secure the end of the filament by threading into it.

IF FILAMENT GETS DAMP

Dry it slowly in room temperature. Please note that heat drying the filament will damages its quality by making it become brittle. The preferred method of drying your filament is to put in a dehumidifier cabinet or in an airtight bag with a few packs of desiccants. It's recommended to maintain a humidity level of 25% or less.