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.

AWAY FROM FURNITURE

Keeps your printer away from any flammable item.

STABLE AIR FLOW

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

CONSISTENT TEMPERATURE

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


PLA

Extrusion Temperature
200 to 220°C

Heated Platform Temperature
Not required, but ideal at 65 to 70 C

Print Speed
15 to 30mm/sec

Layer Thickness
0.05mm or above

Nozzle Size
0.1mm or above

Conditions
No restriction


ABS

Extrusion Temperature
250 to 260°C

Heated Platform Temperature
110 to 120°C

Print Speed
15 to 30mm/sec

Layer Thickness
0.05mm or above

Nozzle Size
0.1mm or above

Conditions
No restriction


Filastic Flexible

Extrusion Temperature
220 to 240 C

Heated Platform Temperature
110 to 120°C

Print Speed
15 to 30mm/sec

Layer Thickness
0.2mm or above

Nozzle Size
0.3mm or above

Conditions
Supple material (*see below)


Filaglow Glow-in-the-Dark

Extrusion Temperature
205 to 225°C

Heated Platform Temperature
Not required; but ideal at 70 to 80 C

Print Speed
15 to 30mm/sec

Layer Thickness
0.2mm or above

Nozzle Size
0.3mm or above

Conditions
Clean nozzle (*see below)


Filatron Conductive

Extrusion Temperature
200 to 220°C

Heated Platform Temperature
Not required, but ideal at 65 to 75 C

Print Speed
15 to 30mm/sec

Layer Thickness
0.2mm or above

Nozzle Size
0.3mm or above

Conditions
Clean nozzle (*see below)


reFilactive Reflective

Extrusion Temperature
230 to 240°C

Heated Platform Temperature
Not required, but ideal at 70 to 80 C

Print Speed
15 to 30mm/sec

Layer Thickness
0.2mm or above

Nozzle Size
0.4mm or above

Conditions
Supple material (*see below)

*Supple Material 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.

*Clean nozzle

Some materials are very aggressive and will wear your nozzle. It is suggested to clean your nozzle tip after every print to maintain your printer at top condition.

CARE FOR YOUR FILAMENTS

STORING YOUR FILAMENT

Please note that improper storage may damage your filament. To maintain its original quality, it's strongly recommended that the filament be stored in the following conditions:
- a dehumidifier cabinet or a dry and circulated area
- room temperature
- avoid direct sunlight or heat source

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.