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How to Use rigid.ink

PLA

rigid.ink PLA is made from the purest raw materials possible. This means there are no contaminents that melt at higher temperatures. Therefore, rigid.ink PLA prints at lower temperatures than other brands (something to watch out for with preset settings!). It is biodegradeable and the easiest to print with - perfect for beginners. Also, with the strength of rigid.ink PLA it is ideal for most non-functional parts.

Extruder Temperature:
Start at 180°C for 1.75mm, 185°C for 2.85mm. Do not increase higher than 210°C. The majority of PLA print problems are caused by printing too high. The main issue caused by this is a blocked nozzle as the filament overheats and crystalises.

Heated Bed Temperature:
Off - 45°C.
A heated bed isn't necessary with PLA. It can be helpful for better bed adhesion and initial layer adhesion, if this is something your printer struggles with.

Cooling Fans:
Run object cooling fan(s) at 100% after layer 1.

Printing Speed:
Normal printing speed around 30-40mm/s. For slower printing speeds you may need to print at a lower extruder temperature. For higher printing speeds you may need a higher extruder temperature.

Build Chamber:
Ensure an open build chamber. No doors or covers in place. Good ventilation is essential.

Bed Surface & Treatments:
PLA will stick to most things, at least initially. Below is a list of bed materials/treatments known to work, and any that do not.
Blue Tape (Decorators' tape) - Very good on unheated beds. Blue Tape is fragile. Easy to damage with a sharp object, and has a very limited lifespan.
Borosilicate Glass - Can be used when heated to 40°C. Must be kept scrupulously clean with Isopropyl or Acetone between each print.
FR4 - Can work for PLA but does require being heated quite high (45°C+) which can cause problems with your print.
Kapton Tape - PLA will stick well as long as the Kapton is cleaned between each use with Isopropyl. If using acetone to clean, be sure it is a very quick wipe as it can attack the yellow coating on the kapton.
PEI - PLA is not well suited to PEI, unless the surface is very rough and heated to 45°C.

PLA 1.75mm Product Page
PLA 2.85mm Product Page

 

 

ABS

ABS needs to be printed at higher temperatures compared to PLA. It is more susceptible to warping but with the right settings this shouldn't be an issue. You will need a heated bed to print ABS.

Extruder Temperature:
Start at 230°C for 1.75mm, 235°C for 2.85mm. Do not increase higher than 250°C. Be sure to start at the lowest temperature. The majority of printing problems are caused by temperatures being too high.

Heated Bed Temperature:
90-95°C.
A heated bed is necessary for ABS, however make sure it isn't too hot. Many other brands suggest higher heated beds. rigid.ink ABS glass transition temperature is around 105°C. You always want to be at least 10°C lower than the glass transition temperature, so no higher than 95°C.

Cooling Fans:
Off at all times. Cooling too quickly will cause ABS to warp and split.

Printing Speed:
Normal printing speed around 30-40mm/s. For slower printing speeds you may need to print at a lower extruder temperature. For higher printing speeds you may need a higher extruder temperature.

Build Chamber:
Ensure a closed build chamber. All doors or covers in place. Ideally a heated build chamber (~90°C). Good ventilation is still essential.

Bed Surface & Treatments:
ABS will stick to most things, at least initially. Below is a list of bed materials/treatments known to work, and any that do not.
Blue Tape (Decorators' tape) - Best on unheated beds but can work. Blue Tape is fragile. Easy to damage with a sharp object, and has a very limited lifespan.
ABS disolved in acetone - A coating of this 'ABS slurry' works wonders. It can also be sprayed/painted onto tape.
PVA/Glue Sticks - A thin, even layer will help with adhesion.
3DLAC - Our specialists favourite, works with most materials and is easy to use.

ABS 1.75mm Product Page
ABS 2.85mm Product Page

 

 

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