Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Keep your filament dry

I have some black ABS that has caused me TONS of grief – it kept clogging my nozzle.  I’ve cleared easily 20 nozzle clogs from the stuff and wrecked one entire hotend (about $80 worth) and done a lot of wear on two others.
Thanks to a friend’s suggestion, I seem to have solved this issue.  I put the stuff into the oven and baked it at 225*F for two hours.  I haven’t had any trouble with it since.
I suspect that the supplier does not have good environmental controls.  I’ve had trouble with other filament from this supplier which seems likely to have been caused by environmental issues as well (moisture or light damage)

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