External materials: PLA


#1

Let's share brands and settings in this thread!


#2

colorfabb pla, 190deg [could be doing with 180 for better raft removal], need to treat bed for decent adhesion, 1mm retraction. perfect prints, raft & support removal [at 180]. Bed temp at 30 deg.


#3

MeltInk PLA+PHA - 205-210 °C


#4

colorfabb pla, 190deg [could be doing with 180 for better raft removal], need to treat bed for decent adhesion, 1mm retraction. perfect prints, raft & support removal [at 180]. Bed temp at 30 deg.

how about hotend lifetime? 


#5

I'm very successful with Z-PLA from Zortrax... love it... no warping and stronger than Z-PCABS... and 800g only 15$... great ;)


#6

a comprehensive list of materials (Materials Guide) can be found on z-temp.co. For some materials another Hotend might be needed to print them.

how about hotend lifetime? 

A good quality hotend can be easily refurbished with some maintenance (PFTE tube and nozzle change). It lives virtually forever.


#7

Photoholic : did I miss something, I can't find any Z-PLA in the store !! It's probably a joke ... :huh:


#8

Anyway : Perfect results with PLA-PHA from ColorFabb : 210°C, on a bed glass, without any raft (take a look at z-temp.co)


#9

I'm very successful with Z-PLA from Zortrax... love it... no warping and stronger than Z-PCABS... and 800g only 15$... great ;)

What is this Z-PLA you speak of and where can i get it?


#10

What is this Z-PLA you speak of and where can i get it?

I'm really sorry but it was really just a bad joke... but it would be great...a PLA that prints so nice like Z-HIPS but without deforming was my wish...


#11

I'm really sorry but it was really just a bad joke... but it would be great...a PLA that prints so nice like Z-HIPS but without deforming was my wish...

Now we have external materials support... do you not have your wish?


#12

colorfabb pla, 190deg [could be doing with 180 for better raft removal], need to treat bed for decent adhesion, 1mm retraction. perfect prints, raft & support removal [at 180]. Bed temp at 30 deg.

What do you treat the bed with for PLA . Isopropanol, bluetape?


#13

Now we have external materials support... do you not have your wish?

No I don't... because I can't use it the way I like... we need much more option... I need a larger gap between bed and nozzle for initial layer of raft, I want to change the gap between raft and print, I want to play with the flowrate etc...

Actually I don't want to use z-temp tools, raftaway, g2z, 3rd party slicers but the Zortrax ecosystem... I would print everything with Z-whatsoever because that works best for me... but at the moment there's no material with really low shrinkage like PLA... 

So no... I don't have my wish...


#14

..So my first try with PLA results in slipping of the gear. But why? It's 1.75mm by calipers. Colorfabb Ngen also slip.


#15

..So my first try with PLA results in slipping of the gear. But why? It's 1.75mm by calipers. Colorfabb Ngen also slip.

it's most probably the backlash from a too low initial nozzle height. Just read the whole thread here, it's explained that you should use a shim or other tools. 

Edit: the shim thing I did actually explain here: http://forum.zortrax.com/index.php?/topic/2929-z-suite-1100-external-materials-feedback/?p=31529


#16

Anyone care to share prints in PLA? Also, how has the print quality been?


#17

Here is a few of the PLA brands and my settings using the Z-Temp module and my air injection system to cool the feeder gear to print the PLA.

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#18

how do you print with z pla because I bought a new hotend to dedicate to it and it has huge extrusion issues when trying to build raft. I’ve never got past the raft stage. I have tried everything zortrax has on there website. we print mainly using ultrat and z glass which print perfect so i don’t think there are any issues with out printer itself. Any help would be great.

cheers


#19

Hi,

  1. Have you tried to change the platform - raft gap in Z-SUITE?
  2. Do you use Z-PLA PRO or some external PLA?
  3. Have you levelled the bed?
  4. What version of Z-SUITE do you use? Please pass me the zcode and stl files

Kind regards