Material and Extrusion Knowledge

The more you know, the better. Here you will be able to find articles that teach you more about processing your materials, working with additives, understanding technical data, and much more!

How to make a perfect spool of PLA

This article will guide you through all the tips and tricks to perfect your first spool of PLA, in this case the PLA 4043D that was supplied along with your Filament Maker!

TPU tips

TPU comes in different shore hardnesses and is generally difficult to extrude and 3D print.

Mixing additives: practical tips

Making composite filament comes with challenges. Being aware of the risks and having a plan will increase your success chance.

H1 takes more time to heat up

The Filament Maker's H1 is thermally slower than the other heaters. Knowing why is important.

PEEK extrusion warnings and tips

PEEK is not necessarily difficult to extrude, only if you have access to the right equipment and tips.

Why is PP difficult to extrude ?

PP is a difficult material to extrude because it tends to shrink ovally.

Why is HDPE difficult to extrude ?

HDPE is a difficult material to extrude because it tends to shrink ovally.

Material selection – Choosing the right polymer

Properties and processability should both be taken into account when selecting your 3d printing material.

DIY build your own fumehood

Additives enhance certain properties of the polymers. Only basic understanding of extrusion is required to process these composite filaments.

Mixing inert additives homogeneously

Additives enhance certain properties of the polymers. Only basic understanding of extrusion is required to process these composite filaments.

Additives & Composites (Vol. 1)

Additives and composites bring even more diversity on a market already full of polymers. Yet these remain simple concepts accessible to anyone. Read the first part of this really interested topic and see for yourself!

Additives & Composites (Vol. 2)

Additives enhance certain properties of the polymers. Only basic understanding of extrusion is required to process these composite filaments.

Intro – What is Extrusion (Vol.1 Polymers)

In these series of articles we will get the fundamental knowledge about extrusion starting from an introduction to Polymers.

Intro – What is Extrusion (Vol.2 Extrusion)

In the second part of Introduction articles about extrusion, we try to explain with simple words, what exactly is extrusion, what happens to the materials when we extrude them, amd how an extruder machine works!

Technical Datasheet Walkthrough (1/3)

In the series of "Technical Datasheet" articles, we will try to focus on a rather simple but also important topic, that of the technical specifications that comes with any polymer out there.

Technical Datasheet Walkthrough (2/3)

In the second part of the series of the technical datasheet (dts) articles, we will have a better look on the content of a DTS and which part of it is relevant for the extrusion.

Technical Datasheet Walkthrough (3/3)

In the third and the last article of the technical datasheet articles, we will go one step further, explaining and giving specific examples on how to transfer the information you got from your TDS document to your filament maker settings.

Getting started with extruding your material

Are you in the mood to extrude? The following steps will take you through the whole extrusion journey, with crucial tips and warnings, so that you can use your Filament Maker to produce good quality filament of your own materials.
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