ABS is a strong and rigid filament that is commonly used for 3D printing. It stands for Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, and as its name implies, is produced by the polymerization (chemical joining process) of acrylonitrile, butadiene, and styrene. As ABS is produced from fossil fuels, it is not biodegradable and has a greater environmental impact than other filaments. If you are looking for an intermediate level printing plastic that is strong and durable, then look no further. You might want to grab an enclosure for your printer, though, as ABS is known to warp on larger prints.
Tips & Tricks for printing with ABS
The printing temperature range for this ABS filament is approximately 230°C to 250°C. To get a better understanding of your filament, we recommend you print a temperature tower model as one of the calibration models when you get your filament. This will give you the first-hand results you need to decide which temperature is best for you.
We find that this filament works well at 235°C with a PEI covered, heated bed at 110°C (100°C on longer prints, as you might get some discoloration in your prints). If you have any questions on best practices with this filament, leave a comment below and we will help you out!
It is recommended you use a heated print bed when printing it, as ABS has a tendency to warp whilst printing. Warping can make ABS difficult to print, so ensure you take some precautions to lower the chance of it happening!
As always, your first layer is the most importance when 3D printing. When printing with ABS there are a few things you can do to help with first layer adhesion.
- Print to a heated bed with a Polyetherimide (PEI or Ultem) covering. This will help your prints stick and minimise the chance of warping.
- If you have no PEI available, you can try covering your glass heat bed with hairspray. People have seen great results with hairspray adhesion.
- Similarly an mixture of ABS and Acetone can be used as an adhesive for your print bed.
- Short of all of the above, you can try a simple PVA Glue Stick.
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