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Filastruder Experiences?

Postby Jimustanguitar » Wed Nov 16, 2016 2:28 pm

Hey guys! I'm toying with the idea of building a filastruder, and wanted to hear feedback from others in the group. Is anybody making their own filament at home? I'm sure that it won't be the same quality as store bought / commercially made filament, but is it still pretty usable?

Should I buy a kit, or is it worth figuring out on my own?

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Re: Filastruder Experiences?

Postby Wes@MachWax » Fri Nov 18, 2016 8:15 am

Have you considered the grinding that would be necessary? Or did you plan on buying pellets of virgin material?

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Re: Filastruder Experiences?

Postby Jimustanguitar » Fri Nov 18, 2016 8:58 am

My intention is to just buy pellets and make 'virgin' filaments. If I could get a 50lb bag of natural material, and then find an assortment of colorants to make what I need on demand, I think that would be pretty cool.

I like the recycling idea, but I wouldn't do that to get started, and wouldn't expect to recover awesome materials from it.

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Re: Filastruder Experiences?

Postby Jimustanguitar » Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:03 am

For others who are researching this as well, here are a few of the machines that are out there... I'm strongly leaning towards just designing and building my own. Has anybody done this?

Filastruder https://www.filastruder.com/products/filastruder-kit
ProtoCycler http://www.redetec.com/products/protocycler/
Filabot https://www.filabot.com/collections/filabot-core
ExtrusionBot https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/16 ... -abs-pla-i
Strooder https://omnidynamics.co.uk/products/str ... ment-maker
Noztek http://www.noztek.com/product/the-nozte ... -printers/

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Re: Filastruder Experiences?

Postby bubbasnow » Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:09 am

I have two v1 of the filastruder, one for pla one for abs because changing between was a pain in the ass. put pellets in and with the correct setup printable material comes out. the consistence of diameter and color saturation is all upon the user. i do recommend the filawinder also because of the mess if you dont use a winder. if you like having exact colors, probably better to just buy the spool you want. the natural pla/abs looks good on its own and at $4 lbs its hard to beat.

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Re: Filastruder Experiences?

Postby Eric » Sat Nov 19, 2016 3:42 pm

What are good sources of abs/pla pellets? How large an order is required to get decent pricing?

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Re: Filastruder Experiences?

Postby Jimustanguitar » Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:40 am

Eric wrote:What are good sources of abs/pla pellets? How large an order is required to get decent pricing?

The filastruder forum has a stickey discussion on this. Having not gotten into it for myself yet, that's the best info that I'm aware of.
http://www.soliforum.com/topic/4195/polymer-suppliers/


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