What a spring season! In the Netherlands we’ve already been able to enjoy many sunny days with very high temperatures. Several heat records have been broken, and the summer hasn’t even started yet. For most people, the hot weather is a blessing, but for 3D printing the high temperature can pose an extra challenge. You might have already noticed this in the past weeks.
That the right temperature is very important with 3D printing needs no further explanation. The dddrop printers are equipped with a closed chamber, to limit the influence of the environment. But you can imagine that when the temperature rises, it might be necessary to produce less heat or even cool, to obtain the same result. Especially when your printer is situated in a room without air conditioning, this is something to pay attention to. Underneath you’ll find some tips to minimize the influence of external temperatures.
Change print bed temperature
When your printer is situated in a hot room, it can be useful to reduce the temperature of your print bed a little after printing the first layers. An example: when printing ABS, we usually advise a print bed temperature of 120 ºC. When the room temperature passes 25 ºC, it is advisable to change the bed temperature to 100 or110 ºC.
Ventilate with fans
Make sure that the fans at the back side of the printer are always on when you are printing at high temperatures. To cool some more, you can speed up the fan in the print head after the first layers have been printed and the print head is heated up. Change the fans –for instance- from 40% to 60%.
Not too hot, not too cold
When temperatures outside rise, we often want to cool the inside temperature. This could be a pitfall, because the room temperature might get too cold for the printer. The printer needs a warm surrounding to make sure that the models are printed stress free and smooth. The temperature cannot be too high either, because this makes the filament weak, causing it to get stuck in the wheel. At dddrop we recommend a room temperature (between 21 ºC and 24 ºC) for the best print results with the standard print settings.
Keep your ‘print head’ cool and enjoy the summer!
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