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johnbentcope

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Re: Squishy prints!
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2013, 09:25:29 PM »
now that has some good practical uses! makes me want to buy a 3d printer....


delta maker ... or ultimaker..... 
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Re: Squishy prints!
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2013, 10:02:32 PM »
Printable tank treads. Awesome

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Re: Squishy prints!
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2013, 09:48:04 AM »
Oooh, someone handy with OpenSCAD could model up a vector importer and make tileable tank tread pattern scripts.
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Re: Squishy prints!
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2013, 10:33:11 PM »
Soft PLA is very hard to print with. You have to slow the print speed way down. Also, printers with bowden tube extruders (deltamaker and ultimaker both use bowdens) will have a tough time getting retraction working properly. Granted, this is all third hand information as I have never personally tried to print with flex PLA.. I should get some to try...)
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Re: Squishy prints!
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2013, 11:51:14 AM »
How does it compare to printing nylon? From what I've seen of your prints, tank treads would be very durable.

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Re: Squishy prints!
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2013, 07:32:02 PM »
nylon has a different set of problems. it is very strong but less "rubbery" than soft PLA. The main problem with nylon is getting it to stick to the bed. My understanding is that soft PLA strings very badly if you don't slow your print speed way down. And there's the retraction issue due to the squishy nature of the material.

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Re: Squishy prints!
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2014, 12:19:27 PM »
Another source...
http://recreus.com/