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High Temperature FDM 3D Printing for PEI, PEEK and other High Performance Polymers What You Need to Know

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Desktop 3D printers are mainly consumer or entry-level enterprise machines. They are usually made for prototyping and deskside use. Industrial 3D printers (Additive Manufacturing Machines) are used for manufacturing, usually in industrial settings. In Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM, also called FFF) a new category of high-temperature 3D printers is emerging which is fusing these formerly disparate groups of systems. These are high-temperature 3D Printers which are capable of manufacturing in high-performance engineering plastics such as PEEK and PEI.   What is a high-temperature 3D printer?  This category of machines is very new. There are many more people saying that they have a...

High Temperature FDM 3D Printing for PEI, PEEK and other High Performance Polymers What You Need to Know

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Turning a Desktop 3D Printer into a High Temperature Printer for PEEK and PEI

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Desktop FDM 3D printers are usually able to extrude material up to temperatures of around 280 C. At these temperatures prolonged use will degrade parts such as PTFE nozzle inserts or plastic parts in the build volume. At even higher temperatures stepper motors will fail, as will electronics. Build platform temperatures are also limited to around 100 C. Current generation desktop machines were conceived with filaments such as PLA and ABS in mind. Therefore it is completely sensible that they have been made to operate at the temperatures required for those materials.  A Lulzbot Taz repurposed as a PEEK and...

Turning a Desktop 3D Printer into a High Temperature Printer for PEEK and PEI

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