PLA vs ABS | What’s the Difference for 3D Printing?

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  1. Hello everybody! I´ve some questions regarding 3D printers
    Can you print your own transformers or action figures with ANY 3D printer or do you need an especific type of printer?
    What´s the best material to use if you want solid toys: ABS or PLA?
    How solid is going to be the toy? Like Hasbro´s solid, like a Lego´s brick or is going to be like a really cheap plastic?
    Do you need to sand the pieces or they´re already smooth as soon as they leave the print?
    What´s the best software to use to create toys for 3D printing?
    And how durable is going to be the toy? Is going to break as soon as it hits the floor?

  2. Isn't PLA also alot safer and better for the environment and without the harmful chemical smell while printing that ABS and other plastics emit? It's made from renewable and biodegradeable corn starch, no? I feel that's also an important distinction.

  3. PLA (Polylactic Acid) is one of the two most commonly used desktop 3D printing filaments (with the other being ABS filament). It is the "default" recommended material for many desktop 3D printers, and with good reason – PLA is useful in a broad range of printing applications, has the virtue of being both odorless and low-warp, and does not require a heated bed.

    ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) is a commonly used 3D printer material. Best used for making durable parts that need to withstand higher temperatures. In comparison to PLA filament, ABS plastic is less "brittle" and more "ductile." It can also be post-processed with acetone to provide a glossy finish.

    http://www.fila-tech.com

  4. News for Endurance R&D department
    Endurance have started working on 10W (10000 mW) diode laser with 445 nm wavelength. We expect laser to be able to engrave on brass, copper and being able to cut 5 mm of wood and plywood with single pass.

    We plan to improve schematic on 8W laser and make better cooling system on that.

    Endurance is planning to present 8W (8000 mW) IR diode lasers with wavelength of 808 nm. This laser will be VERY powerful and will be able to cut white and transparent materials including plastic, acrylic and even glass.

    All releases will be made in a second quarter 2018.

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  5. When Makerbot hit the scene i thought these guys have their act together and they had me sold, Little pricey, but if cutting edge I can deal with that. Now a few years later they have the Gibson guitar effect. Great Quality but just not price effective for the average Joe.

  6. I need help. I have a plastic gear with a few teeth broken. I need help steering to someone that can use the existing gear and model over the broken teeth or print most likely with ABS. The part is enclosed and not open to the sun.
    Any help as to a company or person that can do the modeling and or printing appreciated.

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