[Noisebridge-discuss] Quick question about 3d printer

Ceren Ercen ceren at ercen.com
Wed Oct 8 01:06:27 UTC 2014


Or have Shapeways print it in a more durable material than extruded
plastic, like sintered nylon, and send it to you !

Disclaimer, I work for Shapeways now. :)
On Oct 7, 2014 5:12 PM, "Rachel McConnell" <rachel at xtreme.com> wrote:

> All 3d printers that extrude plastic use thermoplastic of various types.
> In theory you could melt down all your 3d printed objects and extrude more
> filament from them, and use that to print more objects, indefinitely.
> Although in practice you'd get crud in the mix and it would eventually not
> work any more.
>
> All the thermoset plastics I've worked with are made from two liquid or
> semi-liquid parts that are mixed together and then cure permanently,
> generating heat during the curing process.  A very common example of this
> is epoxy glue, which is technically a thermoset plastic.  Others you may be
> familiar with are the resins used with fiberglass, or the clear casting
> resins that some kinds of jewelry are made from.
>
> You could still use 3d printing in the making of your handle.  Draw and 3d
> print a handle to test the fit.  Once you have a version you are satisfied
> with, make a mold of it and cast a resin version as your final result.
>
> Rachel1.0
>
> On 10/7/14 12:56 PM, girlgeek wrote:
>
>> I need to make a handle for a kitchen item.   What kind of plastic does
>> the 3d printer use, Thermalplastic or Thermalset?  For this application
>> I need to use Thermalset.  (Although a member of my family already
>> managed to destroy the prior thermalset handle.)
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Claudia
>>
>>
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