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Best 3D Printing Filament Type?

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  • Best 3D Printing Filament Type?

    Hello, looking for advice on which Filament types are best suited for RC Submarine builds?

  • #2
    Overture PETG from Amazon and Prusament PETG from Prusa have worked well for me. Handles heat and moisture well.

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    • #3
      Nothing special for me! I have 5 3D printed submarines, and 3 more in the works right now! I use Solutech White PLA! With proper printing at 100% infill, and no special treatment! Light sanding, sanding primers inside and out (I use two kinds of primer) flat final color finishes, and matt or flat on the clear coats. I make sure not to keep the subs out in very hot temperatures! During the summer heat (Arizona) my sub runs are about 10 to 15 min. then back in the cool!

      This has worked very well for me. I run all my subs in the swimming pool only!

      Rob
      "Firemen can stand the heat"

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      • #4
        I did mine out of Prusament ASA. Never have to worry about heat or degradation.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by coryhenry View Post
          I did mine out of Prusament ASA. Never have to worry about heat or degradation.
          No doubt there are better filaments and 3D printers for building submarine hulls! David M. would love me for saying this! I guess I am just old school, and I know my printers are old school! Neither one that I own will work with anything but PLA! The Predator might work with ABS, but not without some upgrades and a spot to work in my garage (sitting at 96 F right now)!

          The other reason I like Solutech WHITE PLA is it gives off very little if any of the fumes that some of these special filaments give off! So that allows me to print inside my office/shop without dealing with the fume factors! PLA needs a little more finessing, but it works great for me!

          Rob
          "Firemen can stand the heat"

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          • #6
            ASA filament hands down is the #1. Its also the #1 pain in the ass to print correctly at first. But once you got good enclosure temp, a good filament, a good Adhesive Glue for the bed, good filament speed, Good everything else, you are set!

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            • #7
              This thread has produced valuable information. I can’t help but wonder if 3D printing information is scattered thruought the forums here? Is there a key search word to find this information? If not maybe 3D printing deserves a category of its own?

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              • #8
                I am currently printing a 1/6th Seehund in ASA on an Ender 5+. I love ASA but I know it has its issues that keeps some from using it. My 1/72 Columbia is also printed in ASA.

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