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Best choice for "default" material

Bengt
(@bengt)
Eminent Member

Heard the question before? Of course but it is a question that should have an answer better than "it depends".

A "default" material as I define it, and selected for use in the RoboxDual or RoboxPro, should fulfil these basic requirements:

- Be the typical choice if printing standard hardware like boxes, tool holder or other non-demanding stuff. Not thin towers or complicated structures but things that have reasonable easy properties of wall thickness and so on.

- Should be compatible with an easy to use support material.

- Gives the best reliable prints with minimum risk for printer problems.

All other typical requirements like strength, surface finish or what so ever comes as I see it after this short list. I'm asking for the best material choice, or rather combination of material and support material, that gives you reliable printing again and again and again.

As soon as more specific demands/requirements comes in place you will have to think in other ways.

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Topic starter Posted : 24th February 2021 6:32 am
BHudson
(@bhudson)
Former USA Robox Support Moderator

@bengt The ColorFabb CO-PET materials are my default materials for 3D printing in general. I only deviate from these when I need properties they don't have. With a properly calibrated machine PolySupport works great with the CO-PETs. My general favorite material right now is the XT-CF20. 

I have used PET-x materials from a variety of different sources and the ColorFabb materials are consistently the best quality and reliability. 

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Posted : 25th February 2021 3:31 am
Bengt
(@bengt)
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They are not supplied on SmartReels but I will use the DryBox so that doesn't matter for me. But are there properties that I can download and save on the EEPROM in the SmalrtReel on my printer?

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Topic starter Posted : 25th February 2021 7:39 am
BHudson
(@bhudson)
Former USA Robox Support Moderator

@bengt You don't need the profiles; they are in the AutoMaker software. Just select the material from the list. If you want to write it to a SmartReel you can do that, otherwise, just don't have the SmartReel installed and select the material from the drop down menu. Last I looked, ColorFabb XT and nGen were both there. I don't know about the XT-CF20 since that requires the Olsson ruby nozzle on the Robox. 

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Posted : 26th February 2021 1:05 am
Bengt
(@bengt)
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I was recomended by the support team to use Titan X for general purpose printing of hardware. So far it looks promising.

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Topic starter Posted : 7th April 2021 9:49 am
BHudson
(@bhudson)
Former USA Robox Support Moderator

@bengt TitanX is my go-to ABS material. You may also like ApolloX ASA if you need parts for outdoor applications. 

However, I use PETG because it has better layer adhesion. While the FormFutura ABS/ASA materials are very good, they do not have as good layer adhesion as PETG. I also don't like the smell of ABS and ASA. If surface finish is a concern, PETG is harder so it won't be damaged as easily. ABS is soft so you can scratch it with a fingernail.

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Posted : 7th April 2021 3:39 pm
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