Dec. 12, 2016
When someone is new to 3D printing, it is highly recommended to start with PLA filament, and having mastered that, to begin experimenting with different and more advanced materials. While PLA and ABS filament are the two most popular filaments, they have drastically different properties from each other.
PLA is such a great beginner material because it doesn't warp, doesn't need high temperatures, and it doesn't give off fumes as you print. ABS has the opposite properties on all accounts, however, what it holds over PLA is its temperature resistance; leave a PLA print and an ABS print in your car on a hot day and you will find the PLA has warped but the ABS hasn't. Additionally, ABS has more finishing techniques available from its chemical makeup: it sands easier than PLA and you can use acetone to melt away the layer lines.
Depending on the amount of ABS you mix with acetone, you create different materials: ABS juice, ABS glue, and ABS slurry.
ABS juice is the best way to get your ABS prints to stick to your print surface. Since it has acetone in it, be sure that it is only applied on kapton tape on glass, or on just the glass. Do not apply this to BuildTak or a plastic print bed.
ABS Juice Instructions:
ABS glue is great for welding two ABS parts together, and is better than using other adhesives, even super glue. ABS glue melts the two pieces, fusing them together into one strong piece instead of two glued pieces.
ABS Glue Instructions:
ABS slurry should be used to blend the seam between the two ABS pieces that were glued together. Use it like a filler putty to fill in any gaps between the glued parts or even use it to add more material in places that need to be built up.
ABS Slurry Instructions:
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