3D printing engineering parts: PLA vs ASA vs PC vs PP vs nylon vs tough resin
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 Published On Oct 17, 2019

My Ender 5 enclosed build is pretty much complete. Finally, I have a range of engineering filaments to test back to back, with the help of Australian F1 in Schools champions Paradoxum. If you can help support them, their GoFundMe page is here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-paradoxum-in-the-f1-in-schools-world-final

The printing of each of these can be refined. The idea is to create data to present to the engineering judges and to narrow down the available options. Fin then takes over in further testing and the team move towards the final product.

Personally, out of these options I was impressed by the ASA and tough resin. They didn't require any special setup to print, which kind of makes my Ender 5 build redundant but I'll still try to improve it.

Thanks to Rod Haas for pointing me towards the PTC heaters and providing support on how to get the best out of them.
Thanks to Adriaan Erasmus for sharing his heated chamber setup with me and also giving advice on how to optimise mine.

Builtak sheet: https://www.x3d.com.au/store/product/52471-buildtak-10-x-10-254mm-x-254mm
X3D Pro PLA (silver): https://www.x3d.com.au/store/product/19900-x3d-pro-pla-1-75mm-b-1kg-b
X3D Pro Nylon: https://www.x3d.com.au/store/product/29276-x3d-pro-nylon-1-75mm-b-1kg-b
X3D Pro Polycarbonate: https://www.x3d.com.au/store/product/69378-x3d-pro-polycarbonate-1-75mm-b-1kg-b
X3D Pro ASA: https://www.x3d.com.au/store/product/84429-x3d-asa-black-1-75mm
Form Futura Pegasus PP from X3D: https://www.x3d.com.au/store/product/76824-pegasus-pp-ultralight-natural
Peopoly Moai tough resin: https://peopoly.net/collections/resins/products/peopoly-tough-resin
Moai advanced acrylic plate: https://peopoly.net/collections/moai-accessories/products/processed-acrylic-plate-with-for-fep-vat
Moai chamber heater: https://peopoly.net/collections/moai-accessories/products/peopoly-heater-for-moai-moai-200
PTC heaters wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-regulating_heater
CNC Kitchen tough resin test: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yjm7aRKISMI

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