Optimum Settings for Printing PLA ABS and NinjaFlex 3D Filaments
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Optimum Settings for Printing PLA ABS and NinjaFlex 3D Filaments

By In Learn On September 26, 2014


This guide is meant to be just a starting point for optimizing your print settings. Each printer is different and the best settings for your printer can vary significantly. You’ll need to experiment with the various settings in order to find what works best with your printer.

PLA – Polyactic Acid

PLA is the most commonly used filament because it is affordable and easy to use. It is less prone to warping compared to other thermoplastics such as ABS. Layer adhesion is very good with PLA as well. It is not well suited for high temperature applications because of its low melting temperature.

Do not store filament or printed parts in a hot place at or above 150 °F (60 °C). Do not keep in a car on a sunny day; it can melt.

Setting Range Start With
Printing Temperature 175-230 °C 190 °C
Layer Height 0.1-0.3 mm 0.2 mm
Heated Build Plate unheated to 60 °C unheated
Printing Speed 30-90 mm/s, Typical
Build Plate Preparation Blue painters tape
PVA glue (Elmer’s glue stick)
or acrylic bed

 

ABS – Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene

ABS is a good durable plastic and moderately easy to print. The difficulty in printing ABS is that it warps more than PLA as the plastic cools. Because of this it is essential to have excellent build plate adhesion. Parts printed in ABS are more durable than PLA parts and are more resistant to high temperatures.

Do not store filament  or printed parts in a hot place at or above 220 °F (105 °C). Store filament in a dry place since ABS can absorb moisture which will cause lower print quality and sometimes cause failed prints. Make sure to only print in a well ventilated area as melted ABS can give off harmful fumes.

Setting Range Start With
Printing Temperature 210-250 °C 220 °C
Layer Height 0.1-0.3 mm 0.2 mm
Heated Build Plate 80-120 °C 100 ­°C
Printing Speed 30-90 mm/s, Typical
Build Plate Preparation Glass/Ceramic sheet attached to build plate
AquaNet Extra Super Hold Hairspray
Garnier Fructis Extreme Control Anti Humidity (#5) Hairspray
Kapton Tape
ABS/acetone slurry (messy)

 

NinjaFlex / TPE – Polyurethane Thermoplastic Elastomer

NinjaFlex is a flexible and stretchy material that produces wild results. It sticks well to most print surfaces, has no problems with warping, and adheres very well to itself, creating very strong parts. Because of the flexibility of NinjaFlex, the extruder design must have filament guides to keep the filament from buckling under the pressure of the extruder drive. This material also requires slower print speeds than normal to help reduce the pressure. It might not be possible to print using a bowden extruder setup, although some people have had success by printing at very slow speeds.

Do not store filament or printed parts in a hot place at or above 150 °F (60 °C). Do not keep in a car on a sunny day; it can melt.

Setting Range Start With
Printing Temperature 210-240 °C 220 °C
Layer Height 0.1-0.3 mm 0.2 mm
Heated Build Plate unheated to 60 °C unheated
Printing Speed 10-30 mm/s, Typical
Build Plate Preparation Blue painters tape
PVA glue (Elmer’s glue stick)
Kapton Tape
or acrylic bed