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  • Starting to think about 3D printers. How sandable and sealable are the parts?

    I see PLA is a very common material. Is it easily sanded and sealed to make a smooth object? We're talking glass smooth. What options would I have?
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    Spend the little bit extra and grab a printer witb a heated bed and auto levelling.
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      I bought a creality ended 3 about 2 months ago it cost $300 delivered and came with a 2kg roll of pla as well. I love it and use it almost every day...absolute bargain. Aliexpress is the website i bought it from. There are also heaps of youtubes about how to use the creality and also reviews about it on YouTube
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        The main thing I need to know first is can I sand and seal the parts? Some things I want to make glass smooth basically
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          ABS sands better than PLA. You'll need a heated bed for it though. You can also use acetone vapour to smooth it.

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          Last edited by BIG Trev; 13th August 2019, 07:13 AM.

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            I guess you mean ABS?
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              Originally posted by danny_galaga View Post
              I guess you mean ABS?
              Yes

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              • #8
                Had a google and the acetone method could be
                just the thing for some parts. Just for aesthetics. Obviously functional parts like brackets etc I wouldn’t bother smoothing
                Last edited by danny_galaga; 13th August 2019, 12:13 PM.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Whitewater View Post
                  I bought a creality ended 3 about 2 months ago it cost $300 delivered and came with a 2kg roll of pla as well. I love it and use it almost every day...absolute bargain. Aliexpress is the website i bought it from. There are also heaps of youtubes about how to use the creality and also reviews about it on YouTube
                  I ended up buying an Ender 3 Pro (pro really means mkll in their case).

                  Worked pretty much straight out of the box printed a few test pieces in PLA and starting to get the hang of ABS . Very happy with the machine. Couldn't get the supplied slicer software to work but have downloaded Cura and that works like a charm.
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                  • #10
                    Lets see your plastic elephant then Danny

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                    • #11
                      Nah, would take too long too print. I printed a 20 X 20 X 10 block instead
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                      • #12
                        Nice work!

                        I've been thinking about grabbing the same printer. Seems to have the best price to feature ratio and a solid performer without much work required.
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