lost wax filament ?????

Discussion in '3D Printing' started by master53yoda, Dec 30, 2017.

  1. master53yoda

    master53yoda Copper Banner Member

    My son just bought a 3d printer and i was thinking about printing some lost wax patterns, have any of you found a functional filament for use in a 3d printer?

    Art b
     
  2. Al2O3

    Al2O3 Administrator Staff Member Banner Member

    Art, DavidF will probably weigh in. He has used some and prints regularly. Think he might prefer PLA but let's see what he says.

    Best,
    K
     
  3. OCD

    OCD Silver Banner Member

    Hate to be "that" guy but do you think you could correct the thread title for Art?
     
  4. Al2O3

    Al2O3 Administrator Staff Member Banner Member

    Done
     
  5. Mach

    Mach Copper

    4 different types that I'm experimenting with PLA, MoldLay, machinable wax filament, and Polycast. Depending on which brand, PLA burns out reasonably clean but is a pain to sand. Hatchbox seems to work ok for me and is cheap. Moldlay melts at a lower temperature and prints well but is pricey. Finish-wise, it sands better than PLA but still not great. Machinable wax is difficult to extrude and I haven't had much luck with it. David seem to have done better with it. Polycast prints like PLA, smooths with IPA, and is designed for casting. I just got a roll of it last week. Let me know if you'd like to try some. I've been using Polysmooth which is similar but haven't tried burning it out yet.

    Below is Polysmooth, injection wax, and PLA.

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  6. DavidF

    DavidF Administrator Staff Member Banner Member

    Im tired of experimenting... Just sticking with pla. If you want to smooth pla just rub it with some styrene on a paper towel or q tips....
    bottom line is they all burn out clean but regular pla will have issues with mold cracking/ blind holes where it is better with mold lay and best with wax but print ability gets worse as you go down the line... chose your poison. Im still waiting on the right material, tired of comprise...
     
  7. Jason

    Jason Silver Banner Member

    I thought this wax filament was going to be the holy grail... What happened?
     
  8. DavidF

    DavidF Administrator Staff Member Banner Member

    Its difficult to print with, after all you are trying to print with melted wax... Ive just been sticking with pla
     
  9. Negativ3

    Negativ3 Silver Banner Member

    Mach, the Polysmooth looks interesting from the burnout perspective, the colour of the print doesn't seem to exhibit the same detail. Is it as detailed/accurate as the others?
     
  10. Mach

    Mach Copper

    It does but the filament is slightly translucent so the detail doesn't show - more so when its smoothed.
     
  11. master53yoda

    master53yoda Copper Banner Member

    I just wanted to say thanks for the feedback on this. My son has 3 different kinds that came with the printer I'll see what he has and go from there. Thanks again for the feedback

    Art b
     
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  12. Zapins

    Zapins Silver

    I also got a 3d printer for Xmas. I will be following this thread and posting new ones for help.

    Too bad the wax filament didn't work out well (although the wax middle one looks like it printed just fine?).
     
  13. crazybillybob

    crazybillybob Copper Banner Member

    Watch sanding PLA. It likes to splinter and can end up embedded under your skin. Some people react to it sorta like fiberglass. Mild skin irritation, redness, and or itching. There is some way to vapor smooth PLA but the chemicals are kinda nasty. Might be further ahead to add a little coat of wax and smooth it that way for burnout.
     
  14. DavidF

    DavidF Administrator Staff Member Banner Member

    I dont think that is printed, he said its injection wax....
     
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  15. Zapins

    Zapins Silver

    Oh, didn't realize there was a difference. Little confused. Will reread the above posts and see if I can figure out whats what.
     
  16. Petee716

    Petee716 Silver Banner Member

    I just got one too and will be watching. They gave me a kilo of PLA with it. I'm starting to wrangle the software but it seems that I can't squeeze one more day out of my Windows XP. You know your getting old when you give someone your email address and they giggle (aol).
    I just got a new snowblower. A 1978 Snapper 8horse. (Tecumseh. I know, I know). A new carbureter, a new belt, good as new. I guess computers don't work like that.

    Pete
     
  17. Jason

    Jason Silver Banner Member

    XP is a great platform. We run old school idiot machines UNPLUGGED from the net for cnc stuff like this with XP. When you trim the fat off xp, you can make it really fly and nice and stable. I've seen some machines not restarted in almost 2 years! You want old school... I still have a IBM laptop that's running win95! What suxs, it doesnt have a cd drive and no USB so it's pretty much a working paper weight. Cant bring myself to destroy it.
     
  18. Petee716

    Petee716 Silver Banner Member

    Yeah that's the issue. It's a platform that's worked great and worked great for years. Some of my computer based equipment at work won't run on anything but XP so it won't be abandoned, that's for certain. Several are unplugged from the network and run offline so we don't get blindsided by the possibility web-induced issues or glitches in our own network.
    Unfortunately there are some areas where you have to stay current if you want or need to use updated technology and software offerings, so here we are.

    Pete
     
  19. Negativ3

    Negativ3 Silver Banner Member

    Agree, XP is nice and stable been running a CNC for a few years without any OS issues at all.
     
  20. Peedee

    Peedee Copper

    I have a ZX81 (no really, I do still have it!) What printers are you guys using? I haven't money to splurge just yet but there seems to be some really cheap deals coming up.
     

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