Long ago, when I first saw an FDM 3D Printer in action, I was instantly fascinated by the process. I also have been surprised by how slow this process was.
Since then, I have been constantly preoccupied with finding faster ways to use this process. Sound familiar? Speed is probably the one thing everybody involved with 3D Printing continually has in their minds.
With our 3D850 PLA filament, you can significantly increase the printing speed by increasing the hot-end temperature.
There are many factors affecting the speed of a 3D Printing job. The most important factors are:
- the stiffness and robustness of the printer mechanical components,
- the power and the accuracy of the axis motors,
- the quality and refinement of the firmware and slicing software,
- the melting capacity of the hot-end
- the melt flow, viscosity and hydrodynamic properties of the filament materials.
Some of our customers are skilled at tinkering with 3D printers to improve the speed and quality of their prints. One of them succeeded in getting excellent parts speeding the printer to an astonishing 800mm/s. Indeed, his 3D printer is heavily modified to improve the rigidity and motors' power. He uses our 3D850 PLA filament. He also uses a regular V6 hot end, and to improve the melting capacity, he is printing at 300°C! We were skeptical of his claims until we saw the whole setup.
We experimented with one of our Prusa MK3S to see how fast we could go. We started a print of a 9-pointed star with a regular PLA profile of 60mm/s speed and 210°C temperature. Then we increased the temperature to 240°C and the speed to 500%. Of course, the speed didn't go to 300mm/s as it is limited in the slicer and firmware to how high it can go, but it looks like it went pretty close to 200mm/s (the limiting speed), and the quality of the part remained excellent.
Have fun printing and
Embrace the layers!