Knowledge & Solution Articles

Specific knowledge & solution articles concerning 3d printing filaments.

Best Practices Printing PLA (Poly Lactic Acid) on a Leapfrog 3D Printer
The following solution article is for those looking to improve the quaility of their PLA prints. ◄About PLA Filament► PLA (poly lactic ac...
Thu, 24 Mar, 2016 at 3:40 PM
Best Practices Printing ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) on a Leapfrog 3D Printer
The following solution article is provided to help ABS users get better quality prints. ◄About ABS Filament► ABS is a combination of three d...
Thu, 24 Mar, 2016 at 3:31 PM
Filament - Material Safety Data Sheets
Need to know what's in our high quality filaments? We've got you covered. Attached at the bottom of this page are some of the Material ...
Wed, 3 May, 2017 at 3:30 PM
Tips on Printing Nylon on your Leapfrog 3D Printer
Hello and thank you for choosing the Leapfrog 3D for your printing needs. In the following solution we will provide a few tips on printing Nylon filam...
Wed, 6 Apr, 2016 at 7:36 AM
How to print PLA and ABS on your Leapfrog HS printer
Hello and thank you for choosing Leapfrog for your printing needs.   The following solution will explain a few steps you need to take in order to prin...
Mon, 4 Apr, 2016 at 1:31 PM
LEAPFROG MAXX ESSENTIALS 3D SPRAY Safety Data Sheet
If you require specific information in regards to the Leapfrog MAXX Essentials 3D spray please download the attached PDF file. We thank you for check...
Thu, 16 Mar, 2017 at 7:29 AM

Filament Guide

ABS
  • Extrude at ~ 225o C.
  • Requires heated bed.
  • Works reasonably well without cooling.
  • Adheres best to polyimide tape.
  • Filament tolerances are usually tighter.
  • Prone to cracking, delamination, and wraping.
  • More flexible.
  • Can be bonded using adhesives or solvents(Acetone or MEK).
  • Fumes are unpleasent in enclosed areas.
  • Oil Based.
PLA
  • Extrude at ~ 180-225o C.
  • Benefits from heated bed.
  • Benefits greatly from cooling while printing.
  • Adheres well to a variety of surfaces.
  • Finer feature detail possible on a well calibrated machine.
  • Prone to curling of corners and overhangs.
  • More brittle.
  • Can be bonded using adhesives.
  • More pleasant smell when extruded.
  • Plant Based.

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