leonid.k
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Armadillo filament settings and print results

Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:36 pm

I couldn't find any settings for Ninjatek's Armadillo filament. Fortunately it was really easy to figure out, and I was shocked how easy it is it print on MK2s. I had trouble printing it on other 3D printers I own, but MK2s just can do about any material...
Anyway if anyone is interested this material is really tough very slightly flexible (it's hard TPU) and supposedly great for gears and such... Settings very similar to PLA, prints great at 220C but you can up for 225-230C if your extruder starts to skip. I had to lower print speeds slightly too...
It does have issues with stringing, not like PLA tho. You don't get fine hairs, but thick strands. I'm still playing with retraction settings, but stringing is almost non issue when printing gears.
I was really surprised that I can print tiny little things in this material what usually turn into blobs of plastic when printing with PLA. I designed and printed this tiny plug for E3D V6 clone and it came out with well defined threads and no mess.

Watch out for large prints sticking very well to PEI printbed. It didnt' stick to cold, but when using 55C bed, it sticks too well. I had very hard time removing that large gear. It won't come off cold bed, but when heated slightly you should be get spatula under it... Will try gluestick next time...

Anyway here's link to Simiplify 3D profile
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john.v6
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Re: Armadillo filament settings and print results

Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:20 pm

Leonid,

Thanks for posting this and the settings you are using. I just purchased this and am glad to have not only the feedback on the settings, but the quality, too! (in the same color, no less).

john

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Re: Armadillo filament settings and print results

Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:15 pm

Leonid,

As a follow up, I used the settings that you have, and the prints have turned out wonderfully.

And here's a hint... Just like printing with NinjaFlex original flexible filament, this is TPU. I've been dusting the build plate with a bit of talcum powder (baby powder), and the stuff sticks nicely, but it peels up very easily. I do find that it helps if I let it cool completely first as the object will be a *little* flexible until the cool down is complete.

It might be expensive, but I love this stuff!

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