Why Does My 3D Print Warp and How to Stop It

Why Does My 3D Print Warp and How to Stop It

Dr. Natalie Rudolph explains the basics of shrinkage and warpage of plastic parts and introduces the right analytical instrument to determine the shrinkage potential of different materials. She gives important tips for home users to avoid warpage and curling during the 3D printing process.

As a response to our video series, in which we introduced the 7 technologies of Additive Manufacturing, we have received a huge amount of direct messages and e-mails from you.

For now, we took your questions related to common 3D printing issues and categorized them into what we call 3D printing myths – common concerns and sometimes misconceptions of this industry.

Curling of ABS and PLA parts in 3D printing

Dr. Natalie Rudolph explains the basics of shrinkage and warpage of plastic parts and introduces the right analytical instrument to determine the shrinkage potential of different materials.

She gives important tips for home users to avoid warpage and curling during the 3D printing process. In addition, she mentions possible printer settings and material modifications to reduce warpage.  

Enjoy watching and leave further questions in the YouTube commentary!

How do I find the perfect print temperature for my filament?

Dr. Natalie Rudolph explains which aspects have must be taken into account to find the best print temperature. Most importantly, she introduces the Modified Melt Flow Test, which allows home users to easily determine the perfect print temperature for any given filament. All that is needed is a stop watch, a kitchen scale and a sharp object, e.g. a spatula.

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What’s next?

We covered the basics of Additive Manufacturing in our first video series, which can be found here! In April, we will continue with our Advanced Series of Material Science in Additive Manufacturing, in which the focus is on the interaction of material and process as well as the selection of suitable thermoanalytical and rheological analysis methods.

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