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3D Printing for Architects with MakerBot by Matthew B. Stokes

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MakerBot Replicator 2X material options

MakerBot Replicator 2 can only print in PLA. The Replicator 2X has a wide range of materials for printing, including ABS, PLA, PVA, and Nylon; however, we are going to focus on the two most common plastics: ABS and PLA. Additionally, Replicator 2X has two heads which can be loaded with two different materials.

ABS

If you have ever played with LEGO or have taken a look at the pipes under your sink, you've come across ABS. ABS has high impact resistance, is tough and resilient, and costs fractions of pennies per gram. This material has been used in nearly all FFF applications up until the recent adoption of PLA.

The drawback to ABS is curling upon cooling, which can pose big problems for larger objects. Curling ...

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