Jump to content

My tips for printing larger parts


Recommended Posts

Posted · My tips for printing larger parts


I have been using an Ultimaker 2 at my workplace for around 2-3 months now.

I recently managed to successfully print a large part that I designed for the University.

The part filled the build-plate surface almost entirely, was reasonably tall.

At 50% fill it took about 70 hours to complete and used 438g or 55.33 metres of filament.

I printed in black Ultimaker brand ABS filament.

To prevent spooling problems I have setup the filament spool on pvc running between 2 boxes.

This setup has successfully spooled 2 very large prints without error.


I also built a door and an enclosure for the printer to increase the temperature of the build environment.

The enclosure keeps the environment at about 40deg C with the buildplate at 100deg C.

The enclosure is essential to prevent the corners from warping upwards. The warping occurs due to the extruded plastic cooling too quickly.

For adhesion I use ABS mixed with acetone and smear it onto the buildplate at 60deg C using a paint scraper. I perform this with the printer in a fume-hood as I work at a University and have the luxury of leaving the printer in the fume hood all the time so we don't have to inhale the toxic fumes.

If you don't have this luxury perhaps you could use a mask of some kind.

Here is the final product.




  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Create an account or sign in to comment

    You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

    Create an account

    Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

    Register a new account

    Sign in

    Already have an account? Sign in here.

    Sign In Now
    • Our picks

      • Introducing the UltiMaker Factor 4
        We are happy to announce the next evolution in the UltiMaker 3D printer lineup: the UltiMaker Factor 4 industrial-grade 3D printer, designed to take manufacturing to new levels of efficiency and reliability. Factor 4 is an end-to-end 3D printing solution for light industrial applications
          • Thanks
          • Like
        • 3 replies
      • UltiMaker Cura 5.7 stable released
        Cura 5.7 is here and it brings a handy new workflow improvement when using Thingiverse and Cura together, as well as additional capabilities for Method series printers, and a powerful way of sharing print settings using new printer-agnostic project files! Read on to find out about all of these improvements and more. 
          • Like
        • 26 replies
    • Create New...