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I'm currently looking to buy a 3D printer and the Ultimaker 3 is looking the most favourable. Something that would be really useful is being able to print with wax filament. MachinableWax.com do printing filaments in 1.75mm & 3mm diameters but i'm unsure if these sizes would fit the UM3, as I'm informed that the bowden cable has a tight tolerance of 3.05? Does anybody had experience in this area?



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    Posted · Wax filament

    90% of 3mm filament is actually 2.85 to 2.9mm. Ask the manufacturer. 3mm is not necessarily a specification but a general size. However definitely ask the manufacturer as some manufacturers indeed make 3mm filament (mostly chinese companies) and it can get stuck in the bowden. You can buy a bowden from 3dsolex if you want which is a little bigger inside than Ultimaker's. Bowden's are cheap.

    I never heard of wax filament - sounds fascinating. Looked just now - the print temp is only about 150C which is a minor problem - the UM2 will not extrude at that temperature as a safety feature. It's easy to turn this feature off. Ask about that on this forum after you buy your printer.

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    Oh - and if you are making small jewelry items I really recommend the um2go over the um3. As of today you can't get .25mm cores for the um3 (although that will change) and the um2go is more precise and better quality in my opinion and perfect for small things. And cheaper.

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