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Posted · Can I print PE on the ultimaker original?


I'm trying to print Polyethylene with added nanoparticles in it and was wondering if anyone has tried this before?


I have already tried printing it but it doesn't seem to be viscous enough as it requires a higher melting temperature over 260°C, which is the limit of the printer. Not being able to go above this temperature means it cannot stick well to the bed of the printer. In other words it just doesn't really want to print well at all.


Can anyone provide some ideas on how I can alter the printer slightly in order to get it to stick better and maybe even get a higher temperature going?




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    Posted · Can I print PE on the ultimaker original?

    Hello Russo, 


    I've also tried to print HDPE and was facing the same problem as you; it does not stick to the bed. I've tried Ultimaker adhesion sheet, packaging tape, 3Dlac... So far nothing seems to work. I have more testing coming shortly but I would like to know if anyone ever succeded printing PE ???

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    Posted · Can I print PE on the ultimaker original?

    Hi Job,


    The printer can only reach 260°C unfortunately. And it seems to stick occasionally but is very inconsistent. I think the more viscous I can get it the more it will want to stick.

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