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Posted · Which warming pad for vapor finishing ABS?

I am about to try to vapor-finish an ABS object. Of course I could do this using the heated bed on my Ultimaker 2. But since the air refreshing conditions in my working space are not sufficient, I am looking for a warming pad. I have seen one in this video:

Can anyone recommend one for me?


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Posted · Which warming pad for vapor finishing ABS?

hello and sorry if i make grammar errors....

i did the same thing (vapor finish) on my electrical oven. I used a normal glass gallon and set the "burner" at 0.5

http://media.technicmarket.rs/2012/09/Alfa11.jpg <---

after few minutes of heating the gallon i put the model in the gallon and was waiting another 1-2 min and got this...


just opened the window in the kitchen, (not needed if you vaporize only 1 object)

(got a bit dirty lol) :D


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    Posted · Which warming pad for vapor finishing ABS?

    If you are using a warming pad, dont use a cheap one i did and it heats up waay too hot, make sure it has (a working) controllable temperature, as you dont want it getting too hot.

    But try buying some colorfabb PLA and printing in 0.06 and just soaking it in acetone for 20 seconds, and then you dont need to bother worrying about doing this vapour business. Its pretty random if you dont incorporate fans and the cold vapour mothod means the top of your model and other flat areas dont get smoothed anyway.

    Just give it a go. Once you see the results you wont want use ABS that anymore....

    I dont work for colorfabb BTW lol. its just their PLA appears to contain impurities which react nicely to acetone.

    Here is a simple comparison printed at 0.1 layer height with ultimaker blue that shipped with the printer back in September 2014.

    Its a myth that all PLA doesn't react to acetone. Try it for yourself, but i would recommend using colorfabb as the ultimaker one is a bit cheaper and seems to disintegrate after too long.



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