Jump to content
Ultimaker Community of 3D Printing Experts

2 Materials in one print (conductive Filament)

Recommended Posts

Posted · 2 Materials in one print (conductive Filament)


has someone experience with the print of different materials in one sample. Is this feasable with only one Extruder (Ultimaker 2)? Can I change the material during the process? The idea behind it would be to use conductive Filament (functionalize.com) mixed with normal, isolating Filament to produce 3D prints for electronic use.

Does somebody have experience with something like this and is it theoretically possible with the ultimaker 2.


  • Link to post
    Share on other sites
    Posted · 2 Materials in one print (conductive Filament)

    Yes, it is possible to do it. You can use the pause at Z option for this (and manually change the material). I also know of a company that is working on doing this autmoatically (mosaic), but only for 1.75 mm fillament atm.


  • Link to post
    Share on other sites
    • 3 weeks later...
    Posted · 2 Materials in one print (conductive Filament)

    It's also possible to use different gcodes. Assuming A=non conductive, B=conductive:

    1. First you print an object with A. The print finishes

    2. Switch material A->B

    3. Then you print an object with B. You have to make sure that the position of the print is exactly on top of the previous print, and that the print head moves in such a way that it does not hit the previous print. Basically insert gcode so that the head moves above your previous print volume, and then moves towards the print area. Print finishes.

    4. Switch material B->A

    5. Similar to step 3, make sure your layers are exactly on top of the previous print and that your print head moves in such a way that it does not hit previous layers.

    This is workable even if the conductive material is not all in one layer, but it will be very laborious.


  • 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

      • Startups, apply for the Forward AM Innovation Award!
        Are you a startup using 3D printing? Perhaps you should continue reading... 
        Together with BASF we are launching the Forward AM Innovation Award - the very first global contest for startups developing new applications with 3D printing!
        Why apply?
        The winning startup will receive €100,000 in goods and services*, along with coaching and marketing exposure from top-notch leaders in the industry.

        Who can apply?
        Your startup creates products using Additive Manufacturing, is less than 5 years old, and has less than 50 employees. We are looking for 3D printing applications with a strong focus on innovation, sustainability and scalability.
        Dental aligners, shoes, tools, automotive parts, music instruments, industrial tooling and molding, medical implants, sports equipment, toys, architecture, fashion, construction... all are welcome to join!
        Do you have an innovative, sustainable and scalable idea that leverages the unique possibilities of 3D printing? Then it is time to apply!
        More information can be found here.
        Applications close on March 28th, 2021
        * What does "in goods and services" mean?
        The winner will be able to pick any item from the overall product and service portfolio of the sponsors, e.g. printers, materials, consulting, software... Choose whatever you need to accelerate your startup.
          • Like
        • 0 replies
      • New here? Register your Ultimaker for free 3D printer onboarding course
        Often getting started is the most difficult part of any process. A good start sets you up for success and saves you time and energy that could be spent elsewhere. That is why we have a onboarding course ready for
        Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle, Ultimaker S5, Ultimaker S3 Ultimaker 2+ Connect.   
        They're ready for you on the Ultimaker Academy platform. All you need to do to gain access is to register your product to gain free access. 
        Ready? Register your product here in just 60 seconds.
          • Like
        • 0 replies
    • Create New...