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Do different PLA materials work with the Ultimaker 2?


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Posted · Do different PLA materials work with the Ultimaker 2?

We recently bought a Ultimaker 2 but still have spolls of PLA left over from our makerbot. Can those be used in the Ultimaker? They look thinner then the PLA that came with the Ultimaker.

 

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    Posted · Do different PLA materials work with the Ultimaker 2?

    The leftover 1.75mm filament from your old printer can not be used on the Ultimaker2 without modification as it uses 3mm (2.85mm really) filament.

     

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    Posted · Do different PLA materials work with the Ultimaker 2?

    I have modded mine to print only 1.75. You will use more money to just use that fiament than buying another roll. For my UMO+ to work really fine I had to do:

    Change the UMO feeder a bit (modding the plastic with a file, not elegant but works)

    Bough like a lot of ptfe 3mm/2mm to insert it on the bowden.

    Had to buy ptfe special glue to glue it.

    After 2kilos of pla I started to have problems because the pla that is now being pushed sticks and burns on the nozzle and heat barrier/throat.

    So I bough a throat and nozzles for 1.75.

    Total wasted time 5days.

    Money used. Around 150-200€ (I have just ginished installing the second extruder so it everything x2)

    Why I did it? Well I have still 400€+ 1.75mm in filaments and they are colorfabb/formfutura not cheap. So I learned a lot of this printer in the process and well it's really fun to thinker with stuff. But no, if you just have 1-2 rolls on 1.75mm it's not worth the effort to adjust something that already works super on 3mm. My 2 cents :)

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