3D printing is the process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital model. You can create almost anything you can imagine with 3D printing, including models of people, animals, and buildings. In order to create these objects, you need to use filament. One type of filament that you may want to try is amphora filament. Amphora filament is made from amphora resin and has many benefits over other types of filaments.
In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of amphora filament and give tips for printing with it!
1. Use bed adhesion
While Amphora does not bow as much as ABS when cooled very rapidly, it can still shrink considerably. The shrinkage will result in a lot more thermal stress if you're printing big models since the shrinkage will cause greater thermal strain. As a result, using Amphora on a heated bed with some sort of adhesion support is advised.
Make sure your build plate is grease-free by wiping it down with some alcohol before applying any adhesion aid. For a glass build plate, a thin application of a glue stick should do the trick. If you are using a heated aluminium build plate, then a layer of Kapton tape is much more suitable.
2. Print with a skirt
A skirt is an easy way to start your Amphora print. A skirt is simply a thin layer of filament that is printed right on the build plate just outside of the 3D model - sort of like a "border." The skirt, in addition to slowing down the cooling of the print's first layer by forming a barrier against the cooler environment, also primes the extruder for optimum filament flow through the nozzle.
3. Sanding and polishing are the best finishing methods
Amphora isn't soluble in any of the most popular solvents, so achieving that smooth finish out of your Amphora prints will take some elbow work. The good news is that by default, Amphora prints have a nice shiny sheen to them. If you want your finished print to look completely smooth, however, you'll need to remove the layer lines with some fine-grit sandpaper (220 grit and up), then polish it with a soft cloth.
Simply start with 120-grit, then 320-grit, and work your way up until you are completely satisfied with the results at each stage. There won't be any danger of the print deforming owing to excessive friction because it's extremely heat-stable. The colour of the print will probably dull after sanding, but a polishing compound may help bring back the brightness of your design.
Amphora filament is a great option for anyone looking to print with a material that has high quality and durability. With the proper printing techniques, you can create beautiful prints that will last for years!