3d printing is no stranger to a spool of filament. They come in a massive range of colors, some of them are chopped with other additives to give them unique looks or unique properties. And there's really a lot of options out there depending on what your specific use case is. With all these share in common and that's that they are of plastic that are moldable at a certain temperature and they solidify when they are cooled. And it's this for 3d printing. However, it's during these heating and cooling cycles that these materials will expand and then contract with. Some of them doing it more than others and it's a huge contributor to warping, which is something that anybody that 3d prints is familiar with.
3D Print Filament Shrinkage
thermoplastics, they all have their own
printer is in is fairly tight and the temperature throughout this condo has been in the mid to even upper 70s. So it is fairly warm which is also not hurting its ability to maintain that heat.
After the part was printed i was ready to apply a draft shield in Cura. Draft shields are not visible by default. We'll need to head over to the hamburger menu in the print settings toolbar and go to "Manage Setting Visibility"
What is a draft shield?
as a wall around your model that traps hot air in and shields from external airflow. If you're familiar with skirt in Cura, picture a skirt but one that goes up much higher than just the first layer.
With the two photos side by side, I could see the impact the draft shield had. Having the thermal camera set to the exact same range for all the prints, the parts in the draft shield stayed much warmer throughout the entire print.
Looking at the draft shield, you
supposed to. As the outside of it is cooler, keeping some of the draft away from the part. and the heated part is able to maintain some additional heat.
After those first two prints, I ran a series of additional prints. I took a
draft shields are something that are super commonly used. But if anybody does or has used them let me know what's your thoughts or what your feedback.