Bioplastic 3D Printing Testing & Insights

I placed small little circular plates on the edges to prevent mold box from warping or shifting in place. (Still didn't work)

I placed small little circular plates on the edges to prevent mold box from warping or shifting in place. (Still didn't work)

I had tried to test the bioplastic filament from BIOME BIOPLASTICS (UK) 1.7mm on the MakerBot Replica 2X last Wednesday (April & Friday( to find the following observations:

  • The MakerBot 2X has a glue like component that is part of the extruder and works poorly with the bioplastic filament.
  • The bioplastic filament smells like sugar and soft/ malleable when the test strands come out
  • The biggest problem is after the "RIFT" and the setting of the first 5 mins of printing, the bioplastic warps (shifts out of place/ moves on the plate).
  • Heating temperature recommended by Biome was 180C.
  • The settings on MakerBot for bioplastic printing on full scale (before it warped): Speed was cut in half from default settings of 90 mm/s and 150 mm/s = 45 mm/s & Right Extruder= RIFT, Temperature 230.

Possible ways to prevent shifting: Blue artist tape to place on the plate, order special MakerBot glue, or try a higher quality 3D printing machine (MakerBot/FormONE)