Frequently Asked Questions
The filaments have been tested both by us as well as external experts on a fairly large number of printers. However we can’t test them on every printer on the planet. But you can find some general guidance below:
PolyMax PLA and PolyWood: they will work on any printer that is compatible with PLA. In fact they even work on those “ABS-only” printers such as Replicator 2X (yes you are reading it correctly!). Heated build plate is recommended but not required. Bottom line: if your printer prints PLA it should work with both PolyMax PLA and PolyWood.
PolyFlex: it works on most printers with direct-drive extruders that can work in the 220-230 C temperature range. If you have a Bowden extruder that runs 3 mm filaments (like Ultimaker), you should be fine too. It is more challenging for Bowden extruders with 1.75 mm filaments. If you do happen to have this type of extruder, we recommend that you send us a message before making a pledge.
*If you do not know what a Bowden extruder is, below is an excellent article I found on the internet:
Afinia/Up!Plus users: the two default temperatures (PLA and ABS) in the software are not quite suitable for PolyFlex. To print PolyFlex properly, you need to use an external temperature switch to control the nozzle temperature to be around 230 C. You can get a temperature switch from Octave:
PolyMax PLA and PolyWood will benefit from using a temperature switch too. In fact our filaments have been tested by a decent number of Afinia/Up!Plus users and they have seen really good results.
Baccaneer users: surprisingly we got a large number of people inquiring specifically about the Baccaneer (that must mean this printer is damn good!). Well we have not yet had our hands on the Baccaneer yet, since it is so new. However the fact that it uses a direct-drive extruder (please correct me if I am wrong on this) means it most likely would be compatible with all our 3 filaments. However we can’t be 100% sure on that. We will try to get in touch with the Pirate 3D team and hopefully have some samples tested on their machine soon.Last updated:
We actually received a large number of requests like this. I certainly understand that you want a guarantee that our materials will work on the exact printer you have (or will have). However as there are so many different printers out there (with new printers coming out almost every week), we can't test on every single one of them. We have to restrict our testing to the more popular ones such as MakerBot Replicator 2/2X, Ultimaker, Reprap, MakerGear, Afinia/Up!Plus, just to name a few. If your printer is not one of them, don't worry as printers work in more or less similar ways. Please read our discussion on printer compatibility in the FAQ. If you still feel not safe, feel free to send us the question and we will make our best effort to get them tested on the printer you are interested. However this may be challenging at times, especially for the newer printers. We can only promise that we try our best. We will also try to get external testers to write up reviews on the materials - so remember to check our updates.Last updated:
What you can do is to select either one of them as the reward and include the amount for the other reward(s) you also would like to get. Just leave a message on the survey (which you will receive shortly after the KickStarter campaign ends) to let us know exactly what you have chosen.
Let's say you have pledged 2 x 750-g spools of PolyMax PLA ($68), but you also want to add an additional one-lb spool of PolyFlex or PolyWood ($30). What you can do is to select either one of them as the reward, but pledge the total amount of $68+$30 = $98. Then just remember to leave us a message on the survey.
If you are within the US then you are all set, as shipping charges have been included in all the rewards.
If you are outside the US, please send us a message so we can calculate the exact amount for you. The total shipping charge won't be more than the combined shipping charges of all the rewards you have chosen (may be less).Last updated:
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