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Community Article PLA and PLA+ Filament Frequently Asked Questions - Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker PLA and PLA+ Filament Frequently Asked Questions - Micro Center This article contains some of the most frequently asked questions about PLA and PLA+ Filament that we get at our Micro Center stores. Q: What is PLA filament? A: PLA filament (Polylactic Acid) is a type of thermoplastic that is derived from renewable resources such as corn starch or sugar cane. It is used in 3D printing and is typically used for food containers, biodegradable medical implants, models, and prototype parts. Q: Why should I use PLA filament? A: PLA filament is very easy to work with which makes it perfect for beginners in the world of 3D printing. It is less prone to warping than other filaments. Q: Why shouldn’t I use PLA filament? A: While a great filament overall, PLA is prone to clogging and attracts water molecules, making it very brittle over time. PLA clogs are usually easy to resolve however and gives you valuable experience in learning how to troubleshoot your printer. Q: What temperatures do I print PLA at? A: While the exact temperature will vary based on your printer, the exact filament you are using, and your preferences, the recommended range of temperature for PLA is 205-220°C, and 60-80°C for the bed temperature. You are not required to use a heated bed; however, it does make the process much easier. Q: What is the difference between PLA and PLA+? A: PLA and PLA+ are actually very similar filaments. PLA+ however, has extra ingredients added to it to alter its properties. Unfortunately, there is no standard of PLA+, so each company will add its own ingredients, which will change certain properties, and may change the temperatures you will need to use to print with. Q: What sizes of filament do I need? A: The size of filament that you need will vary based on your printer. Currently, there are 1.75mm and 2.85mm filaments available. Usually, printers will only support one of these sizes, so ensure you are using the correct size. Q: Why is there 3.0mm filament listed online? A: 3.0mm filament is another name for 2.85mm filament. It was originally used as a short-hand for 2.85mm. However, this confused some manufacturers as they started making actually 3.0mm filament (rather than 2.85mm filament), so be sure to check the size in the specifications for the filament. This will normally be denoted as "true diameter" and should be listed at 2.85mm rather than 3.0mm. 1.75mm filament, however, does not have this issue, and you can purchase it without concern. Q: What print speed should I use when printing with PLA? A: The exact speed will vary based on your printer and your personal preference, however typically 30mm/s - 40mm/s is the recommended print speed. Q: What retraction settings should I use? A: Retraction settings (speed and length) will vary greatly based upon your printer, what type of extruder you are using, and what filament you are using. To fine-tune this based on your printer, you can follow this guide: https://www.matterhackers.com/articles/retraction-just-say-no-to-oozing. © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Inland PLA+ Spooless — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Inland PLA+ Spooless Poppinfreshzero ✭ January 5 edited June 5 in General Discussion Hello I have recently had a few online orders of Inland PLA+ Spooless cancelled. I was wondering if the shortage was temporary or if this item is being discontinued? Currently, there is no Micro Center near me. So, online ordering is my only choice. Thank you 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin January 5 Hello @Poppinfreshzero I'm not certain of the specifics for your order, but I'd be happy to check in on this for you! What item or SKU were you specifically interested in? Also what quantity were you interested in? Thanks! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Poppinfreshzero ✭ January 5 Hello! I appreciate the help! Here the SKUs I've been trying to order: SKU: 803973 SKU: 803981 SKU: 804393 SKU: 803882 I have ordered 5 of the black that were cancelled and then 5 of the white that were cancelled. I have ordered 5 blue and they have just shipped! I really like this filament and the reason I inquire is, primarily, because I have an Etsy store and would like to use this PLA. I wanted to make sure that it was going to be in stock for the foreseeable future (I understand shortages will happen). Thank you again! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin January 8 @Poppinfreshzero where going to email you with some questions. We'll need to know what city and state you are in. This forum is public so we'll ask you via email. We need to see which warehouse you near to check the inventory on the PLA filament. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Poppinfreshzero ✭ January 8 I have received the email and wanted to, publicly, thank you for the great service so far! I really appreciate the help! 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Josparky ✭ April 15 I would like to know this as well. Sad day if they are not going to sell this any longer the pla+ brand they have been selling is good stuff. I need to get some more as well for my orders. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin April 15 @Josparky just chiming, Enter each SKU# below on the Microcenter.com website and different Filament Spooless should come up if its in stock. Sku# 803981 Sku# 803973 Sku# 804393 Sku#803882 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook dlyness0321 ✭ April 16 It says the filament is in store only. Is this just a temporary solution? I live nowhere near a microcenter and losing this brand would really be a blow! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin April 16 @dlyness0321 unfortunately its in-store only. Amazon or Newegg may have the filament. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook dlyness0321 ✭ April 16 @TSTDavey will they ever come back to online ordering? I just ordered a bunch of the empty spools so I could refill them so it's kinda a bummer if I'll never get them anymore 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin April 17 edited April 17 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/31271#Comment_31271 I am sorry, we would not be sure on this, any updates to shipping availability would be reflected on the product page on our website. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 827 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 88 Consumer Tech 28 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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There is a gorgeous vase printed from the same stuff at the local MC's BYOPC counter so I know it can work, but the person who printed it is never in when I go by to ask. Anyone have any success with silk PLA care to share their secrets?? I have an Ender 5 Pro with the glass bed. Normal PLA prints just fine; only silk is giving me a problem. Yes I check the leveling, etc, between each print. Also I've tried with and without glue stick. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin September 1 Greetings, looking at the specs we have, the Silk PLA settings are as follows: Print Temp 190C-220C Bed Temp 20-60C Printing Speed 40-60mm/s Retraction 1-3mm I would verify/test these settings out to see if that helps. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook magarity ✭ September 9 I finally came upon the tip of using extreme strength hair spray on the glass bed for an adherent instead of just glue stick. This has worked. Anything less and silk won't stick to the bed for me. Hope this helps anyone else with that stuff. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin September 10 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/35976#Comment_35976 Glad to hear you found a solution and thank you for sharing your solution information with Community. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 827 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 88 Consumer Tech 28 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Differences in New Inland Filaments — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Consumer Tech › 3D Printing Differences in New Inland Filaments Nexxen ✭ January 24 in 3D Printing So I recently saw that microcenter now sells petg+ and lite pla but there isnt any clear indication how these new filaments vary from their regular petg, pla and pla+ aside from extruder temperature ranges. Does anyone know the actual differences with these new filaments? 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin January 25 Personally, printing with PLA and PLA+ I've noticed a slight difference in the color of the finished print. I think they are using a slightly different blend of materials. That being said, with some of them, I haven't noticed much of a difference at all. It seems like the PLA+ offers a slightly better print, although I haven't spent much time tweaking temp and speed. I'd love to hear what others think about the difference as well! 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook NickBiederman admin January 25 According to our buyer, Lite PLA is very similar to regular PLA but is a matte instead of glossy. PETG+ has similar mechanical characteristics to regular PETG, but it's less hydroscopic leading to longer shelf life and easier storage, isn't as susceptible to print fan speed making it easier to print, and has a higher flow rate so it can be printed faster. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexPasseno Columbus OH Store Associate March 12 ^ what Nick said PETG+ is a heck of alot more forgiving for new petg users the lite pla is actually the same as polymakers new polyterra filament, so alot better for the environment too! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 827 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 88 Consumer Tech 28 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Inland filament types and properties — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Consumer Tech › 3D Printing Inland filament types and properties AlexPasseno Columbus OH Store Associate March 13 in 3D Printing PLA: Cheap, low temperature resistance, and relatively brittle, this material is a WONDERFUL all rounder with amazing dimensional accuracy and some of the highest tensile strength of most hobby materials most people start printing with this and stick to it because of its cost effectiveness and versatility PLA+: very similar to PLA, this material has a toughening agent added to it to give it a lot more of an impact resistance (at the cost of some tensile strength usually) i tend to also like the color selection in + compared to regular a lot better! Silk PLA: A PLA polyester composite this material comes out incredibly shiny! because of its polyester it needs to be printed hotter than your standard PLA (i generally tend to find 235-245 work really well) and even then it tends to suffer from layer adhesion, not great for functional prints but it looks BEAUTIFUL Lite PLA: this is a PLA that has less pla (lite) and more of a plant fiber filler, this comes out a beautiful matte/semigloss while also being really nicely compostable! not great for strength however. Glass PLA: Transluscent PLA, i tend to find it needs higher temperatures. PETG: alot gummier of a plastic typically the same material they make water bottles out of, very chemical resistant higher temp resistance and completely UV stable, can be more challenging than PLA biggest advice for troubleshooting bed adhesion is to lower the bed away from the nozzle a hair or two. Food safe however the process of 3d printing is very rarely ever food safe. generally agreed to be one of the only filaments aquarium safe PETG+: generally alot more forgiving than petg standard, has a much longer shelf life to it, better spooling, not as susceptible to higher fan speeds so generally a lot easier to print with than petg, MINIMAL temp resistance and impact resistance improvements over standard ABS : An older material to be sure, can be incredibly challenging to print out on most hobbyist machine and is very susceptible to drafts or unwanted cooling, warpage is so bad that it can actually warp along the layer lines causing delamination at the worst and weak layer adhesion normally, uv sensitive so unless painted or black it will become brittle in direct UV light over time, great temp resistance though! soluble in acetone so a common practice is using acetone vapors to melt the layers together giving it a smooth injection molded look (though it very rarely improves strength) ASA: very similar to abs, and in most circles is starting to overtake abs, a tad less prone to warping but completely uv stable. Polycarbonate: generally viewed as the end all be all for hobbyist strength printing, can be very challenging to print out much in the same ways ABS or ASA is, its a lot stiffer than abs and layers adhere to each other a lot more reliably. UV stable. Nylon: there are a lot of different blends of nylon that all have different printing properties and post print properties, though generally seen as incredibly impact and wear resistant (while also being self lubricating!) great for gears/pinions/hinges and other pieces that will rub up against things, nylon in general is a very forgiving material to print as long as its printed dry, while all filaments have a certain shelf life to them (usually in the scale of months) Nylon tends to absorb enough moisture to make it unprintable in roughly 3 hours, to alleviate this you need to print it directly from a dry box. Carbon Fiber: Carbon fiber materials are added to a variety of bases to add stiffness to the original material, ive seen PLA, PETG, ABS, NYLON, and even PC, the carbon fiber we stock is a nylon base, just note ANY AND ALL CARBON FIBER COMPOSITE MATERIALS REQUIRE A WEAR RESISTANT NOZZLE. PP: our newest material this is a weird one, its flexible without being terribly elastic, completely non-bioreactive so its amazing for biomods, aquariums, or hydroponics systems. (i tend to use it for custom pipe fittings) very good chemical resistance, great for pipe fittings, living hinges, and other applications that needs a wear resistant flexible piece. bed adhesion is weird needing ~90 on the bed and CLEAR PACKING TAPE (clear packing tape is usually made of polypropylene so the pp filament will fuse to it nicely) and a very low hotend temp of ~160 -RESINS- Standard: Hum Drum run of the mill prints not too much to say about it. Bio/E-resin: a bio resin ""Technically"" safer to work with (still ALWAYS recommend following all safety procedures, smell is alot less offensive however. Water washable: a very thin resin can be cleaned with water however using alcohol still works a little better, its a very VERY easy resin to clean up if you spill it. Jewelry casting resin: a nice replacement for lost investment wax casting, does require a furnace to burnout the printed positive from the plaster negative but once you burnout the positive you get an empty mold to pour molten gold/silver/pewter into! expensive up front material cost but overall produces a really clean no residue burnout and one sale will generally make up the material cost. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin March 19 edited March 19 Hey @AlexPasseno Welcome to the community! Glad to have you aboard! What is your favorite to work with? I noticed that you mentioned liking the PLA+, but if you had your choice of all of the above types, which would be your go-to? Also, what are your thoughts on TPU? https://media.giphy.com/media/TdXuJirQBcR52psi7l/giphy.gif 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexPasseno Columbus OH Store Associate March 19 Love petg+! i do alot of fish tank printing, so petg is my go to and the + just makes it so much easier to print, TPU is gimmicky but if you have a use case it gets the job done! also with fish tanks pp is a good alternative since that is also food safe while having alot of the same properties 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin March 19 Very cool. Would love to see some of your projects! Great post! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 827 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 88 Consumer Tech 28 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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As the 3D printer market has grown, many new 3D printer enthusiasts have found themselves a bit confused when it comes to 3D printer filament - knowing the difference between filaments and knowing which one is best for their particular 3D printers. Today, we’ll be discussing 3D printers, different types of filament, and helping you decide which type of filament is best for your 3D printer.   What is a 3D Printer? 3D printers create three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of 3D printed objects is achieved through something called additive processes, which involve laying down successive layers of material until the full 3D object is created. 3D printing enables users to create complex shapes and objects, all whilst using less material than traditional manufacturing methods, creating endless possibilities for printing.  In recent years, 3D printers have gotten more and more affordable, with many models being as cheap as $300 or less. They are relatively easy to use and maintain, and by far the most expensive part of owning a 3D printer is dealing with the 3D printer’s filament. Which is why knowing what filament works best for you can help save money and headaches. If you're looking for a more in-depth look at 3D printers, be sure to check out our Choosing a 3D Printer guide!   Different Types of 3D Printer Filament 3D printer filament is the material that is used by a 3D printer to print objects. Printer filament is to 3D printers as printer ink is to traditional printers. Printer filament comes in all sorts of different shapes and sizes and can vary quite a bit in price, size, color, weight, and toxicity levels. Whilst there are many different filament types available, the two most common types of filament are ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) and PLA (polylactic acid). Most basic 3D printers have been designed to use one of these two types of filaments, so these are really the only two that you need to know much about.  In terms of weight, filament is sold in spools that range from 0.5 kilograms to 2 kilograms. The filament comes in two thicknesses, either 1.75 millimeters or 3 millimeters. Most filaments, however, are of the 1.75-millimeter variety. With this said, let’s take a look at the different types of filaments starting with ABS and PLA.   ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) Filament Inland 1.75mm Red ABS 3D Printer Filament ABS filament is one of the most common filaments around and is the same plastic that LEGOs are made out of. The filament is as popular as it is because everything printed with it is nontoxic and very durable. The filament has a fairly high melting point, ranging from 210 degrees to 250 degrees Celsius. The downside to using this filament is that ABS tends to emit a rather unpleasant odor while printing, so if you should probably plan on printing in a well-ventilated room if using this filament. In addition, the bottom corners of this filament have a knack for curling upward just a bit, especially if using a non-heated printing bed.   PLA (Polylactic Acid) Filament Inland 1.75mm Light Blue PLA+ 3D Printer Filament PLA filament, comparatively, has a lower melting point than ABS, ranging between 180 degrees and 230 degrees Celsius. One huge plus of this filament is that it is plant-based and biodegradable, something that can’t be said about other 3D printer filaments. Additionally, PLA filament is harder than ABS, prints without any warping, and is just overall generally easier to work with than ABS.   PETG Filament Inland 1.75mm Translucent Blue PETG+ 3D Printer Filament PETG (polyethylene terephthalate mixed with glycol) is a thermoplastic polymer that is most commonly used for drink bottles. PETG became quite a bit more popular during the coronavirus epidemic as it can be easily sanitized and, as a result, has been very useful for medical applications like face shields. PETG filament is resistant to water and very high temperatures (with a very high printing temperature that ranges from 230 to 250 degrees Celsius). Additionally, it has good electrical properties, has stable dimensions, and is incredibly sturdy.  One big difference that PETG filament has from both ABS and PLA filaments is that it can only be printed while using 3D printers that have fully enclosed printing spaces. PETG has the strong durability of ABS and the easy printability of PLA filaments, so as a result, it’s not surprising that it is one of the most popular among professionals looking for reliable filament.   TPU Filament Inland 1.75mm Black TPU 3D Printer Filament TPU filament, or thermoplastic polyurethane, is perhaps the most unique of all of the 3D printing filaments, with its defining characteristic is incredible flexibility. In addition, TPU is resistant to abrasion, oil, chemical, and wearing, which makes it a perfect fit for use in the automotive industry. In addition to being very resistant to high temperatures, it is also resistant to very low temperatures as well, meaning that it won’t become brittle and harder to work with in the cold. The downside to using TPU filament is that, due to its flexibility, it's not as easy to print as other filament materials. Like PETG, TPU filament is also required to be printed within an enclosed 3D printing space.   Which 3D Printer Filament Should I Use? So overall, which is the best 3D printer filament you should use? Well, it entirely depends on your 3D printing needs as well as the type of 3D printer that you own. An easy way to narrow down your choice is simply whether or not you have a 3D printer that has an enclosed printing space versus one that has an open printing area. If your 3D printer has an open space, you need to purchase either ABS or PLA filament. If your 3D printer is a model with an enclosed printing area, you need to use PETG or TPU filament. From there, figure out what type of objects you’d prefer to print. If you want to print something that is more durable and you own a printer with an open space, then ABS filament will probably be your best pick. If you’d rather print something that is biodegradable, then PLA is the option that you should go with. If you have a 3D printer with an enclosed printing space and want to print something that’s highly durable and won’t warp over time, then PETG is the option for you. And if you’re looking to create 3D objects that have more flexibility to them, then TPU filament is your best choice. 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article new inland filament manufacturer? — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Consumer Tech › 3D Printing new inland filament manufacturer? 3dp ✭ October 2020 in 3D Printing I was buying the Natural Inland PLA, it came in a white box, and it was awesome.  Now I just bought some natural PLA and it came in a grey box and it is different and is more brittle.  The suggested temperature ranges are also different, so it seems like an entirely new formula.  The white box says "new and improved formula" on it and the blue box doesn't say that.  So my question is, why is there such a big difference and what should I expect going forward? 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments 3dp ✭ October 2020 Micro Center support just got back to me.  It looks like the newer grey box is the new Natural PLA, so it does in fact look like the formula has changed.  Just beware, the plastic is a lot more brittle than it used to be. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSKevinG admin October 2020 Good Morning @3dp I do apologize for the delay in response on the issue with the filament.  I do see where did did speak with someof our technical consultants by email on he issue.  We are going to forward this information  to try and get more information on the filament.  Again, i do apologize for the issue you have had with this filament and please let us know fi you hae nay other questions or concerns. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook NickBiederman admin October 2020 @3dp The formula was changed by our supplier due to a shortage of raw materials. We'll be returning to the original formula once the raw materials are available to our supplier.  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexPasseno Columbus OH Store Associate March 12 Check out or PLA+ for less brittle PLA though 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 825 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 87 Consumer Tech 27 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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"how long has this filament been sitting out?" "am i printing with composite filaments?" "Does the extruder arm feel tight enough?" or "have i recently swapped from a high temp material to a low temp material?" If you made a large change to your extruder setup (IE. swapped to a direct drive from a bowden style or vise versa) you will probably need to do an estep calibration All filament has a shelf life to it that is highly dependent on ambient moisture my general rule of thumb is about 2-3 months out in open air for pla, but you can check to see if the pla has gone bad early, if you bend an inch or two of filament at the end of the reel and it bends, then its still good, if it snaps the filaments probably gone bad. if you are printing with composite materials (carbon fiber, wood, glitter) then there is a good chance you have a partial clog, the easy fix is to replace the nozzle and call it a day but the right fix is to take a small acupuncture needle and stick it through the tip while the nozzle is heated (be careful! that nozzle WILL be under pressure and releasing that clog sometimes causes it to shoot out) the extruder arm is the lever you have to push down right where you feed your filament in, this arm is typically made of an injection molded plastic which will eventually just shatter! upgrading to a metal extruder will usually fix this issue (sku 135723 for most printers) best practice from swapping from a high temp material to a low temp material is to run a bit of purge filament through, however in a pinch you can heat your nozzle to ~10 degrees higher than the material you were just printing with it and shove some of the lower temp material through untill it runs through clean (do note DO NOT EXCEED 260 DEGREES AND PUSH PLA THROUGH this will carbonize your pla and that is a pain to clean up and will require purge/cleaning filament to fix) 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 827 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 88 Consumer Tech 28 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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I have tried to slice my builds using their recommended software 'powerprint' and the flashforge software 'flashprint' I have also done a firmware update. I know its not natural PLA shrinkage. I am out of ideas. Help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSMikeW admin May 2020 That's usually more of a problem with ABS than PLA and 10% would be extreme for ABS. Are you printing multiple objects at the same time or just one? Would you be able to post some examples? And just to confirm this is with everything, not an issue with duplicating the initial print? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook szozdaml ✭ May 2020 edited May 2020 The problem is with everything I print. I also print on some qidi x-smart and x-plus printers using the qidi software and have no problems with scaling. I can print the same G-code on all my printers all PLA and the powerspec always comes out significantly smaller. I have posted a pic below of two prints I have done with the same .STL with the gcode produced in their respective software. The black one is printed on powerspec (g-code produced by Powerprint) and red is printed on qidi x-smart (g-code produced by Qidi tech software). Both printed using Inland PLA 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook VicFan ✭ June 2020 I have used a FlashForge printer since they first came out (perhaps 10 years ago) and never had this problem.  In fact, it has been very accurate.  I would try first to print a cube of known size and measure it with a caliper or micrometer.  If you find it still fails, then the problem is in your slicing program (I use Simplify3D) - you are using the wrong configuration for the FlashForge.  If you slice a file for one printer and use the same file on a different printer, there will be different scaling factors applied to it.  If that still fails, you have the measurement you calculated in the cube, you would have to manually scale it in the slicing program (in Simplify3D, double click on 3D and there is an option to change scaling by just changing one number away from 100.00%). 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 827 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 88 Consumer Tech 28 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Package for face Shields — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Consumer Tech › 3D Printing Package for face Shields Frank ✭ April 2020 in 3D Printing Do you have the material and equipment in stock to start producing these?  How much is the equipment and given the consumables what is the cost/mask.  I would like to help address the pandemic if possible. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments ryau ✭✭✭✭✭ April 2020 edited April 2020 We have 3D printers and filament in stock (both PETG and PLA), although supplies are limited due to the increase in demand, so please check your store's inventory: 3D printers: https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?Ntk=all&sortby=match&N=4294828445 PLA: https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?Ntk=all&sortby=match&N=4294866996 PETG: https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?Ntt=petg&Ntk=all&sortby=match&N=4294822437 The 3D printers we carry range from around $140 to $2,500 A typical roll of PLA filament is around $15, PETG is around $20 a roll, and can print 20-30 face shields, each one taking 2-3 hours. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 825 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 105 New Members 87 Consumer Tech 27 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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What can I do to either get the material or my money back?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin December 2020 elias_ralph said: Hi, I ordered a 1kg of Black PLA material that was shipped (according to order status) on Nov 11, 2020 and to this date Dec 1, 2020 I have not received it. There was no tracking number provided. What can I do to either get the material or my money back?  Greetings. We can look into this. What is your order number?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook elias_ralph ✭ December 2020 Order#: 141-WO-15041191 Thanks 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook elias_ralph ✭ December 2020 Any luck finding the package?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin December 2020 elias_ralph said: Any luck finding the package?  The package has shipped and seems to be at a FedEx facility, we will look into this further. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 825 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 87 Consumer Tech 27 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Make sure to stop in to Micro Center for all of your 3D printing and filament needs! Download Links TopCase.stl BottomCase.stl Suggested Print Settings (example using a 3D Printer): land PLA 1.75mm - color of your choice Filament Temperature - 210 Speed - 50m/x Layer Height - .2 Outer Walls - .8 Top Layers - 3 Infill - 13% Heated Bed first layer - 60 degrees Heated Bed all other layers - 50 degrees © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article 3D Printing Face Shields — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Consumer Tech › 3D Printing 3D Printing Face Shields ryau ✭✭✭✭✭ April 2020 edited April 2020 in 3D Printing Micro Center has been working with hundreds of healthcare professionals and organizations to help make a difference in the fight against COVID-19. Our fleet of 3D printers have been busy printing face shields based on the open source design by PRUSA Research (who has already printed and donated over 35,000!) to support local healthcare groups, and we've donated enough filament to produce approximately 6,000 face shields. Earlier this week our Micro Center Fairfax donated about 110lbs (50kbs) of PLA to Nova Labs in Virgina, who is supporting the Washington DC VA Medical Center. If you have a 3D printer and would also like to create and donate one of these face shields, you can get details and model files from PRUSA: https://www.prusaprinters.org/prints/27950-prusa-face-shield-us-version PRUSA has over 500 3D printers and are able to produce about 800 pieces per day. Our Micro Center community has a few thousand printers, and since these face shields cost less than $1 in filament, it's another great way to give back to your local communities. You may also want to sign up with Masksfordocs who can pair you up with local healthcare groups to make sure the right equipment goes to the right people. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments PhilDColumbus ✭ May 2020 I used 6 Ender 3 Pro 3D printers purchased at Microcenter and Inland PLA+ filament to make about 40 of these face shields based on the PRUSA design. The design worked well. Used acrylic sheet for the shield and elastic with 3D printed adjustment piece for the band. I donated them to Ohio Health. Check https://cantstopcolumbus.com/ for donation centers. 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook cyberhiker ✭ May 2020 I used my i3plus to create a bunch of face shields and ear savers to donate to a local assisted living facility. Not as nice as the Prusa design but I could print them a lot quicker and use less filament. :-) 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 827 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 88 Consumer Tech 28 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article 3D Printer for gift — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Consumer Tech › 3D Printing 3D Printer for gift sunmom ✭ November 2020 in 3D Printing I am looking to buy a 3D printer under $300, this is for my maker wife who can build, program and fix about anything - normally I would go to your store and get recommendations but I am avoiding going into stores.  I have done some research and see the Creality Pro is on sale and gets good reviews.  Would this be what you recommend?  Also what accessories would I want to buy besides filament to make it ready to go once she builds it? 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin November 2020 Hello @sunmom I'd have to agree that the Ender 3 Pro is an excellent choice. It's an amazing deal at its current price! The next step up for me would be the CR-10S, which is a bit more robust. However, it's a bit above your budget. Honestly, I don't think you can go wrong with the Ender 3. It's a great intro to 3D printing. I'd recommend some Isopropyl alcohol, a drywall scraper, and some pliers. For Filament, I'd recommend our PLA+ in the color of your choice! Let us know if you have any other questions or concerns! 3 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexPasseno Columbus OH Store Associate March 12 theres a reason all roads lead back to the ender 3 pro! its a wonderful starting point at that sub 300 dollar price point, you can even go for the v2 which is a similar machine with the glass bed and silent motherboard stock! as far as accessories go the great thing about 3d printers is they dont require much out the gate but id definitely look into getting a raspberry pi to get octoprint (a really nice wireless solution for your printers!) but past that a spool or two of PLA is enough to get you going! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 827 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 88 Consumer Tech 28 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article How early do they hand out vouchers for the cards? — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Graphics Cards How early do they hand out vouchers for the cards? machinist0613 ✭ April 5 in Graphics Cards This shortage is getting ridiculous. I have a 1050ti and was there in like November. Should have just bought a 2080 when I could have. Are Mondays good days to go? I woke up so early today but everything I am reading says tuesday-friday. Was there like two Mondays ago and I got there right around opening time. They said they already handed out 4 vouchers. 4! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin April 5 Greetings. I am sorry we would not have an exact time to provide you. We have seen most customers are going to the store before it opens to see if we have received shipments. Most often we seem to receive shipments on the weekdays. I'm unable to promise when we'll be receiving any new shipments or offer when to expect a shipment will be delivered, but it seems that most have success going in the morning before we open. Voucher information and other commonly asked questions & answers can be found at https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/7909/limited-availability-product-launch-faq 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Senate ✭ April 7 The one time I went there was 30ish people lined up at 4am. They started vouchers at 7am and handed the last one at 8am. There were still 6 people ahead of me at 8am. This was at the Tustin location. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin April 7 @Senate thanks for sharing your experience. I'm just curious, but since the one time at the Tustin store, have you been able to come across a GPU? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Senate ✭ April 7 No sir. Trying online retailers using discord notifications, close but no luck yet. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin April 7 @Senate sorry to hear that. Online depending on what card you are looking for, you may pay about $200 more online than local retailer for GPUs. If you are open to a 1650, see below. Otherwise you're already aware of the process for MC and GPUs. Anyway good luck to you. https://www.amazon.com/MSI-GTX-1650-OC-4GT/dp/B07ZTXYVMN/ref=asc_df_B07ZTXYVMN/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=397133308031&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=12783547513808680902&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9014879&hvtargid=pla-841186260449&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=80571461181&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=397133308031&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=12783547513808680902&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9014879&hvtargid=pla-841186260449 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook JohnMagee Columbus, Ohio Store Associate June 10 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/8237/how-early-do-they-hand-out-vouchers-for-the-cards @machinist0613 Hey there! The voucher system is really dependent on the store location. At the Columbus location, we have only done vouchers for launch days. We really have not used the vouchers since the initial launch. We now run on a first come, first serve basis. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 825 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 87 Consumer Tech 27 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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A: The Ender 3 Pro comes partially assembled. However, there will be some parts that need to be put together. All assembly is extensively documented and included with the product. Q: Can I use an SD card to print with this printer? A: Yes, you can use an SD card to print files from. Q: How do I print from an SD card? A: To print from an SD card, insert the SD card into the SD card slot at the front left of the printer. Choose Print from SD on the on-screen menu and then select the file you wish to print. Q: Can I print over my network? A: Officially the Ender 3 Pro does not support network printing. You can however use third-party software such as OctoPrint to enable wireless printing using a Raspberry Pi. You can find instructions for OctoPrint on the manufacturer's website. However, keep in mind this is not supported by the manufacturers of the printer. As such, Micro Center Tech Support is limited in troubleshooting anything concerning wireless printing if you run into issues with this. Q: Can I print with a USB cable? A: You can print via USB with a USB A cable to a USB Mini B cable. This cable is not included with the printer as printing via the SD card is the recommended method. However, you can pick up one of these cables at your local Micro Center. Q: Can I print with TPE / TPU or other flexible filaments? A: As this printer has a Bowden style extruder, it is not recommended to print with flexible filaments. Due to its design, it will typically end in a failed print and serious clogging of the extruder. Q: Does this printer automatically level the bed? A: There is no automation in the bed leveling. It must be done manually. To level the bed, select Prepare, then Auto Home. After the printer finishes homing, choose Prepare, then Disable Steppers. This will allow you to move the extruder assembly so that you can properly level the bed. Q: How do I level the bed after disabling the steppers? A: Move the extruder to the four corners of the bed one at a time. Push the extruder assembly as low as it will go towards the bed. You should be able to place a piece of printing paper in-between the nozzle and the bed with the nozzle lightly scratching the paper. Adjust the knobs underneath the bed as needed. There will be 4, one in each corner. Q: How do I load my filament? A: You can load your filament by selecting Prepare on the on-screen menu, then Preheat PLA, or Preheat ABS depending on which filament you are using. Next press and hold down the extruder level and insert your 1.75mm filament through the hole of the extruder. Continue feeding until you see filament come out of the nozzle. Q: I’m not using PLA or ABS, how do I load filament? A: If you need to select a different temperature to preheat the printer to, select Control on the on-screen menu, then Temperature, then Nozzle, and change this to the desired value. From there you will load the filament as normal. Q: How do I unload filament? A: Heat up the nozzle to the melting point of the filament you are using, press down the lever on the extruder, and pull the filament out quickly, ensuring you don’t let it cool down in the extruder and clog it. Q: I am using Cura, but I don’t see an option for the Ender 3 Pro, which printer do I select? A: You will need to select Creality CR-10. Change the Printer Name to Ender-3 Pro, and change the X and Y values to 220, and the Z value to 250. Q: What comes with the Ender 3 Pro? A: The Ender Pro 3 comes with pliers, an extra nozzle, an 8GB SD card, pneumatic fittings for your filament loading tube, cable ties, a blade to remove models from the bed, various Allen keys for construction and maintenance, a needle to remove difficult clogs from the nozzle, a wrench, screwdriver, rack for the filament spool, and a PTFE tube for guiding the filament into the hot end. Q: What is the magnetic bed that is advertised for this printer? A: The magnetic bed makes it much easier to remove prints. You can simply lift the bed off to remove your models. This makes it much easier to remove your prints and can make the bed last longer as you do not have to scrape off the models with the included blade. Q: Where can I purchase replacement magnetic beds for this printer? A: You can purchase replacement beds directly from Creality. Q: What Power Supply Unit (PSU) is included with this printer? Is it reliable? A: The power supply used with this printer is a Mean Well LRS-350-24. You can find exact specifications on this PSU on the manufacturer's website. It is advertised to fully preheat the printer within five minutes. Q: Can the Ender 3 Pro resume printing after powering it off? A: The Ender 3 Pro can resume printing after a loss of power. Whether your power goes out, or you simply need to pause and resume later, the Ender 3 Pro will remember the exact coordinates it was printing at last and will resume when power returns. Q: What upgrades are available for the Ender 3 Pro? A: There are quite a few upgrades you can purchase or simply print for the Ender 3 and Ender 3 Pro. Creality has put together a list of those on their website, and unless otherwise specified they will work for both the Ender 3 and Ender 3 Pro. Q: I want to upgrade to a glass bed. Is this possible? A: You can upgrade to a glass bed for the Ender 3 Pro directly from the manufacturer: https://www.creality3dofficial.com/products/creality-new-upgraded-heated-bed-build-plate-surface Q: Can I download the source code, documentation, and software for the Ender 3 Pro? A: The source code is available from the manufacturer's website at: https://www.creality.com/goods-detail/ender-3-pro-3d-printer Q: What is the URL for the manufacturer's website? A: As of the writing of this document, the manufacturer's website can be found at: https://creality.com/ © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Misplaced my receipt — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Store Information and Policy Misplaced my receipt jtorres2000 ✭ March 15 in Store Information and Policy Hello, I misplaced my receipt for my Ender 3 Pro and pla filament. Any way to retrieve it? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin March 15 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/7934/misplaced-my-receipt Hello, I have sent you an email regarding this. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 827 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 88 Consumer Tech 28 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article HOW TO make lithophanes — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › How to & Technical Guides › 3D Printers HOW TO make lithophanes AlexPasseno Columbus OH Store Associate June 9 in 3D Printers Lithophanes have been a popular gift since printers first came around and are achieved by turning a picture into a 3D model where the darker colors are represented by thicker areas and when you shine a light through it comes out as a faux-sepia toned picture! when making these i'll use this tool https://lithophanemaker.com/, cool white pla, as low of a layer height as my machine can go (typically .08mm), and a LOT of patience to get the best quality images possible 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 827 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 88 Consumer Tech 28 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Print Your Own Personal Protective Equipment! — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Consumer Tech › 3D Printing Print Your Own Personal Protective Equipment! ryau ✭✭✭✭✭ May 2020 edited May 2020 in 3D Printing By Andy Leer, Merchandise Manager @ Micro Center. With all of the recent events in the world, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) has become more and more essential to our everyday lives. Obtaining PPE can be quite difficult for the average person and even extremely difficult for our essential workers. Makers have recently turned their making skills to help with the production of PPE at home. Utilizing 3D printers, makers and DIYers have been 3D printing face shields and masks for hospitals, as well as creating other useful items such as ear savers and pocket sized tools that assist in contactless interactions with items such as doors, locks and buttons. We are seeing many people using this as an opportunity to jump into 3D printing or expand their existing printer farm. It is important to understand that there are a few types of 3D printing so that you make the right choice if you are looking to get into 3D printing. The most common type uses Fused Filament Fabrication of FFF for short. This form essentially acts as a smart glue gun that builds items up layer by layer using a material called filament. Growing in popularity, another form of 3D printing is  SLA or LCD Resin printing. These lower cost SLA printers use an LCD screen vs a laser to cure liquid resin. This type of printing can produce very fine results, but is often not a good use for larger functional pieces such as masks and shields.   The 3D Printer The Creality 3D printers have continually impressed us here at Micro Center and the popularity of the Ender 3 Pro has been outstanding. This printer, because of its straightforward nature, allows the user to easily modify and improve with simple prints. If you need a bed larger than the 220mm x 220mm x 230mm you can check out the larger CR-10s. The CR-10s boasts a 300mm x 300 mm x 400mm build volume which will allow you to produce more in the same run than it’s slightly smaller predecessor. Overall, the benefit to Creality printers is their community. There are so many forums, upgrades, and YouTube videos that you will be able to find any information you need should you run into an issue. The Filament Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol-modified or PETG for short has become increasing popular during the pandemic as it has a higher melting temperature which is suggested to be able to withstand a sterilization within a medical autoclave. For a more common and great starter material a lot of people turn to Poly-Lactic Acid, or PLA. This has been a popular material for a while now and is probably the most commonly printed with. This material, while having a lower melting point, would be best utilized for items around the house and not necessarily major mechanical parts. Printing shields and face masks with PLA is possible just as it is with PETG. Your results may vary based on the quality of the print and material.   Face Masks Don’t forget, if you don’t have a 3D printer, there are a number of other resources out there for making quick cloth masks as well! If you are using a 3D printer, here is an example of a design that we came across. Skill Level: Medium URL: https://copper3d.com/hackthepandemic/ Amount of Filament: 6.45m / ~ 51g Time Required: Roughly 5 Hours @ .2mm layer height Other Materials Needed: Elastic or other Strap material, and filter material, please see site for recommended materials. Tips/Advice: Its worth noting that 3D printed masks aren’t perfect and your mileage may very. Comfort may also be a consideration.   Face Shields Shields have by far been the most printed PPE during this epidemic. Makers and maker communitys and individuals from all around have stepped up to print this protective gear. Shields are typically composed of 3 parts. A 3d printed band to go around the forehead, a pieces of transparent plastic, often PETG, and a strap to go around the back of the head. Sometimes a secondary piece of plastic is made to go on the bottom of the transparent piece to help retain its shape. It can be difficult to obtain some of the secondary pieces so people have utilized overhead transparency sheets as well as rubber bands to make up the remaining 2 pieces. Small hooks have also been designed to clip onto a ball cap and then hold the transparent plastic in place.   Skill Level: Easy URL: https://www.prusaprinters.org/prints/28504-slim-rc3-us-with-comfort-features-plus-shield/files Amount of Filament: 10.18m / ~ 30g Time Required: Roughly 3 hours at .2mm layer height Other Materials Needed: Transparent Plastic Sheet, Elastic or Large Rubber band for strap Tips/Advice: Make sure to check with local groups to see what preferred model they are accepting as some groups have an approved model for their use case. Resources: Some additional items you may want to check out include: These would all be considered easier prints and use less filament per piece than the two above. Ear Savers: https://3dprint.nih.gov/discover/ear-saver CoVid Door/Button Tools: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4255283 Cloth Mask Strap Clips: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4294763 You may also want to sign up with Masksfordocs who can pair you up with local healthcare groups to make sure the right equipment goes to the right people. If you've 3D printed and/or donated any PPE, please share your donations and info about your printer and model files used.  2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments cyberhiker ✭ May 2020 The NIH 3D Printing Exchange is a good source of models that have been evaluated and approved for use by medical professionals and the general public.  Check with the group you are donating to for their preferred models. 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexPasseno Columbus OH Store Associate March 12 was fun factory lining these for months on end! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 827 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 88 Consumer Tech 28 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. 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See my bed leveling guide on an easy and reproduce able bed level method however that isn't always the issue, especially with warping outside of the bed not being close enough to the nozzle you do have to worry about temperatures, and that can change with any material (and yes the same material from different brands may even need tweaking) and generally best to talk to the vendor for proper bed temp settings and from there bump up your temperature 5-10 degrees every failed print, but you can also run into issues with the bed temp being too high, with pla when the bed temp is too high it'll start to warp up in the corners. another factor could be the external environment, typically this only comes to be an issue with ABS Nylon PC or other high temperature materials, but you want to always make sure your printer is in a room that's not too cold and doesn't have any kind of drafts blowing on it, if you this isn't an option for you look into picking up an enclosure (sku 137018) . 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 6.7K All Categories 1K The Blog 36 What's Trending 164 How to & Technical Guides 10 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 15 3D Printers 9 Maker 15 PC Build Guides 81 Reviews & Buying Guides 27 Build Showcase 13 Contests 35 Past Contests 827 The Community 1.7K General Discussion 104 New Members 88 Consumer Tech 28 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 75 Software 2 Audio/Visual 12 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 2 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 23 3D Printing 49 Retro Arcade/Gaming 80 All Other Tech 1.2K Store Information and Policy 49 Off Topic 5 Community Ideas & Feedback 111 Your Completed Builds 2.6K Build-Your-Own PC 1.7K Help Choosing Parts 220 Graphics Cards 161 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 61 Cases and Power Supplies 19 Air and Liquid Cooling 13 Monitors and Displays 29 Peripherals 9 All Other Parts 21 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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