New material for the classroom 3d printer: Taulman 618

In the next few days we will start working with Taulman 618 3d printing filament.  We’ve been working with ABS for about three years now and are excited to try out some new material.

This nylon based material offers several features to the designer that will expand the type of work my students can create.  In addition to being a low or no fume product, Taulman 618 also promises to be either smooth like a bushing, strong and rigid or flexible like a spring.  It’s the latter property that we will explore first.  The research that I’ve done indicates that a functioning spring can be printed with Taulman 618.  I’ve already got some project ideas for this new material.  Stay tuned for our experiences with Taulman 618 and tips for success.

This video shows the flexibility of the material after it has been printed.

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