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Planning Filament Use For 3D Printing Jobs: Calculator & Slicer Guide Launched

Functionalize has released a new guide covering how much filament is needed during the 3D printing process - allowing modelers to more effectively reduce plastic waste.

Even with filament calculators, determining material needs for 3D printing remains an inexact science. The new guide explains how these tools provide initial estimates, but real-world variables quickly complicate matters. Modelers should account for test runs, failed prints, errors, and other potential setbacks.

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One difficulty with trying to calculate filament use is that many hobbyists, business owners, and modelers do not feel comfortable with using formulas with a volumetric approach. The process requires calculating geometric volume and thinking through conversions to get an estimated weight. A second option listed in Functionalize's latest guide is to estimate filament use with a slicer.

Slicing software converts 3D models into printer instructions, providing estimates on print time, material usage, and other key data. While extremely helpful, these estimates do not account for all variables. Filament density, print speed, infill percentage, and other settings impact material requirements - and even slight inaccuracies can leave users with failed prints when filament runs out prematurely.

Filament comes in spools of ABS, PLA, PETG, nylon, and various other materials, and each has different properties suitable for specific applications. For example, Functionalize explains that ABS is often used for mechanical parts due to its durability while PLA works well for detailed prints. Determining how much is needed for a project depends on the size and complexity of the design. The guide covers specific lengths for each to assist with accurate forecasting.

Functionalize also offers practical tips for both minimal waste and avoiding unexpected downtime. It offers strategies for using up leftovers, such as fixing imperfections in finished models. If there is no use for excess material, it can be taken to a 3D store for recycling.

A spokesperson states: "There are a lot of attributes that can waste your stock of spools, such as margin of error, filament loading, print speed, and other possibilities that are sometimes unavoidable. With our guide, you can better understand your filament requirements."

The Functionalize site is continually updated with guides, resources, and instructional articles for modeling enthusiasts of all experience levels.

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