FDM Printers


All of our printers use 1.75mm filament.

We store most of our filament in the Rockstar fridge. The compressor on the fridge is disabled and there are a ton of silica packets in there, so it helps make for a dry, dust-free environment. We have mostly PLA, some ABS, a little PETG, and maybe one or two spools of other specialty filamnt (TPU, Carbon Fiber, etc). Filament in the fridge is pretty much up for grabs unless someone's name is on it. As with all consumables in the space, don't be a jerk – if you use a ton of filament, please help replace some.



We've mostly standardized on Creality printers – this isn't by any policy, but Creality's printers are generally pretty decent, inexpensive compared to other brands, and very hackable.

  • Bambu P1S (with AMS)
  • Creality Ender 5 S1 (with Sonic Pad)
  • Creality Ender 5 (with BLTouch)
  • Creality Ender 3 Pro (× 2)

We also have several other printers that need some amount of T.L.C. before they're usable. We may be willing to let these go to a good home if anyone were to ask nicely enough.


Drying Filament

It's important to make sure your filament is dry before printing, as filament that has absorbed moisture can be very brittle and will print poorly. There is a filament dryer at the space and here are some times and temperatures to use for various filament materials commonly used:

ABS60°C (140°F)3
ASA80°C (175°F)4
PETG55°C (130°F)6
PLA45°C (115°F)6

Set up BLTouch in Cura

Our Ender 5 has a BLTouch bed probe installed which needs to be enabled in the printer profile in Cura. After adding the Ender 5 printer, open the machine settings. After the G28 command, add a G29 to enable the bed probe at the start of each print.

Screenshot of Cura Machine Settings for BLTouch



3D Models

FDM Printers was last modified by Derek Payton on June 20, 2024, 2 p.m.