Printing with engineering materials commonly faces these issues:
The state of AMS desiccant:
When printing carbon fiber or glass fiber-reinforced engineering materials like PA-CF/GF, PAHT-CF/GF and PET-CF/GF, avoid using a 0.2 mm nozzle to minimize the risk of clogging. Increasing nozzle diameter from 0.4 mm to 0.6 mm and then to 0.8 mm sequentially reduces printing precision, but it also decreases the likelihood of clogging. Therefore, the recommended nozzle sizes are 0.6 mm as the primary choice and 0.4 mm as the secondary choice (with a suggested layer height between 0.15 and 0.3 mm, and a maximum printing speed of approximately 100 mm/s). Before using these materials, set the nozzle temperature to 280 °C, and clean the nozzle interior using an Allen key and needle to reduce the risk of clogging during printing.
Do the same if the nozzle gets clogged during printing, and make sure the inside of the nozzle is clean before the next printing. If the nozzle is clogged, please refer to Nozzle clogs | Bambu Lab Wiki to clean it.
When the time of printing each layer is too long, these materials' Z direction bonding will get weak and the small models will be no longer strong(the previous layer has been over-cooled). So, when you need to print many small models, you should assemble them into different groups and print by object(default setting is by layer), and maybe on different plates, rather than put them on the same plate and print by layer.
4. To strengthen your models printed with PA-CF or other CF or GF reinforced engineering filaments, you'd better get them annealed at about 80 °C for 8 hours after printing. And the best annealing temperature of Bambu PA-CF, PET-CF, and PAHT-CF is 120 to 130 ℃ (5 - 8 hours). After that, the comprehensive mechanical properties can be improved by about 10% to 20%: the annealing effect depends on the annealing temperature and time, the size and structure of the model itself, the filling density, the wall loops and other printing settings; please note that some models may shrink and warp after annealing.
5. When printing a model with support, it is necessary to remove the support structure within 2 hours to prevent it from being difficult to remove after being damp and softened, especially for Nylon (PA) such as PA-CF and PA6-CF which tend to absorb water. If it is difficult to remove the support because the prints have been placed for too long, please dry them, let them cool down, and then remove the support in time.
6. PA, PA-CF, PAHT-CF, PA-GF, and other PA (Nylon) materials have relatively strong water absorption capacity, and after being used in humid air or water for a period of time, their strength and stiffness may decrease to varying degrees due to absorbing water—become soft, especially for thin, slender and long prints; so, if the using scenario of the prints requires very high strength and stiffness, please avoid them. At the same time, these materials usually become tougher and more resistant to impacts, drops, and collisions when they get damp; so, if the scenario of the prints requires only moderate and not very high strength and stiffness, you can make the prints get dampened and softened before use. In addition, fully impregnating the surface of these materials‘ products with paint, wax, and other water-proof coatings can inhibit them from absorbing water and getting soft.
7. Note that when drying filaments and annealing printed models, it is recommended to use devices that can provide uniform temperatures, such as a Blast drying oven, and do not use microwave ovens or household ovens. Avoid too strong force or uneven heating (away from the oven's heating area), to avoid damage to the filament, spool, or model due to local overload and or overheating. To know more about the filament dry, please refer to Filament preparation -- Dry.
1. Generally, the higher the infill density is, the greater the strength and material consumption will be. To keep a balance between strength and material consumption, the Strength Presetting(6 Wall loops and 25% infill density) is highly suggested when printing big models that are expected to withstand high loads. Of course, if you can accept more material consumption, you can manually set a higher infill density for greater strength.
2. In general, ABS, ASA, PC and PA are prone to warp due to their own properties., so some measures need to be taken to minimize the warping. If the model size is large and the infill rate is set high, e.g. 60% (default is 15%), and warping occurs at the bottom of the model, you can adjust the infill rate appropriately. In addition, the infill pattern with more straight lines is more likely to cause shrinkage, you can change the infill pattern to spiral to reduce the risk of shrinkage. For some structural parts with high strength requirements, you can set 5 loops of walls and 25% infill rate, and try to avoid using more than 50% infill rate to reduce the tendency of shrinkage; for most non-structural parts with low strength requirements, you can directly choose the default 2 loops of walls and 15% infill rate. To get more details, you may refer to Common print quality problems and solutions.