FAQs

We highly recommend becoming a part of the Filastruder support forum at http://www.soliforum.com/forum/18/filastruder/

It's a great community and there's a lot of great info about the Filastruder on there. Most importantly, it's full of content, including independent verification of quality from Filastruder users. 

 

1. Do you offer a fully assembled version?

At this time, no. It is possible that a fully assembled version will be offered in the future, though.

2. What about 220/230/240 VAC?

The kits run on a auto-adjusting 110v-240v power supply. The output of the power supply is 12vdc.

3. What about colorants/masterbatch?

Typically, you use natural ABS with a colorant, or masterbatch, as it is called in the industry. Here's a picture of master batch pellets, and a few test prints using Filastruder filament:

So, you'd mix those pellets with the natural ABS pellets, usually at a 50:1 ratio, or whatever is specified by the manufacturer of the masterbatch. Then you get this:

You can get colorants (and ABS pellets for that matter), from some of our recommended suppliers.

4. Where can I buy ABS pellets?

Check out our partners - http://www.soliforum.com/topic/4195/polymer-suppliers/

5. Do you ship Internationally?

Yes we do.

6. What's the extrusion rate?

Typical Extrusion Rate: 5-8 hours per kilogram (2.2lbs) (10-36in/min, depending on diameter, material, and temperature) 
Extrusion Temperature: Room temperature to 260C. Limited by heater power for safety, to prevent thermal decomposition of polymers. Heater is rated for higher temperatures, details upon request.

7. How big is it?

18”x6”x4”  - It fits comfortably on a standard size work bench.

8. Is it loud?

The Filastruder produces about 55dBA @ 3ft. 

9. How much power does it take to run?

110-240VAC, 50/60Hz, 60 watts peak, 50 watts average. This results in a typical cost of 10 cents of electricity for each kg of filament produced.

10. What do I need assemble the kit?

Approximately 3 hours is required of you, as well as a basic hand tools. 

11. How does it work?

After setting the desired temperature for extrusion and allowing time to warm up, fill the hopper with pellets and colorant of your choice, and turn on the gearmotor. Plastic will begin extruding from the Filastruder, forming a pile on the floor to be spooled up later. The resulting filament can be wound onto a spool quickly and easily using a normal hand drill, or through a printed spool winder.