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Table 5 The list of ME printer settings taken into consideration during the fabrication of the polymer–textile composites

From: Development and testing of material extrusion additive manufactured polymer–textile composites

Printer parameters List of variables Settings or suggestions Refs.
Z-distance Build platform to extrusion nozzle Calibrate the optimum Z-height through first layer calibration Grimmelsmann et al. (2018), Prusa3D (2018)
Build platform to extrusion nozzle adding fabric thickness Multiple first layer calibration and preliminary printing tests results given that the optimum Z-height increment is by adding halved of the fabric thickness. (i.e. increment between + 0.05 mm and + 0.07 mm for fabric thickness of 0.15 mm). This is applicable when using mid-weight to heavy-weight and textured textile substrates Sanatgar et al. (2017), Spahiu et al. (2017)
Printing temperature Nozzle temperature Increase 5 °C to 10 °C on top of suggested temperature by manufacturer
Build platform temperature As suggested by manufacturer
Layer height First layer 0.2 mm
Subsequent layer 0.1 mm
Printing speed First layer 20 mm/s
Perimeters 45 mm/s
Fill Pattern Rectilinear
Angle 0°; solid infill threshold area 90°
Density 100%
Extrusion width (nozzle diameter: 0.4 mm) First layer 0.42 mm
Subsequent layer 0.45 mm
Flow rate N/A 100%
Surface Build platform PEI sheet, blue painter’s tape, Build Tak, flex plate, Magigoo or heated glass Loh et al. (2020)