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    Have you tried using this wax filament as a support material for PLA, using a dual extruder machine? So far, most people don't seem to be having much luck getting PVA to work with it, but it's not too hard to dissolve wax in hot water. If it worked, there would be a large market for it.

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    Not meaning to hijack the thread but whats this you say about pva? I just got my dual extruder and bought a half kg spool of pva for support. I tried to look up info about pva here but you can't search for pva here, search won't let you.

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    PVA has potential as a support material, but the reports I've heard (I haven't tried it myself) indicate that it won't stick to PLA, so it doesn't work too well as a support for that material. Apparently people have had more success using it with ABS. If you try either of these things, please report back and tell us what worked for you. But yes, it would be best to start a new discussion thread for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by awerby View Post
    Have you tried using this wax filament as a support material for PLA, using a dual extruder machine? So far, most people don't seem to be having much luck getting PVA to work with it, but it's not too hard to dissolve wax in hot water. If it worked, there would be a large market for it.

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    Using the wax for a support material has been an afterthought, but it has not been tested for that yet. I am in the middle of converting the D4S we are using for testing into a dual E3DV6 bowden. I got my final parts, and should be able to assemble tomorrow. I think I may test for this once I get it back together. I will post the results when I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LambdaFF View Post
    Your product is interesting. Let me know when commercialised.
    We recently added 10 meter coils, and 1 lb. spools to our website. http://www.machinablewax.com/product.php?product=52

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wes@MachWax View Post
    We recently added 10 meter coils, and 1 lb. spools to our website. http://www.machinablewax.com/product.php?product=52
    Thank you for getting back to me. I hope you find a reseller in Europe : for a hobbyist it is difficult to admit to pay more in shipping than in product. I'd love to try it though. My brother keeps asking me to do a lost wax cast project together for the summer holidays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LambdaFF View Post
    Thank you for getting back to me. I hope you find a reseller in Europe : for a hobbyist it is difficult to admit to pay more in shipping than in product. I'd love to try it though. My brother keeps asking me to do a lost wax cast project together for the summer holidays.
    If you like, I could edit the price for you to make it cost more than shipping! lol, j/k! Understandable.

    For the sample packs, the bulk of the cost is the shipping by design. The remaining few dollars may cover the material/packaging cost, but definitely not the time, and energy it takes to extrude the wax into filament. We just want people to be able to test it for themselves so they can see first hand how much better this material is for casting than plastic.

    Maybe we will have a European distributor at a later date, but for now everything ships from the US.

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    wrong way round pva sticks to pla but not to abs.

    And yep, those prices are way out of my wallet zone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curious aardvark View Post
    wrong way round pva sticks to pla but not to abs.

    And yep, those prices are way out of my wallet zone.
    I attempted to test for using the wax as support, but I still need to the nozzle heights. They are off enough to cause issue. I have been more focused on other things, so I will revisit that later.

    Please keep in mind that the price includes shipping charges. Also, every ingredient, including the plastic spools are made in America.

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    The price seems extraordinarily high. $50 for 450g? And I thought $54.38 for 750g of BrassFill was a bit steep.

    So much for this as a potential filler or support material.

    And its a shame its only available in 1.75mm. Plans for 3mm?

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