Jump to content

The Fountain Pen Network uses (functional) cookies. Read the FPN Privacy Policy for more info.  To remove this message, please click here to accept the use of cookies


Registration on the Fountain Pen Network

Dearest Visitor of the little Fountain Pen Nut house on the digital prairie,

Due to the enormous influx of spammers, it is no longer possible to handle valditions in the traditional way. For registrations we therefore kindly and respectfully request you to send an email with your request to our especially created email address. This email address is register at fountainpennetwork dot com. Please include your desired user name, and after validation we will send you a return email containing the validation key, normally wiithin a week.

Thank you very much in advance!
The FPN Admin Team






Photo

Does Anyone Know If 3D Printed Plastics Are Harmful To Pens?

3d print pla damage

  • Please log in to reply
2 replies to this topic

#1 r3nekton

r3nekton

    Near Mint

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPip
  • 34 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 24 March 2019 - 16:13

Hi All,

 

I want to make myself a custom case/box for carrying around a couple of pens, ink, and a few other small items - not a display box, just something handy for filling up when I leave the house in the morning that will hold my things in a neat way, fit in my bag nicely, and easy to carry around by hand if my day takes me out of the office.

 

I 3d print a bit, so there's the natural temptation to use this as part of my solution - not necessarily 3d printing up a whole box, but buying something that gets me partway to what I want, and then printing parts to get the rest of the way. Naturally I could try making it in wood or something else, but I don't have easy access to woodworking tools where I am at the moment, and I do have easy access to a 3d printer.

 

Something I'm not sure about (and keen to work out first) is if anyone is aware of any issues with doing this? I know 3d printing plastics sometimes outgas a bit after printing for a little while, and fountain pens are made of acrylics and other materials which may or may not like that.

 

So - has anyone tried something like this and noticed any problems? Do fountain pens have issues with being stored in plastic boxes for long durations? Most pen boxes I see are wood, and pen cases are generally leather, but I'm not sure if this is purely aesthetic reasons or if there's more to it.

 

Thanks! 



Sponsored Content

#2 Driften

Driften

    Antique

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,010 posts
  • Location:Issaquah, WA
  • Flag:

Posted 25 March 2019 - 05:08

I have not seen any out gassing from the PLA I printed pen trays or boxes from. I did cover the tray in some of my boxes with cloth so that the layers in the print could not abrade against the pen body. I would think pla was softer then the pen but wanted to be sure. I have been using them about a year with no issues. I have a wood fill PLA 7 pen box, a standard PLA 5 pen box, and four 10 pen trays I custom fit to an 8X10 shadow box and a box meant to look like a book. I'm not happy with the boxes I printed, but the trays I printed for pre-made boxes worked perfect. 

 

You can look at the trays I made in this thread http://www.fountainp...ic#entry4017132



#3 r3nekton

r3nekton

    Near Mint

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPip
  • 34 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 25 March 2019 - 12:13

Thanks, this is exactly the kind of information I was hoping for - I would also not expect PLA to abrade but, as you have done, I was intending on putting a softer material over the top just to be on the safe side - the PLA would be a framework to build around.

 

The trays look great! I haven't decided on how I will design my box yet, this was more to check that it would not be a complete waste of time to make the attempt - now that I know the materials are most likely safe, I'll spend many hours prototyping and failing :)







Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: 3d print, pla, damage



Sponsored Content




|