Hot End using an electric silicone gun?
January 27, 2012 09:33AM
Hi to everybody.
I'm new in this world and I'm attempting to start a Prusa Mendel project soon.
As I'm a student and the main limitation to develop it is money, I would like to be as DIY as possible.
But I have a big doubt with hot end. I have read all the wiki and some extra documentation, and I see that some hard-to-find pieces are needed to build it. And thinking of alternatives (as buying it on-line being my last option) I thought in use one of these electric silicone gun:
[www.aeromodelismoserpa.com]
I have one at home and the hole is 1.75 mm. Would the temperature that is used to melt silicone enough to melt PLA?
Has anyone tried it? Maybe is a silly idea, but I want to know your opinion.

Thanks a lot
Re: Hot End using an electric silicone gun?
January 27, 2012 11:22AM
Which hole is 1.75mm?

It its the output hole the prints would be very bulky, 0.5mm (nearly a 1/4 of the size) is the standard starting nozzle size with 0.3mm and lower being increasingly popular.


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Re: Hot End using an electric silicone gun?
January 27, 2012 01:48PM
Ok then, so it just won't work...
I'll keep looking for that pieces to try to build my own one.

Thanks
VDX
Re: Hot End using an electric silicone gun?
January 27, 2012 02:57PM
... look here: [objects.reprap.org]

This guy built a Fischertechnik-RepStrap around one of this glue-guns.

The used material is EVA and melts with lower temp than ABS, but should be enough for PLA ...


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