Creating ABS Glue

ABS glue is one of the strongest adhesives that you can implement to the 3D printing process. Who should use ABS glue with their printer? Anyone who is having extreme difficulties with prints not sticking or severe print lifting.

Attention: You should do this at your own risk, this information is provided for educational purposes only. By reading this page, you understand that Solidoodle can not be held responsible for any misuse or damages caused by following this procedure.

Pro Tip: Acetone is caustic, be extremely careful when handling this stuff. Do not inhale acetone fumes and NEVER attempt to heat up the acetone on a stove or similar burner. If you would like to encourage faster disolving of the ABS, place the jar outside, in direct sunlight, for several days; the lid should be securely attached.

The materials that you will need include:

  • Commercial grade Acetone.
  • A Mason Jar or similar container.
  • 1/2 Meter of ABS filament.

The process is easy, make sure to do this procedure in a well ventilated area. Simply pour acetone into a Mason Jar to the desired amount. We suggest roughly half way up or less. Next, cut the length of filament into little pieces and dump them into the jar with the acetone in it. Now screw on the lid to the Mason jar and wait for the filament to dissolve into the acetone. This may take anywhere from a day to up to a week or two. You can change the viscosity of the ABS glue by adding or removing acetone.

You can apply your ABS glue to your printer's build surface with a modestly sized paint brush.

Be safe everyone.

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