MakerBot Filament | Flex Your Filament

Posted by on Monday, September 30, 2013 in Uncategorized


You may have glimpsed MakerBot® Flexible Filament when we posted about Francis Bitonti’s 3D printed Verlan Dress. Now MakerBot Flexible Filament for the MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D Printer is hitting the streets.

More flexible than MakerBot® PLA Filament and MakerBot® ABS Filament, MakerBot Flexible Filament creates new opportunities to stretch the limits of 3D printing. You can now make objects such as functional hinges, joints, and things that can be shaped to fit the body.

Polymer Bill, our mad advanced-materials scientist, tells us, “MakerBot Flexible Filament is super cool because it really increases the functional capabilities of 3D prints. I can’t wait to see what people make! And it doesn’t hurt that its low melting point means you’ll use less energy to heat it.”

MakerBot Flexible Filament’s low melting temperature of 60 degrees Celsius allows you to adjust your prints. For example, we heated this model of a human hand until it became translucent. In this state, MakerBot Flexible Filament gets smoother and becomes easily adjustable, maintaining your changes after it cools. We decided to teach this hand the symbol for “love” in American Sign Language.

Buy a spool and flex your 3D design muscles now.


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  • Andre
    October 1, 2013 at 11:08 am

    This is very interesting and has caught my attention. Does the filament, after it has printed, remain flexible or does it harden over time?

    • Jodie
      October 15, 2014 at 10:50 am

      Hi Andre – We’re glad this caught your eye! After your item has been printed with our Flexible Filament, it remains flexible! However, the material can be warmed to reshape its form. Please let us know if we can answer any other questions for you.

    October 1, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    One question: Dual printing with this material could be a really big winner; combining materials and yes precisely making hinges and movable flexible parts.

    Now I have worked a great deal with this piece of plastic (Caprolactone). It tends to get quite sticky when heated above 80 degrees C. At the same time: It is a really darn poor conductor of heat – it takes a long while to heat and a long time to cool.

    So I do find it interesting that You have managed to build a profile that holds it and allows it to be used in the replicator. 😉

    Can the software accept different profiles for each extruder? And don’t you risk heat moving from one 230c extruder to the other?

    Questions, questions.. 😉

  • NoneReply
    October 3, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Nice to see that MakerBot is really engaging their customers by responding to their questions on the blog.

    • Jodie
      October 7, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      Thanks for the acknowledgement! We’re listening and we’re determined to improve your MakerBot experience.

    October 14, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Hmm the spool is quite expensive, but if it work eve´n I may test one.

    • Jodie
      October 15, 2014 at 10:54 am

      If you sign up to join our MakerBot MakerClub, you can save 10% on your filament purchases! You can read more about it here:

  • Collin
    November 6, 2014 at 10:46 am

    I have a MakerBot Replicator 2, what setting should i use when printing with this flexible filament. So far whenever i try to print the filament doesn’t stick to the surface, it just curls up into a stringy ball. Please help

    • Jodie
      November 6, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Hi Collin – When printing with MakerBot PLA flexible filament you should always be sure to set your “material” in MakerBot Desktop’s Print Settings to MakerBot Flexible Filament. The key to preventing the filament from curling up is to make sure you level your build-plate precisely. Printing at a slower rate could also do the trick! Try these out and let us know if you see any differences.

  • Adam
    November 25, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Do you have a URL for the hand in the model? Would love to print it.


    • Jodie
      November 25, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      Hi Adam – You can find the Jewelry Hand model on Thingiverse here:

  • JR
    February 10, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Have a few questions:

    1.Which printers can use the flexible filament? Your online comparison doesn’t list it for any printer.
    2. Can Replicator 2X use flexible filament?
    3. Would the flexible filament adhere to ABS filament using a replicator 2X?

    Love your products!


    • Jodie
      February 11, 2015 at 11:49 am

      Hi JR – The MakerBot Flexible Filament is only compatible with the Replicator 2.


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