3D printing in a tank

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    Hi everyone, So I run my own 3D printing company and I was curious if anyone has used a 3d printed object in their tanks for an extended time?

    I want to know if there would be any dangerous leaks off the plastic that would be harmful for an aquarium?

    Thanks!
     
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    What plastic are you using? If it is PTFE that is food grade it will be fine. Otherwise I wouldn't risk it.
     
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    HD,PP, PVC are used in tank equipment all the time.
     
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    Want about ABS or PLA, these are the main materials I print with?
     
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    ABS should be OK
     
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    I suppose if it is virgin ABS filament you should be ok, but be careful if you are using recycled ABS- these could have toxins that get included via the recycling process.

    What is the max size you guys print?

    Later Ferdie
     
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    Thanks, I'm definitely going to print some stuff to use in my tank.

    I can do a 20 cm cube so whatever you can fit within that, the max length diagonally is about 28 cm.
     
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    So I've started 3D printing objects to use in my RCS tank, I thought I'd use this thread to show what Ive been printing and how it works in my aquarium for those that are interested.

    The first thing I printed was a feeding dish for my shrimps that suction cups onto the side of a tank. IMG-20170322-WA0003.jpg IMG-20170322-WA0002.jpg IMG-20170322-WA0004.jpg IMG-20170322-WA0001.jpg
     
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    very cool ...
     
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    You can make some buks here
    I want one of those trays

    :)
     
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    Can you 3D print me some shrimp :) ha ha ha

    Nice job on the feeding dish. Is it warped out of shape or is that just the pic?
     
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    Haha I see what you mean, no its perfectly round, the picture must of just been compressed
     
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