What glue to use?

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What glue to use?

Post: # 15428Post MrUrrutia
Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:33 pm

I'm working on the design of my first formicarium, going for the 3d print way so i can generate more sections as it is needed, I have on the past created designs composed of multiple parts printed separately and then or glued or bolted together and I will be using the same design process on the formicarium...

I have used 5 minute epoxy or Cyanoacrylate base "SuperGlue" (Dap RapidFuse wood adhesive) for the parts, I prefer to use the SuperGlue because it cures on 30 minutes and it's easier to work than epoxy, do you think that will be safe to use it on the assembly part if I let it cure for a couple of days/weeks before using it?

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Re: What glue to use?

Post: # 15429Post Batspiderfish
Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:43 pm

Ideally, you would use silicone.
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Re: What glue to use?

Post: # 15431Post MrUrrutia
Thu Dec 15, 2016 8:20 am

I guess that one option could be hot glue (like the one selling at hobby storrs for crafts) or just aquarium silicone as just suggest...

Probably hot glue will do good holding the screen on the firmucarium for the sponge and the acrylic piece on the top and for the connectors to the tubes i can use a really tight fit and silicone.

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Re: What glue to use?

Post: # 15432Post Batspiderfish
Thu Dec 15, 2016 8:35 am

Hot glue and moisture don't mix.
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Re: What glue to use?

Post: # 15433Post MrUrrutia
Thu Dec 15, 2016 11:39 am

Mmm... Man, so silicone its like the only safe option?

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Re: What glue to use?

Post: # 15438Post MadVampy
Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:16 pm

The 3d printed nest, what is it made of? PLA or ABS? If it's ABS you can use acetone to weld it together, just make sure you let it set a couple of days. Aquarium/food grade silicon is a good option just let it set up and gass out for at least 3 days.
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Re: What glue to use?

Post: # 15452Post MrUrrutia
Fri Dec 16, 2016 4:46 pm

I'm going to use PLA... I think that using silicone for the formicarium will work better because Cyanoacrylate will affect the clear acrylic, i will hate to get a nice print, good fit on the parts and then crappy acrylic with fogged areas on the formicarium and outworld because of the super glue!

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