How to choose a right 3D printer filament type?

I mean, this is usefull question. Why are you guys voting for close? It's not too broad, I formated it to be direct on topic.

Thanks afterwards.


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I believe the question can be considered "too broad" because you basically ask for the pros, cons and similarities of every filament that can be 3D-printed.

You last paragraph is a better question, since you here ask how to find the right filament for your cause. If that is really what you want to ask, you could try putting more emphasis on that specific question.

If what you actually want to know is what filament you should use for one specific application - for instance for a part that need to withstand physical stress - try asking about that instead.

In general, it can often be better to ask a question with a specific scenario - even a constructed case - than asking general questions.

Also, remember to always try getting your title as specific as possible, since that is the first impression users will get when the read your post!

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    $\begingroup$ Yes, essentially the author is inviting a long discussion about a broad topic. Even if someone could come up with a summary of the different filament types (nothing necessarily wrong with that), it doesn't actually answer a question in any definitive way. That's why Stack Exchange is often portrayed as "ask a question about a problem you actually have right now." $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 17:21
  • $\begingroup$ So, has someone edit suggestion? $\endgroup$
    – Josip Ivic
    Commented Feb 1, 2016 at 8:10
  • $\begingroup$ @JosipIvic, I believe this answer points out a few alternatives. The actual "new" question is up to you to find. :) $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 1, 2016 at 8:30
  • $\begingroup$ well, I don't want that question to be closed. $\endgroup$
    – Josip Ivic
    Commented Feb 1, 2016 at 9:08
  • $\begingroup$ @JosipIvic, in that case, I suggest you update the question (reformulate it so that it has to be answered very specifically), and then request for it to be reopened! $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 1, 2016 at 9:16
  • $\begingroup$ I've edited it. Maybe now? $\endgroup$
    – Josip Ivic
    Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 9:56
  • $\begingroup$ I now agree that it is a much better question. It is still fairly generic, but also possible to answer in a Q&A format. However, this exact same question has in fact already been raised before. It is therefore very well possible that your edit will be marked as a duplicate instead! :-) 3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/5/… $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 10:14
  • $\begingroup$ So my question to you then is: could you try to rephrase it to not be a duplicate of the question linked above, perhaps by making the question even more application specific? Or, on the other hand, why do you think the question linked does not answer your edited question? Such things might be worth specifying in your question as well! :-) $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 10:18

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