The Difference Between Extruder and Melt Temperature
The temperature recommendations for 3D Printer Filaments are set according to Extruder temperature, not melt temperature. The temperature that the Extruder of a 3D Printer needs to reach to successfully Print with a Filament that needs to be heated is usually about 100° Celcius/Fahrenheit higher than the temperature the Filament will begin to melt at. When buying your 3D Printer and/or 3D Printer Filament make sure that the temperature specifications you are looking at are for the Print/Extruder temperature of the 3D Printer and Filament, not the general operating temperature for the Printer and melt temperature of the Filament. You should be especially cautious if you have a PLA-Only Printer and want to experiment with some other eco-friendly Filaments as most of them require an Extruder temperature higher than what most PLA-Only Printers can handle.