To smoothen 3D printed PLA parts I need ethyl acetate. This is a pretty cheap solvent to synthesize but still to expensive to buy, so I would like to make it myself.
I have seen that ethanol and acetic acid are combined in a Fischer esterification with sulfuric acid as catalyst, then the solution gets distilled afterwards to yield ethyl acetate. I don't have sulfuric acid but I have:
- Ethanol 95% (with impurities to make it non consumable)
- Acetic acid 8%
Also, I don't really have to distillate the solution since the other chemicals don't harm the PLA. Will simply mixing these two solutions produce a little bit of ethyl acetate? And how can I maximize the yield?