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Favourite filament?

Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:54 am
by Ariel
Out of curiousity, what are some of your people's favourite filaments? And why?

Mine are Colorfabb's PLA/PHA(so nice to print with, wondering how it will do with the diamond hotend mixing) and Polyalchemy's Elixir Blend(looks sooo nice! and its strong, a pain to print with if your temp is 3c off)

Re: Favourite filament?

Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:23 pm
by oakdesign
As I'm quite new I don't have much experience but before I ordered my first spools I went through Thomas Filaween Series.
In the last 3 weeks I have already used PLA and PETG from http://dasfilament.de and both were very easy to use. Because PETG is not that brittle as PLA and I'm printing parts that need to hold up some mechanical strength PETG is my favorite so far.
Next week I'll start to try out Nylon starting with Taulman Bridge.

Regards Richard

Re: Favourite filament?

Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:30 pm
by gertlind
Im almost only use eSun PETg and PLA + Preminum.

Re: Favourite filament?

Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:45 am
by LKM
I'm ordering a lot from eumakers these days, simply because they have an amazing color selection. Their bright colors are really, really bright and look amazing, but they also have a huge range of more muted, natural colors. Their spools are an odd size, but somewhat weirdly, they send a small spool mount with every spool...

http://www.eumakers.com

Re: Favourite filament?

Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:47 am
by LakeWaconia
After trying many different filaments at different price points, I've settled on the following:
  • Hatchbox for PLA, ABS and PETG
    Taulmann for Nylon
I have NEVER had an extruder jam with these filaments on any of my 5 different printers after hundreds of hours on each. Prior to this, extruder jamming was a regular occurrence.

Re: Favourite filament?

Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:19 am
by ChiggerPepi
Gizmo Dorks HIPS

It prints like ABS, but doesn't smell bad. If you use ABS, it's a major upgrade.

Re: Favourite filament?

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:45 pm
by MikeOToole
One thing for certain, you don't have to pay big money to get quality prints, or to put it another way, filament cost might not (doesn't) reflect print quality.

Having said that, I have tuned in the printer setting for all the filaments to such a degree that quality is excellent and pretty even across the board but even so, a *€10/20 cheap filament is marginally better than the others...

History:
I'm new to 3D printing, have only been printing for a few months...
To date I purchased six different filaments from six different suppliers (five branded and one unbranded)...
I've paid between €10 and €60 for 4 PLA and 2 PETG (*note the €10 filament was on a flash sale, normal price is €20 and it is unbranded)...

As I said, all the printer settings are tuned in for these filaments and the print quality for all of them is excellent but I still think the best quality prints came from the €10 PLA filament. We are all biased to one degree or another and my finding might be because I paid less but still... absolutely no stringing, perfect overhangs and stronger that other ABS results... it doesn't compute...

Update:
Went back to the site for more but none of the remaining filaments match the colour or the design of the reel (the only things I have to go on)...

Re: Favourite filament?

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:00 pm
by Mozella
gertlind wrote:
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:30 pm
Im almost only use eSun PETg and PLA + Preminum.
Me too. I'm brand new to 3D printing and started out with eSun PLA Plus (also known as PLA-Pro) just by luck. I also purchased some of their PTEg. I expected the PLA to be easy to use, but brittle and not very strong. I was WRONG.

The eSun PLA Plus is not brittle at all and is actually very tough. I've done less printing with the PETg and I admit that I haven't done any scientific strength testing, but I can say that the only part which has suffered a structural failure has been one made from PETg. My PLA-Plus parts are really robust and when I attempt to break any of my reject parts I'm very impressed with how difficult they are to break.

A machinist friend, not familiar with 3d printing, agrees with me that the PLA-Plus parts are impressive when attempting to break them and "brittle" is the last word you would use to describe them.

Frankly, it may be a while before I start shopping around for an alternative general-purpose filament. I just finished up printing an automatic case feeder for my ammunition reloading press. There are many parts to this project some of which slide and require good dimensional accuracy. Some require both strength and stiffness. Some require good thread holding ability. And a couple of parts are best printed as tall skinny tubes which made this beginner a bit nervous. In every instance the eSun PLA-Plus did the job and not once did I consider an alternative filament.

In addition this product is offered in many colors, it's not very expensive, and I can get it quickly using my Amazon Prime account. I'm a curious guy and I like experimenting, but to tell the truth I can't convince myself to start trying a bunch of different filament brands. I'm sure I'll branch out to transparent products and flexible plastics, but for general-purpose printing I'm really happy with the eSun PLA-Plus.

Re: Favourite filament?

Posted: Sat May 05, 2018 4:22 am
by JoseKAdams(SEOExpert)
The printer is fitted with an innovative calibration system which makes sure that the platform is leveled correctly every time. There are calibrating points located on the platform itself which calculate its exact position. The system is able to determine on which level the calibrating points should be located. In the case of a slight tilt the extruder is able to adapt to the position of the platform while it’s putting on the first layers of the model.

Re: Favourite filament?

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 4:29 pm
by pwb29
Since my recent start I stayed at the PLA and after several tests I found a supplier gives me satisfaction.
With the construction of my new machine, I was recommended to use PETG. After a first inconclusive test (many threads) I found a more flexible model ( Das Filament) with pretty colors. :)