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Filament brands
« on: August 29, 2017, 05:15:14 AM »
When I purchased my Monoprice Maker Select I got 6 spools of their branded PLA.

It works great, never had a single issue with it.

I've also used Hatchbox filament from Amazon and it works perfect too.

This past week I got a spool of unknown origin from eBay and it's garbage. It's just really stringy, no matter what temperature and has problems sticking. I can only get it to work if I use a raft and go really slow on the first layer and then just accept some stringing. Oh, and it sounds like rice krispies going through the extruder so full of air bubbles or damp. So yeah, buy cheap get poor results - not surprised and won't do it again.

I am interested if anyone has used the other low cost options on Amazon, like Sunlu, 3DMars or TIANSE?

I just ordered a spool of Sunlu and 3DMars so will know soon (Prime delivery today for one and tomorrow on the other) but of course I can return them if they suck and stick with what I know works.

The 3DMars is their 12% wood-infused product that can supposedly be sanded and stained like wood so that will be fun.

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Re: Filament brands
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2017, 05:55:23 AM »
I have not tried those brands, but I bought some Inland PLA from Microcenter for $15/spool. So far, that is all I have been using.

I made something for my neighbor and he said thanks by buying me a new spool of black PLA on Amazon. I don't know the brand but it was something around $20. I will have to ask him what brand it is and report back. It has not been opened yet.

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And about the Inland. So, far, I am very happy with the results for the price. I am sure there is a lot better out there, but between three different spool/colors, everything stays pretty consistent.
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Re: Filament brands
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2017, 07:17:30 AM »
Thanks. Inland is $14-15 on Amazon and same day delivery so I will check it out.

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Re: Filament brands
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2017, 07:31:33 AM »
It would be nice to have a sticky entry so when someone has success/failure with a brand they can log it.
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Re: Filament brands
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2017, 07:37:27 AM »
Thanks. Inland is $14-15 on Amazon and same day delivery so I will check it out.

I use it at 205 C for nozzle and 60 C for bed and it works decently. I used to use 195 C and would get bad results.
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Re: Filament brands
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2017, 07:41:44 AM »
I can add one more, I purchased Soft PLA from diyinks on ebay. It was listed as "Premium WYZ 3D Printer Filament".

It prints really well and you can vary it's "softness" by changing the infill %. I've used it for everything from bracelets to RC buggy tyres.

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Re: Filament brands
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2017, 07:44:01 AM »
I use it at 205 C for nozzle and 60 C for bed and it works decently. I used to use 195 C and would get bad results.

OK, good to know as I usually run at lower temps.

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Re: Filament brands
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2017, 07:49:46 AM »
Inland filament suggest 205-225. So this is on the low end
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Re: Filament brands
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2017, 08:26:30 AM »
I use esun and shaxon.  They are both carried by Frys electronics so I can just go get some on a whim.  They seem to work well.  I had one roll that wouldnt print.  Turned out that it was a little narrow and I needed to turn up my extrusion multiplier. 
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Re: Filament brands
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2017, 09:07:23 AM »
I suspect that temperatures are somewhat machine dependent. 205 is quite hot on mine, 195 works best. Perhaps the phase of the moon might change everything.
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Re: Filament brands
« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2017, 09:15:16 AM »
I just spent three days with the engineer that prints scale model automobile engines. His name is Eric Harrell (https://www.thingiverse.com/ericthepoolboy/about). He uses Hatchbox almost exclusively. Take a look at his results.
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Re: Filament brands
« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2017, 12:31:38 PM »
I have also been happy with Hatchbox PLA. I use 205C to 208C on blue tape.
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Re: Filament brands
« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2017, 04:12:36 PM »
I tested the SUNLU today and it worked great. The color is extremely vivid which is what I wanted so overall very happy.

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Re: Filament brands
« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2017, 04:34:31 PM »
I tested the SUNLU today and it worked great. The color is extremely vivid which is what I wanted so overall very happy.

How much?
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Re: Filament brands
« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2017, 06:08:05 PM »
How much?

The basic colors were $15 and the rest $17, but prices vary on Amazon from hour to hour.