Filament Brand Preferences and Resellers

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  1. CaptNumbNutz

    CaptNumbNutz My Cannon Balls Sunk My Fail Ship

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    What brand filaments do you like to use for each type (PLA, ABS, PETG, etc.) and where do you like to purchase from.

    I've read sometimes filament can make or break a print.

    Any thoughts? Temperature suggestions for particular brands?
     
  2. Supercharged_Z06

    Supercharged_Z06 [H]ard|Gawd

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    Just be sure to stay away from Makergeeks.

    Ordered $100 worth of filament from them. They charged my card... I waited a month. Nothing. Tried to contact them, nothing. After 6 weeks, tried contacting them again and finally got an email back saying they were so sorry and that they would immediately send me a refund. Waited another 2 weeks, still nothing. Finally had to dispute the charge with my CC company to get my money back. Seems they are a very hit and miss outfit... in that they hit your credit card, but miss on shipping you anything.

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  3. Supercharged_Z06

    Supercharged_Z06 [H]ard|Gawd

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    I've found that PLA is universally the most reliable and easiest to print with. Great for indoor stuff, but PLA isn’t all that great for anything that is going to be used outside or in a hot environment (like a car) as it will deform quite readily if left out in the sun.

    I typically purchase filament from my local Microcenter as they have pretty good prices/selection. Inland, eSun, etc. at anywhere from $12-16 a reel. The brand I like best is HatchBox, but I mostly buy it off of Amazon. I've switched/experimented with PLA, ABS and some Nylon. Also tried PETG, but not very happy with it - either lots of stringing or a really rough texture as I guess I just haven't found the perfect temp for it yet. As for temps in general , I usually go with whatever is towards the middle of the range as to recommendation by the manufacturer (what's on the filament reel's label) and have had good success. Even between brands of the same kind of material, some run a lot hotter or cooler as to recommended temps, so I usually never just use one temp for one kind of material, but move it around depending on label recommendation. I also experiment with very small prints first to dial in the best temp for a given material the first time I am using it.
     
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  4. KarsusTG

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    For PLA I just use Hatchbox because it's cheap and reliable. For ABS I typically use IC3D, but will use Hatchbox if I need to, or if I need to run several early runs to get it right before the final print. I print primarily with abs though.
     
  5. SockMan!

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    I like eSun for ABS, PC, and Nylon filaments; it's good enough for the stuff I print and sells for a reasonable price. I don't print PLA, and I never got good results with eSun PETG.

    For temperature, I usually just stick to the middle of the recommendation for my filament then adjust from there - though I tend to adjust upward for supposedly better layer adhesion.
     
  6. Crispy002

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    Hatchbox ABS and PETG is great. The trick with PETG is to print very slowly. I've generally had better results with transparent colors instead of opaque, but it's tough for me to accept that the colorant could make such a difference.
     
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  8. magictoaster

    magictoaster Limp Gawd

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    I'm mostly using PLA, from Materio3D (made in Canada). A sample (1Kg spool) is provided by Voxel Factory when purchasing the Original RepRap Prusa i3 from them. It has been working great so far!