After buying your 3D Printer, your single most regular expense is likely going to be that much needed 3D printing nectar – Filament. The filament you decide to use is likely going to be one of the most important decisions you’re going to make. It’s very easy to suddenly become overwhelmed with the amount of choice.
The possibilities of choosing the wrong filament
- Pick the wrong/cheap filament and you could end up jamming your 3D Printer.
- You could cause a serious issue to occur with your extruder.
- As a consequence spend unnecessary amounts of time cleaning it up.
- It could cost you a print job!
All of the above can and likely will happen at some point. But, making sure to pick the right filament will help to lessen these potential problems.
HATCHBOX 3.00mm Black PLA 3D Printer Filament – 1kg Spool (2.2 lbs.) – Dimensional Accuracy +/- 0.03mm Hatchbox PLA 3D Printer Filament is a big seller on Amazon. It comes highly recommended by those in the know. A 1kg spool starts at about £21, which is good value considering the quality.
3D Prima Value PLA Filament also comes highly recommended. However, there are a few complaints about this one getting tangled as it is fed off the spool. There are cheap and quick fixes for this sort of issue, which can be found online easily enough. And this is something that can happen with any spool. For a 1.75 mm 1 kg Spool, you’ll be looking to pay around £19, good value and worthwhile for someone who has experience with the quirky nature of 3D Printing.
eSUN 3D Printer Filament is widely considered to be Hatchbox’s direct competitor. Again there are spool tangling issues with this one, again fixable in the same way. Available for around £19 depending on spool size, but great quality.
TIANSE Black 1.75mm PLA 3D Printer Filament Dimensional Accuracy +/- 0.03 mm 2.2 pound Spool Range comes very highly recommended. Available for about £15. It exceeds our expectations at the least. Price is great.
3D MARS PLA 3D PRINTER FILAMENT performs very well. Will cost around £19 for a spool. Print results are very smooth and the surface adhesion is right on the money. Good for printers that struggle with controlling temperature.
Do you have a favourite filament brand?
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So there you have it, these are five of our favourites. The Filament market is wide open and there are lots more to chose from, especially if you’re after a variety of colours. Overall though, we believe that these five are up there at the top and are hard to beat. Be sure to look into these when considering which filament to buy, and above all else, make an informed decision.
Happy Printing 🙂