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rachel
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I've been using my MK3S printers for a business, and I'm getting tired of changing the filament all the time.  Could anyone recommend a source of large PLA or PETG spools?  Quality is important--one bad print costs more in labour than five prints worth of filament.  Colours don't really matter.  Shipping to USA.

Thanks!

Posted : 02/04/2021 8:16 pm
ssill2
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Try these guys

https://atomicfilament.com/collections/3-5kg-jumbo-rolls

Posted : 02/04/2021 8:22 pm
ssill2
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I've been looking at these guys to have a good local made in usa filament for my standard colors.

Posted : 02/04/2021 8:42 pm
Swiss_Cheese
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MatterHackers also offers Large spools In 3kg , 5lb and 10lb spools all US based

 

https://www.matterhackers.com/store/c/10lb-filament-spools?filters=APJ1Z,T4CKY,ZS5N7

 

PETG,ABS,PLA you name it.

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Posted : 02/04/2021 11:40 pm
ssill2
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@swiss_cheese

Oh good to know!  thank you again sir!

Posted : 02/04/2021 11:41 pm
Swiss_Cheese
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your welcome ssill2 : )

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Posted : 02/04/2021 11:43 pm
Swiss_Cheese
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I guess rachel decided to take a vacation.

 

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Posted : 07/04/2021 2:01 am
ssill2
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Maybe so.  Those are definitely big spools.  Not sure I'd want to try anything that large.  One of my printers has the MMU2S on it and I worry about loading issues with a 1kg fresh spool.

Posted : 07/04/2021 2:04 am
rachel
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No vacation; just recovering from a vaccine.  I bought this one:

https://atomicfilament.com/collections/3-5kg-jumbo-rolls/products/3-5kg-clear-natural-pla-filament-no-yellow-hue

I have a bar mounted above the printers, so I'm not worried about the load.  The greater distance means less chance of catching the filament on the spool sides, too.

Thanks!

Posted : 07/04/2021 2:50 am
ssill2
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@rachel

Oh cool.  I've been interested in trying them out.  Let me know how the quality is!  Thanks.

Posted : 07/04/2021 2:52 am
ssill2
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@rachel

how are you liking the filament from those guys?

Posted : 13/04/2021 5:32 pm
rachel
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I haven't actually used it yet.  I like the spool geometry though; nothing to catch the filament on, like prusament does.  Also, it shipped with a bag of gummy bears.

Posted : 13/04/2021 7:28 pm
ssill2
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@rachel

NICE!

I've got a few spools that are getting on the low side and I was just curious if I should give them a shot.  I might anyway next time I reorder.  

Thanks!

Posted : 13/04/2021 7:33 pm
Swiss_Cheese
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What was the gummy bear to filament ratio, this could be a deal breaker 😉 

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Posted : 13/04/2021 7:33 pm
ssill2
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well any at is more than any other filament I've bought so I'd say it's a win win!

Posted : 13/04/2021 7:34 pm
Xanthe
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We use ColorFabb Economy PLA extensively (more than 100kg so far and counting).  We have found it to be about the most reliable of all the filaments we have tried in the production facility, and it's also one of the cheapest filaments per unit weight.  Unfortunately it's only available in a very limited range of colours, but otherwise it's perfect for high volume printing.

Posted : 10/05/2021 7:28 pm
cwbullet
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Posted by: @rachel

I've been using my MK3S printers for a business, and I'm getting tired of changing the filament all the time.  Could anyone recommend a source of large PLA or PETG spools?  Quality is important--one bad print costs more in labour than five prints worth of filament.  Colours don't really matter.  Shipping to USA.

Thanks!

Push plastics sells large spools.  

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Posted : 10/05/2021 7:29 pm
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One thing I've found with all the larger spools is they are pound for pound more expensive than the 1kg spools. I don't quite understand the pricing structure they use. Maybe they think not changing spools as often is worth a 25% premium. e.g., ColorFabb economy is still $20 a kilo when you buy 8 kilo spools -- probably the best 'discount' I've found.

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Posted : 10/05/2021 10:25 pm
cwbullet
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@tim-2

In general, maybe.  Atomic Filaments appears to be cheaper.  

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Posted : 11/05/2021 2:47 am
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