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xavierx
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@neek

I'm on about my 20th roll of Sunlu PLA+

You MUST use gluestick and I use a bed temp of 70c and extruder 210-215

It's a really strong filament and the colours are really good. 

However, be warned, I have had a problem recently with contaminated rolls (especially black) where once you get into the inner layers of filament, there is a white powder on the roll which is like glue and completely clogs up the extruder. It's a shame as I really liked it until this started being a thing and I have had to return a few rolls

Posted : 01/04/2020 8:49 pm
charles.h13
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I strongly recommend  Polylite PLA by Polymaker.

Posted : 01/04/2020 9:03 pm
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neek
 neek
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@xavierx

Needing glue stick with PLA is surprising. According to Prusa, glue stick is used as a releasing agent so that materials like Flex and PETG don't stick too much to the sheet. Now that I've gotten my Z-height and temps dialed in well, if I'm printing with PLA, I only use glue stick at the front of the sheet, where the extruder primes itself with that first line of material.

Posted : 01/04/2020 9:12 pm
neek
 neek
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Also my new absolute #1 favorite material other than Prusament PETG has become KronRex PETG. I bought a 1kg roll from Ebay for about $20. The yellow color is gorgeous, and by far I've made the best looking prints with it, though I'm not sure why.

Posted : 01/04/2020 9:14 pm
xavierx
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@neek

Indeed it is surprising, but I have got through enough of the Sunlu PLA+ to know that if you don't use gluestick, at some point the print will fall off, that's if you can even get the first layer to stick. The non + version of their PLA does not require this, so something in the additives in the + version makes it this way

Posted : 01/04/2020 10:30 pm
neek
 neek
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@xavierx

Awesome tip. thanks. I have a mix of their PLA and PLA+. I'll try your suggestion next time if I have issues.

Posted : 01/04/2020 11:07 pm
charles.h13
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Another one I really like is Sunluu Pla Plus: Amazon has PLA Plus black a grey a good priced COMBO.  Two rolls for $37.  

Posted : 02/04/2020 11:29 am
philip.b13
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I'm in the USA (Massachusetts) and print mainly with PLA.  The locale electronics stores sells MG Chemicals and I find it prints very nice and have never had a problem.

Posted : 15/05/2020 1:12 pm
bobstro
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Posted by: @philip-b13

I'm in the USA (Massachusetts) and print mainly with PLA.  The locale electronics stores sells MG Chemicals and I find it prints very nice and have never had a problem.

Also in MA. Which store is that? I'm only aware of Inland at Microcenter.

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Posted : 15/05/2020 2:22 pm
charles.h13
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Also, available from Amazon: MG Chemicals PLA Black

Posted : 15/05/2020 4:56 pm
bobstro
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Posted by: @charles-h13

Also, available from Amazon: MG Chemicals PLA Black

$32 for 0.5Kg? Ouch!

My notes and disclaimers on 3D printing and miscellaneous other tech projects
He is intelligent, but not experienced. His pattern indicates two dimensional thinking. -- Spock in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan...
Posted : 15/05/2020 5:41 pm
gkas
(@gerrykaslowski)
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Don't get me wrong..... This is an honest question. The MG Chemicals PLA is about $65 for 1kg. Is it that good? I've only printed with eSun, Inland, and my single roll of Prusa Silver. I've printed PLA and PETG. The MG comes to over 2X the price of any of these filaments. I can see the high price for speciality filaments, but for PLA? What qualities do you get for the extra cost?

Posted : 15/05/2020 5:41 pm
charles.h13
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@gerrykaslowski

I have to agree with that. 

Posted : 15/05/2020 5:43 pm
philip.b13
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@gerrykaslowski

I just purchased 8 spools at this price.  I have been purchasing form the same source for over a year now at this price. (click the picture to see what I pay, not sure why it doesn't show up otherwise

Posted : 15/05/2020 6:19 pm
philip.b13
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@bobstro

You-Do-it.  I went to their website, ordered and picked up about an hour later.  Enjoy!

Posted : 15/05/2020 6:23 pm
jsw
 jsw
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I've had good luck with Hatchbox, both PLA and ABS,  and Mika3d PLA as well as Prusament, of course, in PLA and PETG.

Hatchbox seems to be increasingly hard to find (in stock or at a decent price), so I have some Overture, Reprapper and Ultraline on order.

I've also tried a sample pack of Amazon Basics 50g loose rolls of PLA and had no problems with any of those that I have tried yet.

Posted : 23/05/2020 2:10 am
makreljohnson
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@bobstro

I also have had really good luck with 3DSolutech - however the business going on seems to have made it scarce. Paramount has some fantastic colors that also match Pantone - Also prints well.  I've found that most issues are limited to a specific run of filament (too much moisture or just a foul-up at the factory) I've even gotten good pieces with a no-name 3D pen sampler from Amazon just to try our colors. I guess, loquaciously, I'm saying that your printer may need some calibration for a specific brand but I've not found one I can't print with.

My order of preference: 3DSolutech, SUNLU, Paramount, Hatchbox, Matterhackers... sorted by my perceived value per dollar.

Hope that helps...

Posted : 07/06/2020 1:06 am
jsw
 jsw
(@jsw)
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Thank you.

I just ordered two spools of Paramount, 'Primordial Earth' and 'Iron Red' and I've never used them, and happy to see that you've had good luck.  They did include Pantone swatches and the Iron Red looks about as close to a brick red as I can get.  The Primordial Earth looks close to a gray stone building that I am modeling.  (I'm doing some model RR buildings.)

Posted : 07/06/2020 1:58 am
makreljohnson
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@jsw

You can order a 40 color sampler (it's awesome) to see first hand the colors. If you're doing RR check out castle limestone gray...

Posted : 07/06/2020 3:22 am
chrishall1
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I use Sunlu pla+ and Sunlu petg. They are both great filments and I have been using blue painter tape to get them to stick. Had the same problem everyone else was have till I started using the painter tape. Now it works everytime with no problem with correct first layer setting.

Posted : 07/06/2020 3:41 am
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