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jsw
 jsw
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I was not aware that Microcenter regularly stocked it.  Thanks.

Posted : 22/09/2021 3:19 pm
bobstro
(@bobstro)
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US-centric list of suppliers and manufacturers

I maintain a list of US-centric suppliers and manufacturers here. Whenever possible, I try to directly support companies that are directly involved with and supporting the 3D printing community. I'm still not sure how MatterHackers manages to provide free shipping that is as fast as Amazon's, but it's great.

It's also worth building a relationship with some of the smaller companies. I once asked PartsBuilt if they stocked a filament in a spool-less format and they replied with a personal email indicating it was not available from the manufacturer, but that they could re- (or de-) spool anything for me.

I'm trying to stop filament hopping, though it's hard with some of the sales. Right now, my favorites are:

  • Inland ($15-17/kg) or Filastruder ($20/kg) for spool-less PLA (also good PETG). Both are good consistent quality. Filastruder is a bit more expensive. Inland's spool-less options are limited. Atomic's stuff is amazing but more expensive ($30/kg). I use it for detailed miniature prints.
  • Overture 3D Eco-3D (black only - $19/kg) for recovered PLA and easy-to-read spools. (More important for cheaper printers without filament runout detection.) 
  • Polyterra PLA ($20/kg) for the recyclable spool with window. I'm trying hard to like this stuff, but it's a bit odd to work with. Sort of a waxy feel. Good price though.

These all print well. I've tried a few of the mystery brand generics, but have given up on them due to consistency issues and some really odd smells that make me wonder what the composition really is. I'm trying to stick with these as much as possible for my bulk printing.

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Posted : 22/09/2021 3:46 pm
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jsw
 jsw
(@jsw)
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Thanks.  Bookmarked.

Posted : 22/09/2021 8:14 pm
AnnieR
(@annier)
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One thing I've noticed lately, like last couple weeks and days, is price drops on filament. I do all Amazon, maybe 1 spool a month or so. 

Don't know if it's cuz covid is winding down or what but it used to be high 20s low 30s per roll and now down to low 20s or so. 

Posted : 25/09/2021 4:38 pm
cwbullet
(@cwbullet)
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availability

I think Availability is increasing.  

Posted by: @annier

One thing I've noticed lately, like last couple weeks and days, is price drops on filament. I do all Amazon, maybe 1 spool a month or so. 

Don't know if it's cuz covid is winding down or what but it used to be high 20s low 30s per roll and now down to low 20s or so. 

 

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Posted : 25/09/2021 6:51 pm
SailorEric
(@sailoreric)
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At the end of a loooong supply line.

We are printing on a sailboat in Guatemala! My supply line runs through Miami to here. Can't really return anything if it's bad. So here's my shameless plug for Atomic Filament. Not the cheapest but free shipping to our freight forwarder on orders over $50 and it's very consistent. Both colors and .02 tolerance. In my situation consistency and dependability is worth a few dollars!

Posted : 01/10/2021 10:53 pm
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