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magnus.b5
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Recommended filaments

Hello,

It seems my first 3d printer will arrive within a few weeks. Prusa is out of stock on a lot of filaments.

So which brand of filaments can you recommend that works with the prusa printers besides prusas that is?

If you recommend something I prefer if they have a lot of different color as I would purchase all the normal colors from Prusa.

I am looking for something pink so I can print some stuff for my wife.

In the forum I have read that some printing problems are related to cheap filaments and I don't want to have problems with that hence I ask you with experience.

Best Regards
Magnus

Posted : 27/03/2018 11:22 pm
magkopian
(@magkopian)
Active Member
Re: Recommended filaments

It really depends on where you're located, unless you don't mind paying a fortune in shipping of course. For example, I have very good experience with Das Filament PLA and PETG so I can highly recommend their filaments, but if you aren't in Europe it's probably worth considering a different brand. Some other brands that Prusa even resells their filaments are Fillamentum and ColorFabb, both located in Europe as well but Fillamentum seems to also have a US distributor called Filamentone. If you are in US, MatterHackers and Proto-pasta are also well know US based brands. MatterHackers also resell filaments from different brands instead of just their own.

Posted : 28/03/2018 1:33 am
e..duane.r
(@e-duane-r)
Active Member
Re: Recommended filaments

If you live in Canada two places to get quality filaments is 'Filaments.ca' in Toronto and 'Spool3D' in Calgary. Also, each company can supply you with replacement nozzles and other accessories.

Posted : 28/03/2018 2:12 am
JMcK
 JMcK
(@jmck)
Reputable Member
Re: Recommended filaments

In the US, I’ve been real happy with Inland PLA ($15/kg) Less so with their PETG ($19/kg), but it’s very likely that my PETG issues are with me, not the brand. Inland is the store brand for Microcenter. Free shipping is often offered, but I have a store on the route between my home and office.

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Posted : 28/03/2018 2:15 am
Sendeva
(@sendeva)
Eminent Member
Re: Recommended filaments

I have been using iprint-3d filament and i have been very happy with it.
They are based out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Posted : 28/03/2018 2:38 am
JASII
(@jasii)
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Re: Recommended filaments


It really depends on where you're located....

EXACTLY! If only forum posters would put their location in their profile it would make questions like this much easier to answer.

That being said, and not knowing where you are, in the US I use MakerGeeks PETG but they also have PLA and ABS and all three are available in the "Bubblegum Pink" I think you are looking for. I use them in an MK3 and an MK2s/MMU.

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Posted : 28/03/2018 3:58 am
magkopian
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Re: Recommended filaments


EXACTLY! If only forum posters would put their location in their profile it would make questions like this much easier to answer.

How you did that by the way? Because I've spent close to 5 minutes searching through the control panel settings and couldn't find out how.

Posted : 28/03/2018 4:10 am
kevin.s22
(@kevin-s22)
Eminent Member
Re: Recommended filaments



EXACTLY! If only forum posters would put their location in their profile it would make questions like this much easier to answer.

How you did that by the way? Because I've spent close to 5 minutes searching through the control panel settings and couldn't find out how.

It's not in the control panel. It is in the profile.

Posted : 28/03/2018 4:34 am
magkopian
(@magkopian)
Active Member
Re: Recommended filaments




EXACTLY! If only forum posters would put their location in their profile it would make questions like this much easier to answer.

How you did that by the way? Because I've spent close to 5 minutes searching through the control panel settings and couldn't find out how.

It's not in the control panel. It is in the profile.

I must be blind, I just now noticed the "Edit profile" next to my username in the profile page, thanks for the pointer.

Posted : 28/03/2018 4:40 am
sean.h8
(@sean-h8)
Honorable Member
Re: Recommended filaments

To know what to advise, we need to know many things.

1. How much do you wanna spend?
2. The "cheapest" filament, that prints well, I know of, is 11$/spool, but it's a bit difficult to get to print "perfect".
3. Do you want it to be beautiful? PolyAlchemy anyone?
4. Do you want to be able to easily sand and cut it with an exacto knife?
5. Do you want it to maintain strength, at higher temps?
6. Do you plan to put your printer in an enclosure?
7. Do you want a filament that is easy to print with and just "works"?
8. Where do you live? There's major differences between the different markets!

I'm not very well versed with many of those, but I have talked to, and seen MANY people who use those.

Honestly, if you are just starting out, And if you are in the USA, I would point you in the direction of ESUN PLA PRO. The filament prints VERY easily, it is VERY forgiving, regarding temps, speeds, etc. Always has good layer adhesion. (they actually have a warning on the box it can stick "too" much... which won't happen on a mk3's PEI bed, but it sticks MUCH stronger than straight PLA... which is rookie-friendly) It's about 25$/kg, off Amazon. When you start getting into the "special" filaments, they have issues.
Many of the filaments like Polyalchemy are VERY weak, My "super strong" PLA, is rather expensive, and yeilds sub-par print quality compared to even my 11$/kg prints. (But holy smokes is it strong!!!) So starting out, learning how to get your Slicer(s) to do exactly what you want, is MUCH easier with EASY to print material, than trying to learn, say, to print with the cheapest stuff you can find... or the weakest beautiful... or the messy strongest. What may appear to be a "printer" problem, when using novelty filaments, can EASILY turn into a disaster trying to diagnose, when it's simply the filament.

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Posted : 28/03/2018 5:31 am
HackMonkey
(@hackmonkey-2)
Trusted Member
Re: Recommended filaments

The MK3 is very robust, odds are most filaments you are going to come across will print OK. They may require a little fiddling from brand to brand, and certainly from material to material.

Posted : 28/03/2018 5:47 am
neil.e
(@neil-e)
Estimable Member
Re: Recommended filaments

I'm using Hatchbox PLA since it's easily available via Amazon Prime in the US. No complaints.

Posted : 28/03/2018 6:26 am
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Rakku
(@rakku)
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Re: Recommended filaments

If you want good quality, reliable and relativly cheap filament and live in europe (or better germany) I´d recommend DAS Filament.

Using their PETG and PLA from the beginning and have no issues at all.

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Posted : 28/03/2018 7:08 pm
magnus.b5
(@magnus-b5)
Eminent Member
Topic starter answered:
Re: Recommended filaments

Thanks for all the answers.

I live in Sweden so I will check out all the recommendations for Europe. I did buy I think 7kg of filament with the printer so it should last me a little while at least.

This is my first 3d printer so no specific requirements as of yet that will grow later. More like a recommendation of you cant go wrong with this brand for you starting everyday prints. I am not going to print an ice axe and climb up a frozen waterfall with it or anything. 🙂

I only want to minimize the risk of me having a bad experience with my first 3d printer because I get bad filaments.

I think you guys have answered my questions so again thanks.

Regards
Magnus

Posted : 28/03/2018 7:18 pm
rudy.t
(@rudy-t)
New Member
Re: Recommended filaments


In the US, I’ve been real happy with Inland PLA ($15/kg) Less so with their PETG ($19/kg), but it’s very likely that my PETG issues are with me, not the brand. Inland is the store brand for Microcenter. Free shipping is often offered, but I have a store on the route between my home and office.

I purchased one box of pla in pink and it was great only paid like 12 us dollars (US) so I ordered some more now I am stuck with three rolls of CRAP. it prints intermittently and all the adjustments in the world can't get this to print. It has a huge problem feeding throught the print head gets stuck alot and prints blotchy.
This why I am here looking for the recommended filament other then Prusa, only because the shipping kills me ( something like $20.00).

SCARES ME WHEN SOMEONE RECOMMENDS INLAND HERE ON PRUSA SITE, THE STUFF IS GARBAGE.

Posted : 06/08/2018 7:33 pm
bobstro
(@bobstro)
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Re: Recommended filaments

[...] This why I am here looking for the recommended filament other then Prusa, only because the shipping kills me ( something like $20.00). Most of the name-brand PLA is pretty decent these days. I really like AIO Robotics filament myself. It prints very nicely, but also comes on smaller spools which is nice if you don't need a full Kg of something. I've given up on MakerGeeks after they took 6 weeks to fail to deliver anything. If you're after common colors, eSun is highly rated. If you want more exotic, Paramount has interesting variants. It probably comes down to what can you get for reasonable shipping charges in your locale, unless you're after exotic fills or specialty materials.

SCARES ME WHEN SOMEONE RECOMMENDS INLAND HERE ON PRUSA SITE, THE STUFF IS GARBAGE.Have not had issues with a mix of 6 spools of PLA and PETG. Plenty of other options though, so no need to go with one you don't trust.

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Posted : 06/08/2018 8:00 pm
JMcK
 JMcK
(@jmck)
Reputable Member
Re: Recommended filaments



In the US, I’ve been real happy with Inland PLA ($15/kg) Less so with their PETG ($19/kg), but it’s very likely that my PETG issues are with me, not the brand. Inland is the store brand for Microcenter. Free shipping is often offered, but I have a store on the route between my home and office.

I purchased one box of pla in pink and it was great only paid like 12 us dollars (US) so I ordered some more now I am stuck with three rolls of CRAP. it prints intermittently and all the adjustments in the world can't get this to print. It has a huge problem feeding throught the print head gets stuck alot and prints blotchy.
This why I am here looking for the recommended filament other then Prusa, only because the shipping kills me ( something like $20.00).

SCARES ME WHEN SOMEONE RECOMMENDS INLAND HERE ON PRUSA SITE, THE STUFF IS GARBAGE.

Wow, all-caps rage 5 months later. Too bad the stuff is not working for you; I’m still happy with them. You should use whatever works for you.

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Posted : 07/08/2018 3:20 am
jemaitabaog
(@jemaitabaog)
New Member
RE: Recommended filaments

hello! Our first mk3 prusa printer just arrived and we got it working just fine, so fine that we are about to consume a whole PLA spool. Would you guys happen to know/recommend PLA distributors in ASIA? I'm from the Philippines by the way. 🙂

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