Filament suppliers

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j45on
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Filament suppliers

Post by j45on » Sat Jan 19, 2013 8:42 pm

Who do you buy filament from for your up! in the UK or europe ?
I have only used the genuine filament so far and I am very happy with it other than the limited range of colors.
I had a disaster of a printrbot before getting the up! and all of the filament I bought for it (from ebay uk sellers) was of very poor quality.
Would realy like some of the colors that afinia sell http://store.afinia.com/Filament_c_12.html

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Re: Filament suppliers

Post by Marcus » Sat Jan 19, 2013 10:58 pm

Too bad your Printrbot gave you so much trouble.
I have not printed with other ABS yet either, curious about sources here in Europe as well.
I wonder if the stuff Reprapworld sells (NL but moderate shipping cost and cheap plastics), where I bought my PLA for the Printrbot at, works with the UP?
For now I have some OEM ABS left, and I'll probably stick to the stuff.

Fred
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Re: Filament suppliers

Post by Fred » Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:51 am

I was going to get my original filament from Cool Components, but the limited range of colours and expensive shipping made me go for a 6 colour pack from isupply3d.com.

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Re: Filament suppliers

Post by rhummerstone » Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:10 am

I am quite happly using a 2kg real from Reprapworld Printed one of the baring stands from thingiverse I have so far used about 500g and not had any problems with the feed and just the normal warping I had with the stuff from cool components

Robert

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Re: Filament suppliers

Post by mr6k » Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:47 am

Here in the UK I have used the OEM ABS from cool components, and Non OEM from Robosavy.com marked MakerBot on the reels, which works fine with the UP, although I notice at present Robosavy have few choices. I also bought a reel from CD-writer.com, they also sell on Ebay under the name 3Dprinterworld, their material is quite cheap, maybe cheaper ordered from them than ordering on Ebay! But seems to work OK, maybe a bit smellier than others. Of course this is just in the UK and I have not looked to see what their shipping costs are into Europe.

BTW I did buy some PLA from Faberdashery in the UK but I just don't get on with PLA.

I usually print 0.3mm normal, no raft, onto Kapton tape that is on the original black anodized UP plus plate, occasionally I print 0.2m, fine, where I need more accuracy and time is not an issue. I do not use fast as I find the increase in nozzle temperature tends to pre-melt, at least, the non OEM ABS, and causes mis-feeds. I am running software 1.16, and from comments on this forum do not intend to change unless we get some of the priority wish list items included.

cheers

Peter

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Re: Filament suppliers

Post by David Riley » Sun Jan 20, 2013 12:36 pm

I also bought a couple of reels from cd-writer.com. It was not as white as the OEM and more sticky. But it was fine except for several loop kinks in one reel which destroyed a number of prints and had to be cut out. Their prices have increased considerably since then and I have bought similar reels direct from China much cheaper on eBay.

j45on
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Re: Filament suppliers

Post by j45on » Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:08 pm

Thanks guys :D

Just ordered a roll of glow green and a roll of florescent green from cd-writer.com
I will report back once tested.
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Re: Filament suppliers

Post by art103 » Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:54 pm

I've had 7 or 8 1KG reels from cd-writer.com.
The black and blue ABS were a little "bubbly", however the last few reels that I have received are better sealed to help keep out moisture (one cause of bubbling).
I also find running the plastic cooler helps a lot (either with a fan, or an extruder mod).

Service from them has been excellent IMHO and the price seems good (£23+VAT).

j45on
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Re: Filament suppliers

Post by j45on » Fri Jan 25, 2013 7:39 pm

Received my filament very quickly :D I think the postage from cd-writer was £7 for up to 4kg ( four spools for £7 :D )
I had to print a new filament spool holder and filament guide to take the new thicker roll
I used this filament guide http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:31961
and this spool holder http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:26659

I have not measured the filament yet but to my eye it looks good
The glow is not bad,not brilliantly bright but seems to last quite well (have not printed with it yet).

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Noticed my new filament had some tiny black bits,maybe flashing from the spool so I added a lump of foam to remove any debris/dust.

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Defiantly need to drop the heat down a bit I will try and find a suitable resistor tomorrow,Its noticeably smelly and bubbly at standard up temperatures.

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Re: Filament suppliers

Post by j45on » Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:53 pm

Just found this at 3dprintingsystems.com
"This colour changing filament changes colour from green to yellow at 33c, but wait thats not all! It also glows green in the dark!"
OMG I wonder if they ship to the uk ?

http://store.3dprintingsystems.com/Flur ... S_filament

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Post by wackojacko » Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:07 am

Yes we do, pop sales@3dprintingsystems.com an email with your order. Did you see the UV color changing material, immediately changes when you walk in the sun.
Bruce
http://www.3DPrintingSystems.com

Need help with your printer, check out our Youtube channel.
https://www.youtube.com/user/3dprinting ... /playlists

j45on
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Re: Filament suppliers

Post by j45on » Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:35 pm

I emailed Bruce
here is his reply
"A division of our company just launched http://www.3dprinterfilaments.com with much better pricing and shipping options to the UK"
Looks like my wallet is going to get lighter very soon :D

I had a go with the cd-writer glow green today and made some little green men http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:11810
I settled on a 15ohm resistor in the end with a 12ohm there was a little bobbling to the prints.
The temperature could probably go a bit lower as the abs is still a little smelly (compared to up filament)
And it is still popping and bubbling when I press extrude but is printing very well.
All these prints were on fine

Here they are examining their latest clone
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from right to left,normal size @ 0.2,normal size @ 0.15,scale x 1.5 @ 0.15 and scale x 2.0 @0.15
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Going to test the florescent green tomorrow but the glow green gets a thumbs up from me.

art103/Richard I have sent you a PM,I am interested in one of your up temperature modules.

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Lawrence
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Re: Filament suppliers

Post by Lawrence » Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:23 am

Hi j45on
I am in Australia.
Thank you for the information about the new filament site. I only use the genuine Up! filament in my Up! but will soon be purchasing a larger footprint 3D printer to use the lower temperature ABS and PLA, and their filament is very well priced - I will be ordering from them in the future.
I particularly like the look of their Flexible / Rubber-like filament: http://3dprinterfilaments.com/rubber_%20like_filaments
I am also keen to try the nylon filament offered by Jamie at: http://www.3dprintergear.com.au/Taulman ... lon175.htm
Regards
Lawrence

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Re: Filament suppliers

Post by pleppik » Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:01 pm

wackojacko wrote:Did you see the UV color changing material, immediately changes when you walk in the sun.
Oh, man, not another cool filament I don't have! Stop it!

j45on
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Re: Filament suppliers

Post by j45on » Sat Feb 02, 2013 10:43 pm

I have two new colours from cd-writer.com now black and grey.

from left to right grey,black,glow-green and florescent green
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Cant wait to try more colours when I have the funds,I would like orange and yellow next.
Looking at the spools and available colours I'm convinced they are the same as octave's even the stickers are very similar.

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Re: Filament suppliers

Post by Darryn » Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:24 pm

Ive now had 6 differant reels off CD-Writer.com and im fairly happy.

Ive had in 4x ABS; Blue, Fluorescent Red, Yellow and Purple. And in 2x PLA; Green and Glow-in-the-Dark Blue...

Ive so far had no problems printing with any except for the Glow-in-the-Dark Blue PLA, with what appears to be the feed motor failing to grip the filament and instead cutting a flat on the edge of the filament so it just stops feeding through.

Im going to start looking its mods to help me print with PLA, as the ABS has been perfect and the Green PLA has also worked beautifully, so im thinking this is either a bad batch or im just getting lucky with the Green.

Quality wise it seems as good as the Official Up! filament the printer was supplied with and very good value for money. Ive had 1 instance where the filament was tangled on the spool that caused a failed print, if i get any more kinks/tangled filament ill simply build a spool-2-spool setup to transfer the new filament onto an old spool to ensure there are no snags.

I should mention the Fluorescent Red is Orange, or at least the one I received is, I don't know if they sent the wrong item or not.

j45on
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Re: Filament suppliers

Post by j45on » Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:02 pm

I now have cd-writer's orange filament
The orange test man was printed at 230ºc using one of art103/Richard's temperature modules http://www.artaylor.co.uk/pp3dp.html
Great bit of kit :D
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Darryn how does the orange compare to your fluorescent red ?
Here is the sticker from my orange spool
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Re: Filament suppliers

Post by Darryn » Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:00 pm

Here is my selection of colours,
Left to right,
Up! Natural ABS, CD-W Yellow ABS, CD-W Green PLA, CD-W Glow-Blue PLA(Failed), CD-W Purple ABS, CD-W Blue ABS, CD-W Fluorescent Red ABS

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Re: Filament suppliers

Post by kitutal » Sat Mar 02, 2013 1:00 pm

I bought mine from cd-writer.com too, they were doing a half price offer on the glow in the dark ABS at the time. Only trouble is, the 1 kilo reels they sell are too large for the hook on the side of my printer, making things a little tricky with keeping it unrolling as it needs to. Anyone know any ways around this?
I do notice, though, that my blue glow plastic seems almost white, which is slightly disappointing.

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Re: Filament suppliers

Post by j45on » Sat Mar 02, 2013 5:01 pm

kitutal wrote: Only trouble is, the 1 kilo reels they sell are too large for the hook on the side of my printer, making things a little tricky with keeping it unrolling as it needs to. Anyone know any ways around this?.
I had to print a new spool holder and filament guide to use the cd-writer 1kg spools
these are what I used and they work great :D

Spool holder http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:26659
Filament guide http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:31961
Or a filament guide with built in dust filter http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:40385

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