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4KG XL Reels of PLA 3D Printing Filament
ECOMAX® PLA Biopolymer is made in the USA using 100% virgin PLA biopolymer resin and premium colorants. Our filament is precision extruded onto 4kg reels (8.8 lbs) and then vacuum-sealed with desiccant to protect it from moisture.
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Posted by Barrett B on 1st Feb 2017
Up until I bought this filament, I had used almost exclusively Hatchbox or eSun PLA as I liked the price. Well in 4kg rolls, 3dxtech filament is now in my price range, so I went whole hog and bought a roll on faith.
I'll be honest, I was a bit nervous upon opening the package. The filament has a rough feel and appearance. I was concerned that it may not be completely uniform 1.75mm +- .05. But upon further inspection, it seemed to be very much uniform. A uniform roughness if you will. The 4kg roll is a bit cumbersome. My spool holder wouldn't hold it. I had some difficulty re-rolling it onto a standard roll and I hope to find a better way to do so in the future.
I have yet to have a problem with this sticking to my build plate. I am using a Monoprice Maker Select i3 v1. I have a glass build plate with a PEI sheet on it. It sticks really well and I have yet to have a print detach mid-print.
Layer adhesion and quality:
This is strongest bonding PLA I've used. Also, the variation between layers is unnoticeable to my eye. With other filaments, sometimes a layer would seem like it sinks in ever so slightly. Not so with 3dxtech pla. It has improved my print quality and consistency measurably. On strength, I tried breaking a 3mm x 3mm bar of printed pla and it just bent after considerable force was applied. Most pla I've used will snap with far less force. 3dxtech pla is the strongest pla I've used hands down.
As stated earlier, the filament on the roll has a rough texture. As for the finished product when printed, the black comes out in a matte black finish. I hadn't realized in the description it says flat black. It makes for a very cool looking print.
Considerably less shrinkage than other pla I've used. Right now, fidget spinners are really popular for my print requests. These are little fidget toys with press-fit bearings. With other pla, at the same settings, most come out too tight and I found I had to scale the model up 1-2%. With 3dxtech pla, it prints true to the model and I get a very nice fit at 100% scale.
Overall, you could say I'm going to be a repeat customer. This has become my favorite pla as of the time of this review. Do yourself a favor and pick some up. You won't be disappointed
All prices are in USD.