Prints from the Oct 2020 Alien3D samples

A couple of weeks ago, I posted some unboxing pictures from the October 2020 Alien3D UFO subscription box. For October, all four samples are filaments from Sandoz 3D Filaments. In this post, I’ll share my experience with these four samples.

Red – PLA Silk+

I do a lot of silk prints. So I’m always up to trying different kinds of silk filaments. I had some problems with this one, as you can see from the lousy temp tower below. But, the situation had nothing to do with this filament. I had a partial clog that I should have spotted sooner. After My second temp tower, I had a much cleaner print. If I had more samples, I think I could have gotten even cleaner prints than what is shown below.

The witch and Karma Kat I printed out didn’t print as nicely as I wanted. In fact, they were downright horrible prints. But I switched from Cura to Simplify 3D for those prints, and they came out much better. My settings were the same between the two, so I’m not sure why S3D did such a better job in this case (I already threw the bad ones away, so they are not in the picture.

Sandoz 3D Filaments Red PLA Silk+ samples printed on Creality Ender 3 Pro.

Orange – PLA PLUS

The PLA Plus from Sandoz printed nicely. You can see a lot of stringing in my retraction tests below. I could not get the strings to go away. But if you look at the Goku and Arduino Nano cases I printed below, no stringing show up on final products. Plus, the final products look nice and seem sturdy. That was especially important for the Arduino Nano holders. If I do get more of this filament, I will try figuring out why I couldn’t get rid of stringing in my retraction towers.

Sandoz 3D Filaments Orange PLA Plus printed on Creality Ender 5 Plus.

Transparent Green – PETG

I’ve wanted to get more into transparent filaments, especially PETG. The recommended temp range for this filament is 230c-250c. I found my temp tower looked the best at 250. It does seem to print a better shine at that temp.

The picture below isn’t the best, but the front Baby Yoda is printed at 250c and the rear one at 240c. The front one has much better detail and a nice finish on it. I also printed a small Ghostbusters plaque. I think 250 was too hot for this particular print since the top layer is slightly charred. I’m thinking of buying a roll of this to do a much larger Slimer print to add some LED lighting.

Sandoz 3D Filaments Transparent Green PETG printed on Creality Ender 5 Plus.

Brown – PLA-F

Unfortunately, I can’t show any pictures I printed from this filament. I threw the temp tower away already. The test print I did is a gift for someone, so I don’t want to ruin the surprise. But I will say I love this filament. It prints so smoothly! Being a PLA ABS blend, I was expecting some problems. I didn’t experience any at all. Coming up next, I have a post about my MakerBox samples, and there I will include pictures from PLA-F prints I did as part of that batch.

Final thought

Overall I’m pretty happy with the Sandoz filament samples from the October UFO. I am considering buying a roll of transparent green PETG for a Slimer Ghostbusters prop. Plus, I wouldn’t mind doing some prints with PLA-F.

Song of the day: Green Child of Mine

Song of the day: Green Child of Mine

Since I printed a couple of green Baby Yodas, I thought it would be worth playing this new song from The Merkins. Sadly the song was taken down due to a copyright claim by Guns’N’Roses. Since this is a parody song, I don’t see that holding up. In the meantime, there are plenty of copies of it out there. Here is one that hasn’t been taken down yet.

Bonus Song: Don’t Download This Song

Don’t get me wrong; I think musicians should care about their intellectual property. But I do believe, at times, groups go overboard, which brings this great Weird Al song to mind.

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