With November coming to a close, it is once again time to play with filament from my MakerBox Everything subscription. I wasn’t going to do another unboxing pic post. But from the feedback I’ve gotten, people like seeing the pics and getting links to what was included in last month’s box. This post will briefly go through what is included in this month’s explorer subscription and post pics of each filament type.
The box opened
This month included the standard four samples of an easy filament to print. Plus, there was a treat and MakerBox sticker. But the most exciting part of this month’s box is that there are only three of the explorer filaments; usually, there are four. The note explains why there are only four, and I’ll get to that towards this post’s end.
MakerBox Easy filaments
This month’s easy filaments come from Keen Village Plastics (KVP). The four colors included are Bold Black, Deep Translucent Blue, Deep Translucent Red, and Pearl Blueberry. All four colors look pretty nice. Maybe I’ll try to combine the translucent filaments with an LED project.
The recommended hotend temp for these samples is 195C-215C. The bed temperature is recommended to be 60C.
Below is a picture of the four filaments.
MakerBox Explorer filament 1 – eMate PCL
First up in the MakerBox explorer lineup is eMate PCL from eSUN. When I first glanced at the sheet included with this filament, I thought there was a typo. The recommended hotend temp is 80C-100C. That doesn’t sound right. Heck, when I print PETG, I often have my bed at 80C. I thought there was no way a filament would be made that could melt so simply.
It was no typo. PCL (polycaprolactone) generally has a melting point of around 60C. The sheet does mention this particular filament is usually used with 3D pens. But it has been used in 3D printers as “an experimental feature.” I could see this stuff being useful when modeling and sculpting weird one-off pieces for cosplay items.
Here is a picture of the sample. I’m not sure how this stuff will turn out.
MakerBox Explorer filament 2 – Biofusion
Up next is a filament that comes from an Austrian company called Extrudr. According to the sheet, Biofusion “is a new generation of special materials designed for designers and makers.” This sample of Venom Green has a very cool metallic shine to it. It also claims to be heat resistant up to 75C (about 167F). If Biofusion is easy to print and is heat resistant, it might be the go-to filament type for co-play accessories. Printing in a metallic color that can withstand heat would cut down the finishing time tremendously.
Below is a picture of the filament. It has a recommended hotend temperature of 20-C-215C and a recommended bed temperature of 60C. Most notable though is the recommended speed of 20-40mms and cooling low. So this stuff likes to print slow and stay warm.
MakerBox Explorer filament 3 – HTPLA
Last comes the star of this month’s show—nebula Multicolor HTPLA from Proto-pasta. Earlier I noted this month’s MakerBox explorer was one sample short. This was done purposely by Makerbox to allow a double-length selection of this multicolor filament. According to the accompanying sheet, the longer length will let me “get a whole color sequence out of a single sample.”
I’ve had some very cool prints using multicolor filaments in the past. But from that experience, I became wary because of how long a color change will take. To test this one out, I’ll have to discover a test print that will utilize as much of the filament as possible so a color change can be seen. If nothing else, I’ll do a small print with a massive infill to force the color change.
On a side note, I have printed a sample from Proto-pasta previously. The Beskar pictured to the right was printed using a selection of their Steel Filled Metal Composite PLA. It printed quite nicely.
Below, the Nebula Multicolor HTPLA sample is pictured. It has a recommended temp of 206C, not even a range. The bed temp is recommended to be 60C. And the speed is recommended to be 25-45mms. Nice and slow, with a finite target temp. This should be interesting.
Should be some interesting prints this month
MakerBox has done a great job keeping me interested in the experimental boxes. Even with one less sample, I feel this month may be one of the coolest filament lineups I’ve done. And all of the samples can be printed without a thermonuclear hotend.
Song of the Day: I Am The Doctor
Today’s song of the day is a musical masterpiece composed by Murray Gold. I Am The Doctor was created for Matt Smith (11th Doctor). The song ties into this post because Smith’s most notable companion was Amy Pond, portrayed by Karen Gillan. Gillan is the actress behind Nebula in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Thus, this song is attached to the Nebula Multicolor HTPLA from Proto-pasta in some weird sort of way.
Bonus Song: Ring Capacity
I mentioned the Venom Green filament Biofusion from Extrudr sounds like something good for making cosplay accessories. In particular, I think it could be used to create a killer-looking Green Lantern Power Ring. Even if it prints poorly, it will probably still look better than the CGI from the 2011 GL movie…
Here is an excellent Green Lantern song from Kirby Krackle.