About a week ago, I received my MakerBox Everything subscription box. This box contained seven filament samples. In this post, I will share the results of my prints from these various filaments.
I apologize ahead of time for the quality of the pics. I am changing my lighting and background to take pics to get a bit more quality in the future.
Equipment and tools used
3D Printer used: I used an Ender 3 Pro with a stock hotend. I do have it upgraded to the 32-bit motherboard, a Capricorn tube, and metal extruder.
Slicer used: I used Simplify3D to slice my models.
CAD used: Fusion360 was used to create the models unless otherwise noted.
Temp Tower: I used the temperature tower generator at Teaching Tech to create my temp towers. I just recently switched to this method for temp towers. I really like this a lot better than programing them myself.
MakerBox Easy sample prints
Keen Village Plastics (KVP) provided all of this month’s MakerBox Easy filament samples. The colors included Deep Translucent Red, Deep Translucent Blue, Pearl Blueberry, and Bold Black.
The recommended temp for these four filaments was 195C-215C. I printed the temp towers in 5C increments from 195C-215C. The towers looked great the whole way through. I decided to print my samples at 205C with a bed temp of 60C.
The prints all came out great. I created a parametric star in Fusion360. The stars also include back covers (most of which I’m printing later). I meant to print these reasonably thin so that I could use them with LEDs. Unfortunately, I had a brain fart and printed these with a wall thickness of 3mm. That was just a little too thick for what I had planned. I can still put LEDs in these and get some light out, but not how I planned. But the prints came out great, and the pieces I printed fit together correctly.
Here is a look at the backside of these prints with the two pieces connected. They fit together perfectly. More importantly, the filament was tough and withstood me assembling and disassembling the parts repeatedly. Overall I would say this is an excellent filament, and I would put KVP on my list of filament manufacturers to keep in mind.
MakerBox Explorer filament 1 – eMate PCL
I had some doubts about printing this filament from eSUN. Printing a flexible filament under 100C didn’t seem feasible. And well, I was right. The filament simply wouldn’t push through the hotend nozzle. I’m not sure if it is because of the length of my Capricorn tube or not. It might also be I needed to tighten my extruder wheel to push this seemingly thin filament. No matter what, I decided against trying to force the issue.
After failing to print this sample, I decided to save it. Soon I plan to get a 3D pen that can print at such low temps. I would love to see how well this filament works for creating detailed work on larger cosplay items I print with PLA or PETG.
MakerBox Explorer filament 2 – Biofusion
Biofusion is a very cool looking filament from Austrian company Extrudr. The color is called Venom Green, and it has a very cool metallic sheen. Supposedly this stuff can resist heat up to 75% (about 167F). Between the cool finish and heat resistivity, I could see using this for cosplay accessories.
Below are the prints I did with this filament. I did a temp in 5C increments between 200C-220C to align with the recommended temp of 205C-215C. The filament did fine at each temp. But I noticed that between the temp tower layers, the filament comes apart quite easily. That can be seen in the picture below. The filament looks cool, but I would have to do more test prints to ensure it can withstand cosplay types of abuse.
Ignore the lines in the Tree print. I thought I had disabled “only retract when crossing open spaces.” But it was once again enabled in Simplify3D. I changed it back to disabled and hopefully won’t see that happen again.
The tree and stars printed great. I didn’t have any adhesion issues as I had with the temp tower. I printed the tree and stars with a temp of 210/60. My speed was set to 35mms since it seems to like printing slowly. I wonder if that was the problem with the temp tower, I might have been printing that too fast.
Here is a video I took of the tree print being used in an Arduino project. It held up well while I was trying to get it to fit on the project. I really do think my problems with the temp tower may have been speed-related. Overall I think this is an excellent filament with some definite cosplay possibilities.
MakerBox Explorer filament 3 – HTPLA
Proto-pasta provides the third and final sample from this month’s Explorer filaments. This filament is HTPLA and is a multicolor sample that changes throughout the print. It has some very cool space themed colors and includes a glitter effect.
The filament has a recommended temp of 206C, not even a range. I did print a temp tower going from 202C-210C. It printed great the whole way through. The actual printed I printed at a temp of 206C/60C, and the speed was set to 35mms.
I decided to print one of my favorite models available on Thingiverse. Aria the Dragon, Thing 600550, was created by loubie and is absolutely one of the best models available on Thingivierse. It requires no supports and looks like a cool Pernish dragon. I’ve had to repeatedly print this particular model because people keep wanting the ones I’ve printed for myself.
Proto-pasta was HTPLA used to create these test prints.
I really like the color change in them. The pictures really don’t do them justice. The color change mixed with the glitter makes this one of the coolest filaments out there. Using this filament, I could see some sort of alien planet project with LEDs and hanging it from the ceiling.
Overall I thought this was another worthy MakerBox Everything. The star of the show was the HTPLA from ProtoPasta. But really, all of the filaments provided great prints. Even the eMate PCL I could see as useful; I would just use it in a 3D pen and not in my 3D printer.
Song of the Day: Killing the Dragon
To go along with Aria, I thought a killer track from Dio was in order.
Bonus Song: More Dio
Just one Dio song isn’t enough. Here is a double-shot of Dio singing Lock Up The Wolves and Hey Angel back in ’90.