Print results from the May 2021 Alien3D UFO filament samples

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As I go through my May 20121 subscription boxes, we come to my favorite monthly: Alien3D UFO. The UFO comes with four sample filaments, an electronics project, and a bonus accessory. I will cover the project in a future post. This post will focus on the print results from the four sample filaments.

UFO Contents

May 2021 Alien3D UFO contents

As in April, the filament samples come with cool baseball-style cards for each filament. These cards are becoming one of my favorite collectible items.

The project is a great digital dice roller. In addition, the project includes WIFI so it can potentially be used with tabletop RPG websites. The assembly of the project will be covered in another post.

This month’s accessory looks like a cool ninja star weapon. However, what it is is even more incredible. It is a multitool that looks like a ninja star weapon. It is called an 18-in-1 Snowflake Multi-Tool. You can use Alien3D’s affiliate link to Amazon to buy this excellent accessory. I’m thinking about ordering a silver one.

Now to focus on the filament.

3DX Tech Ecomax PLA – Venom

Up first is Venom Ecomax PLA from 3DX Tech. I don’t think I’ve sampled anything from 3DX Tech before. But wow, they have some great colors available. According to the Alien3D card, its recommended settings are:

  • Extrusion Temp: 190-220 C
  • Bed Temp: 0-60 C

I printed a temp tower in five-degree increments from 195-215C on my Ender 3 Pro. The bed temp was 60C and speed 50 mm/s. The tower printed beautifully from bottom to top. Unfortunately, I accidentally printed the temp tower a second time. Both prints came out great.

3DX Tech Ecomax PLA – Venom

As a test object, I chose to print a Poison Bottle designed by Chaos Core Tech. The print came out great. The side with words is crisp and clean. The poison skull on the other side looks exactly how it should having been printed at .16 mm. Plus, I thought the color was perfect for this test print.

Monoprice High Gloss PLA – Light Blue

Up next is Light Blue Hight Gloss PLA from Monoprice. This filament seems similar to many silk filaments I’ve tried in the past. According to the Alien3D card, its recommended settings are:

  • Extrusion Temp: 200-220 C
  • Bed Temp: 0-60 C

I printed a temp tower in five-degree increments from 195-215C on an Ender 3 V2. The bed temp was 60C and speed 50 mm/s. As you can see below, the temp tower looks excellent. In addition, the tower printed consistently, and no stringing was present.

Monoprice High Gloss PLA – Light Blue

As a test print, I chose to use a Captain America tiki designed by Hex3D. Both tikis I printed came out great. One was printed at .12mm and the other at .16mm. Both look the same. This high gloss stuff seems similar to silk PLA I’ve printed in the past. However, this stuff does seem to have a different shimmer from light reflections. Overall I thought this was an excellent filament and could see using it when I need a more light reflective surface.

I also printed part of the electronics project that came with this month’s box. That print will be shown in a future post.

Printed Solid Jessie PLA – Blood Red Light Glitter

Blood Red Light Glitter Jessie PLA from Printed Solid is the next sample. I’ve printed many Jessie PLA samples and have to say I’m somewhat a fan of the quality and color selection. According to the Alien3D card, its recommended settings are:

  • Extrusion Temp: 210-230 C
  • Bed Temp: 0-60 C

I printed a temp tower in five-degree increments from 210-230C on an Ender 3 V2. The bed temp was 60C and speed 50 mm/s. As you can see below, the temp tower looks great. I love the small amount of glitter included with this filament. Sometimes glitter filaments have a LOT of glitter. Not this one. This is an excellent choice of a filament when just a light hint of glitter is wanted on a print.

Printed Solid Jessie PLA – Blood Red Light Glitter

To test the print, I chose an Iron Man tiki design by Hex3D. I had enough filament left to print two tikis. Well, almost enough to print two tikis. The second one came up just short. But the detail of the wood grain was perfect on both. Plus, the incomplete one shows the infill was printed just as it should. The light glitter in this filament really makes this particular filament stand out.

I also printed part of the electronics project that came with this month’s box. That print will be shown in a future post.

VO3D High Impact PLA – Space Grey

Space Grey High Impact PLA from VO3D is the sample lined up. The VO3D PLA filament is supposed to be 300% more impact resistant than standard PLA. That makes this a possible contender for cosplay accessories. Cosplay items go through a lot of abuse during cons. This filament might be one to remember. According to the Alien3D card, its recommended settings are:

  • Extrusion Temp: 215-235 C
  • Bed Temp: 0-60 C

I printed a temp tower in five-degree increments from 215-235C on an Ender 3 Pro. The bed temp was 60C and speed 50 mm/s. The tower printed well. I had a slight clog in the bottom of the tower, but I fixed that, and the tower printed beautifully. I don’t think the clog had anything to do with this filament; instead, it was with something in there from a previous print.

VO3D High Impact PLA – Space Grey

I printed two mini Fett Journeyman mugs designed by Hex3d. Both prints came out great. One nice thing about this filament is that it has somewhat of a shimmer, like some metallic glitter mixed. I can also attest that it can be dropped on a cement shop floor and fly across the room without breaking. I didn’t necessarily mean to do that particular test. This is a filament to keep in mind for techy-looking cosplay items.

Final Thoughts

Sometimes I try to pick my favorite filament from each subscription box. But this time I really can’t do that. Each sample printed great, and I could see possible uses for each of them when looking at the results. Alien3D knocked it out of the ballpark with this lineup of filaments.

Song of the Day: Space Oddity

After printing some Space Grey I couldn’t help but get this classic David Bowie song in my head.

Bonus Song: Völlig losgelöst

How can I play Major Tom without also including Peter Schilling’s song. Here is the German version.

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