Makerbox Everything 13 test prints

Makerbox Everything July 2021

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The Makerbox Everything 13 subscription box was released in July of 2021. Not bad; I’m only five months behind on getting through my subscription boxes. As always, the Everything box includes four easy-to-print filaments (Makerbox Easy) alongside four more advanced filaments (Makerbox Explorer).

Makerbox Easy Prints

PolyTerra PLA samples.

Polymaker provided four samples of PolyTerra PLA for the Makerbox Easy filaments. This particular filament line is easy to print and tougher than traditional PLA. Polymaker also says they made this filament line with a new generation of environmentally friendly PLA.

Polymaker included a sample of Orange PolyTerra PLA in the May 2021 Makerbox. I had outstanding results from that filament and put it on my list of filaments worth buying.

The four colors provided for the easy print are Savana Yellow, Arctic Teal, Lavender Purple, and Mint.

The recommended print settings for this filament are:

  • Hotend Temp: 180-230C
  • Bed Temp: 0-60C
  • Speed: 30-60mm/s
  • Cooling: Yes
  • Dry before use for best results.

The samples were all printed on either an Ender 3 Pro or Ender 3V2. The temp towers are printed with a layer height of .2mm and the models at a layer height of .16mm (unless noted otherwise). I use both Cura and PrusaSlicer for slicing.

PolyTerra PLA sample prints.

My first attempt at printing the temp towers seemed to have some issues with under-extrusion and a bit of stringing. I haven’t had this happen with this filament, so I reprinted the temp towers after drying them. I dried the filament for 6 hours at 55C, per the recommendation on their website. I also tried to change retraction settings on two of the filaments. The second temp towers came out better. And the second lavender temp tower was perfect. I had set that particular temp tower to a retraction setting of 3mm.

I then printed some Christmas ornaments designed by ChaosCore Tech. These printed perfectly. As you can see in the picture above, I miscalculated how much filament I had remaining for the Mickey/Minnie ornaments. But they still printed perfectly, and the infill was printing quite nicely.

I dropped both of the more oversized prints on my shop floor to see if they would break as a further test. Neither ornament broke. You can’t even tell I dropped them. That proved sufficient for me to trust ornaments made of this filament on a Christmas Tree.

As usual, I am pretty happy with the filament samples provided by Polymaker. These colors are quite lovely. And more importantly, the models are printed nicely and seem pretty durable.

Makerbox Explorer Prints

Makerbox Explorer samples.

Included in each Makerbox are the Explorer filament samples. Explorer contains samples of various filament types from a variety of manufacturers. From these samples, I usually determine whether a filament is suitable for use in upcoming projects.

The Makerbox 13 Explorer lineup didn’t give me anything I haven’t printed before. But it was nice to test a few of these filaments once again. I did most of the prints below on an Ender 3 V2 with a stock hotend (unless otherwise noted). Usually, I print these filaments with my machine that has a Micro-Swiss all-metal hotend. But that printer is currently down.

Radiated Fog HTPET+ from Fusion Filaments

Fusion Filaments provided a sample of Radiated Fog HTPET+. Unfortunately, I can’t currently print with both a hotend and bend temp above 270C on any of my current machines. However, I believe I will have a machine that can do so soon. So I’ll save this sample until I can use this filament.

Radiated Fog HTPET+ from Fusion Filaments

Aqua PETG from GreenGate3D

GreenGate3D provided a sample of Aqua recycled PETG. I’ve printed quite a bit of recycled PETG from GreenGate3D this year. I think their selections of colors are great. Plus, the stuff prints quite nicely.

The recommended print settings for this filament are:

  • Hotend Temp: 205-245
  • Bed Temp: 0-90C
  • Speed: 25-80mm/s
  • Cooling: None or low

I used most of the sample for a surprise Christmas gift. Unfortunately, that means I didn’t print a temp tower. It also means I won’t post a pic of what I printed. However, I could print a few snowflakes designed by ChaosCore Tech. These can be seen below.

Aqua PETG from GreenGate3D

The snowflakes printed perfectly. There is some slight stinging, which can be seen in the above picture. That is most likely due to my retraction settings. I am used to printing PETG on my machine with an all-metal hotend (which is currently down). I really should have spent some time tuning my slicer settings to the proper retraction settings for the stock hotend. But, as always, I was impressed with how nicely the GreenGate3D filament prints.

Cobalt Blue High Impact PLA from VO3D

VO3D provided a sample of Cobalt Blue Hight Impact PLA. This is another filament I’ve tested previously. It is a tough filament and has always been printed quite easily. VO3D claims this filament has a 300% greater impact strength than standard PLA.

The recommended print settings for this filament are:

  • Hotend Temp: 215-235C
  • Bed Temp: 0-60C
  • Cooling: 100%

I printed the temp tower in five-degree increments from 215-235C. The bridging was excellent the whole way through. The picture below is not as dark as this filament in person. It is a lovely deep blue color.

Cobalt Blue High Impact PLA from VO3D

I then printed the Mickey ornament from ChaosCore Tech. As I expected, the file printed perfectly. Then I chose to toss the decoration across my shop floor a few times. I wanted to simulate kids grabbing this off a Christmas tree and throwing it around. The ornament held up to each bounce and crash. I have to say, VO3D’d claim about being 300% greater impact strength than standard PLA does seem to hold up to this unscientific test.

Bronze Fill HTPLA from Proto-pasta

Proto-pasta provided a sample of Bronze-Filled Metal Composite HTPLA. This is another filament I’ve printed quite often. This stuff is excellent. Not only does it print nicely, but it is also very solid and heavy feeling. I like to use this filament for dungeons and dragons type trinkets.

The recommended print settings for this filament are:

  • Hotend Temp: 185-215C
  • Bed Temp: 0-60C
  • Speed: 10-20mms first layer, 20-80mms rest
  • Nozzle: 0.6mm or larger recommended

I printed the temp tower and samples using a .6mm nozzle on a stock Ender 3 Pro. I printed the temp tower in five-degree increments from 190-210C. The tower printed perfectly the whole way through.

Bronze Fill HTPLA from Proto-pasta

I printed a scaled-down version of a dicer mug designed by Hex3D. Basically, I printed it at a size that would make it a perfect toothpick holder. It printed great. The sample has a fantastic texture that feels like some sort of antique. Plus, it is sturdy as heck. I also tried to print an even smaller one with the little filament I had left. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough to finish that print. But the picture above does show it was doing that scaled-down version quite nicely.

Final Verdict

This is another time I won’t give the win to any particular filament over the others. I’ve printed all of the filaments from the Makerbox 13 many times previously. All of them have been easy to print and have given me excellent results. However, I hope to print the sample of the HTPET+ from Fusion Filaments soon. That would be cool to try out!

Song of the Day: Christmas Eve/Sarajevo

It’s Christmas season. And I recently went to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra with my family. So I have to choose my favorite song by them as the song of the day!

Bonus Song: Carol of the Bells

Lindsey Stirling provides another great treat for Christmas. Her work with the violin is just amazing!

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