June 2021 Alien3D UFO Print Results

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As I continue to open previous Alien3D UFOs, I now get to the June 2021 subscription box. The UFO has 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

June 2021 Alien3D UFO contents

As is the new norm, the four filament samples include baseball-style cards with the basic print settings. These have been a favorite for me to collect. Plus, they are pretty handy.

The project with the June 2021 UFO is an excellent WiFi app-controlled RGB lamp. I used the filament from this box to print the parts for the said lamp. This blog will cover the assembly of the project in another post.

A nifty little multi-tool came with the box. I have these all over my shop. Of course, you can never have too many multi-tools!

Now to focus on the filament.

Aqua Blue PLA from COEX

The first sample is Aqua Blue PLA from COEX. I’ve printed COEX samples in the past with good results. According to the Alien3D card, its recommended settings are:

  • Extrusion Temp: 215-235 C
  • Bed Temp: 0-60 C
  • Speed: 40-90 mm/s

The temp tower and test prints were done using an Ender 3 V2 with a stock hotend. I printed the temp tower in five-degree increments from 215-235C. The bed temp was set to 60C and a speed of 50 mm/s. The temp tower printed beautifully.

Aqua Blue PLA from COEX

I printed the project’s LED diffuser and lamp base as test prints. Somehow when I sliced the diffuser in CURA, I placed the model upside down, so I won’t be able to use it for the project. But, the models printed quite nicely. There is a lot of pimples showing up on the diffuser. But that appears to be more CURA-related than filament-related (I had the same slice do the same with another filament).

I also printed a couple of ornaments designed by ChaosCoreTech. I printed them both at .16mm, and they both printed perfectly. So overall, I think the PLA from COEX prints well and is worth putting on the worth including in a list of usable filaments.

White PLA from Overture

Up next is White PLA from Overture. I’ve printed Overture filament quite a bit, and I’ve never had problems with it. People can often find good deals for it on Amazon. According to the Alien3D card, its recommended settings are:

  • Extrusion Temp: 190-220 C
  • Bed Temp: 0-60 C
  • Speed: 25-80 mm/s

I printed a temp tower in five-degree increments from 195-215C on an Ender 3 V2 with a stock hotend. The bed temp was 60C and speed 50 mm/s. The tower printed great from bottom to top. There were a couple of strings on the bottom bridge, but that is all.

White PLA from Overture

Like the COEX sample, I printed the LED diffuser and lamp base from the project as test prints. Unfortunately, I used the same STL, and the LED diffuser is upside down. But the diffuser and the base printed great. Just as before, the pimples were present in the LED diffuser; but again, that was a slicing issue.

I also printed a couple of ornaments designed by ChaosCoreTech. I printed them both at .16mm, and they both printed perfectly. So overall, I think the PLA from Overture prints well and will continue to use it when I find it for a reasonable price.

Lucid Pearl Elixir PLA Blend from Polyalchemy

Up next is Lucid Pearl Elixir PLA Blend from Polyalchemy. Polyalchemy Elixer filament is now a part of the filaments found at Printed Solid. Elixer is a PLA blended with polymers to create this stuff’s extraordinary shine. This is yet another filament from this box that I have printed multiple times. In the past, I’ve found it prints well and looks spectacular.

According to the Alien3D card, its recommended settings are:

  • Extrusion Temp: 200-220 C
  • Bed Temp: 0-60 C
  • Speed: 30-50 mm/s

I printed a temp tower in five-degree increments from 200-220C on an Ender 3 V2 with a stock hotend. The bed temp was 60C and speed 50 mm/s. The towers printed quite nicely. There was some rough bridging. The middle bridge (210C) was the best looking.

Lucid Pearl Elixir PLA Blend from Polyalchemy

I printed both the LED diffuser and the base from the project one last time. This time I resliced the model correctly. The print results are marvelous! The shine of this filament is just incredible!

I also printed a couple of ornaments designed by ChaosCoreTech. I printed them both at .16mm, and they both look like fancy store-bought ornaments. Elixer PLA from Printed Solid will remain on the list of filaments I would like to use for fancy prints that need to be shiny.

Military Green PLA from Paramount 3D

Last but not least is Military Green PLA from Paramount 3D. I don’t recall ever printing Paramount 3D, so this was an excellent opportunity to do so.

According to the Alien3D card, its recommended settings are:

  • Extrusion Temp: 190-210 C
  • Bed Temp: 0-60 C
  • Speed: 30-50 mm/s

I printed a temp tower in five-degree increments from 190-210C on an Ender 3 Pro with a stock hotend. The bed temp was 60C and speed 50 mm/s. The temp tower printed perfectly. There was no stringing, and everything was as smooth as could be.

Military Green PLA from Paramount 3D

I chose to print the LED base with this filament. It printed so nicely that it looks almost like a manufactured part I ordered from a supplier. This stuff prints nicely.

As with the other filament samples, I also printed a couple of ornaments designed by ChaosCoreTech. I printed them all at .16mm, and they look like fancy store-bought ornaments. If all of Paramount 3Ds filament prints this nicely, I would look to buy more of it in the future.

Final Thoughts

Alien3D had a good sampling of filaments for the June 2021 UFO. All four samples were easy to print and looked great. I probably would give the Elixer a slight edge over the other filaments, just because of how cool it looks.

Song of the Day: Mandalorian Carol of the Bells

This song came out on YouTube last year. This is now one of my favorite Christmas songs!

Bonus Song: Christmas Time is Here

To keep with the Christmas theme I thought this track by Steve Vai would be perfect.

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