Alien3D UFO 41 Print Results

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Recently I received my November 2021 Alien3D UFO subscription box. I’m still behind a few boxes due to getting my new shop set up last year, but I thought I would blog about the latest box before continuing with the old ones. As always, the UFO has four sample filaments, an electronics project, and a bonus accessory. I will focus on the print samples in this post and blog about the electronics project in another box.

The Alien3D page regarding the UFO 41 can be found here.

UFO Contents

November 2021 UFO Contents

Once again, the UFO contains cool cards showing the recommended temp settings for each filament sample.

The project with the November 2021 UFO is a digital hourglass. This project was designed by Fernando and beautifully combined 3D printing and electronics. I will cover the assembly of the project in a future post.

The bonus accessory this month is a Z-Catch Vanadium Socket set. Z-Catch has an incredible nozzle removal tool. Too bad it sounds like this product isn’t produced anymore. An excellent metric socket set is always welcome in my shop.

Now to focus on the filament. Usually, I try to print the electronic project parts using the supplied filament samples. But this month had some substantial pieces for the project, so I am not using the filament samples for the prints.

Milky White PLA from Zyltech

Up first is Milky White PLA from Zyltech. I’ve used Zyltech now and then with pretty good results. According to the Alien3D card, its recommended settings are:

  • Extrusion Temp: 190-210 C
  • Bed Temp: 0-60 C
  • Speed: 60-100 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 190-210C. The bed temp was set to 60C and a speed of 50 mm/s. The temp tower printed good, with just some slight stringing on the lower two levels.

Milky White PLA from Zyltech

I printed a 2022 With Heart model by szkitron. The model printed quite nicely with a hotend temp of 200C. There were a few strings present, but they were quickly removed. I have printed this color of Zyltech filament in the past to create nice lithophanes.

I also printed a UFO Box Filament Sample Trading Card Holder by tsiolkovsky. The model printed nicely, and it can be seen holding the card.

Green PLA from Superfila

Next is Green PLA from Superfila. The prints are just a little darker than the image below shows. It really is a lovely deep shade of green.

  • Extrusion Temp: 195-210 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 195-215C. The bed temp was set to 60C and a speed of 50 mm/s. The temp tower printed beautifully. The middle bridge printed the best, but they all looked great.

Green PLA from Superfila

I printed a New Year Sign (2 jumps on 1) by szkitron. The model printed great with a hotend temp of 210C. There was one string on the model’s back where it touched the bed. Other than that, I would say this filament printed quite smoothly.

I also printed a UFO Box Filament Sample Trading Card Holder by tsiolkovsky. The model printed nicely, and it can be seen holding the card.

Mint Green PLA+ from SnowLabs

The third filament this round is Mint Green PLA+ from SnowLabs. I don’t recall printing Snowlabs filament in the past. However, it has a very nice-looking Mint Green sample.

  • Extrusion Temp: 190-230 C
  • Bed Temp: 0-80 C
  • Speed: 60-100 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 200-220C. The bed temp was set to 60C and a speed of 50 mm/s. The temp tower printed smoothly, with just a slight bit of stringing on the back of the lowest level.

Mint Green PLA+ from SnowLabs

I printed a 3D 2022 by Chmielowski. The model printed perfectly with a hotend temp of 205C. In addition, the model printed smooth and looks pretty durable. The printed PLA+ sample also seems slightly more durable than standard PLA.

I also printed a UFO Box Filament Sample Trading Card Holder by tsiolkovsky. The model printed nicely, and it can be seen holding the card.

Silver PLA from Precision 3D

Finally, we have Silver PLA from Precision 3D. The filament is darker than shown in the picture below. But I think the image below does an excellent job of showing how smooth this sample printed.

  • Extrusion Temp: 205-230 C
  • Bed Temp: 0-60 C
  • Speed: 60-100 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 205-225C. The bed temp was set to 60C and a speed of 50 mm/s. The temp tower printed very well. There was some slight stringing between the towers. The top level of the tower had the least stringing. But the towers themselves are smooth, and the bridges printed perfectly.

Silver PLA from Precision 3D

I printed a 3D Batman symbol as part of the BatSoapDish designed by petgreen. The model printed great with a hotend temp of 225C. The model printed smooth. There were a few thin strings in the model. But they were quickly removed and not worrisome. The model itself looks pretty nice. I could see using this filament when I wanted a lovely sleek look for a finished print.

I also printed a UFO Box Filament Sample Trading Card Holder by tsiolkovsky. The model printed nicely, and it can be seen holding the card.

Final Thoughts

This was an excellent selection of filaments from Alien3D. All of the provided samples printed easily and look quite nice. I could definitely see myself using any of the filaments in the future, especially if they have a color I am looking for in a particular project.

Song Of The Day: Basket Case

With two of the filaments being green, I couldn’t help but get a Green Day song stuck in my head:

Bonus Song: Dreams

Van Halen provides the bonus songs. I wanted to include a New Years’ song. This one may not generally be considered a New Years song, but I think it’s an excellent way to start 2022.

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