Last month I received Makerbox 18. Traditionally I would get the Makerbox that included four easy print filaments and four samples of more experimental filaments. But this time, I got the new addition of four PETG filament samples. To keep these posts from getting too long, I will do a separate post for each of the three filament types: Easy, Explorer, and PETG.
PLA samples from Push Plastic
Push Plastics provided the samples for this month’s Makerbox Easy filament. I’ve used Push Plastics PLA quite a bit in the past. This includes both from Makerbox samples and from spools I’ve used. I like this filament because it prints easily and has some pretty cool colors.
The colors included with the Makerbox easy selection are Red, Dark Teal, Flat Dark Earth, and Dark Grey.
The recommended settings for the Push Plastic PLA are:
- Hotend Temp: 190-220 C
- Bed Temp: 0-60 C
- Speed: 30-90 mm/s
I printed all four samples on an Ender 3 V2 with a stock hotend. The temp towers were printed in a range of 195C to 215C, with each level changing in five-degree increments. The test models were printed at a test height of .16mm. I used Cura to slice the temp towers. The models were printed using PrusaSlicer.
The temp tower for the Red PLA printed well. The middle layer (205C) printed the best. There was some very slight stringing on the back of the temp tower (as seen below). The towers themselves printed perfectly and seemed quite strong.
I printed an Elmo designed by Rober Rollin. I scaled it down to 65% and printed it with supports. The print turned out perfect. Elmo’s hair came out great, and the nose is smooth as heck. One thing I like about this red is that it is a bit darker than some of the other standard red filaments on the market.
The temp tower for the Dark Teal PLA printed great. The middle layer (205C) printed the best. I didn’t notice any stringing on the tower at all. I will note the actual color of the models is darker than what is shown below. The camera setup I used made this look almost more like a light blue. But I think this was the right picture to use since it nicely shows the print detail.
The test model is of Yondu by Rober Rollin. I scaled it down to 60% and used supports. The model printed almost perfectly. I love how the detail on Yondu’s fin shows up. Support removal also went easy. Overall I love how this test model turned out.
Flat Dark Earth
The temp tower for the Dark Teal PLA printed very well. There was some slight roughness on the back of the temp tower, but otherwise, it printed great. The picture below shows the brown a bit darker and less earth-like than in real life. The picture of the unprinted filament at the beginning of this post shows the color better. But I think the pic shows show well the filament prints.
The test print is Fozzie the Bear by Rober Rollin. It is scaled down to 65%, and supports were used. The model printed great. The minor blemishes seen in the pic above are from not getting all artifacts away from support removal. The detail for Fozzie’s hair looks great.
The temp tower for the Dark Grey printed quite nicely. There was some slight roughness on the back of the temp tower, but otherwise, it printed well. The picture below shows the brown a bit lighter than in real life. I wanted the light to show off the detail of the print, which did sacrifice some of the colors.
The test model is Emperor Palpatine by Rober Rollin. It was scaled down to 60%, and supports were used (although not necessary for this model). This was probably my favorite print of this group. The tail of his clothing looks perfect. I printed this at .16mm, my standard layer height for quality prints. I almost wish I had tried .12 mm to see how well the filament did.
Push Plastics provided some great samples for the Makerbox 18 Easy filaments. All four colors are very cool looking. More importantly, all four samples printed tremendous and allowed for incredible detail. Push Plastics PLA will stay on my list of filaments worth ordering.
Song of the Day: Come a Little Bit Closer
Having printed Yondu, I can’t help but play his song. This is one of my favorite MCU scenes. Even though it is probably one of the more bloody and savage scenes, it is such a great bit of revenge that you don’t even notice. The song is Come a Little Bit Closer by Jay and the Americans.
Bonus Song: Mr Blue Sky
How can I go with a Guardians of the Galaxy 2 song without also playing Mr. Blue Sky from Electric Light Orchestra (well, a shortened version). Who doesn’t love seeing a young Groot being, well, a young Groot.