Makerbox 15 Print Results

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Makerbox Everything 15

Back in September of 2021, I received my Makerbox Everything subscription. Unfortunately, I fell a bit behind on these boxes due to building out a new shop and backed up orders. But now I’m once again getting caught up and can blog about them! The Everything box includes four easy-to-print filaments (Makerbox Easy) alongside four more advanced filaments (Makerbox Explorer).

Makerbox Easy Prints

FilaCube provided four samples of PLA2 for the Makerbox Easy filaments. I’ve printed FilaCube filaments in the past and bought rolls from Amazon. I’ve always had good results from their filament. Here is what FilaCube says about PLA2:

PLA 2 filaments have increased resilience (less brittle), a smoother surface finish, strong layer adhesion (bonding/binding), low shrinkage, and little-to-no warping.

FilaCube Website

The four colors included in the Makerbox Easy collection are Mint Green, Hot Pink, Grayish Brown, and Process Cyan.

The recommended print settings for this filament are:

  • Hotend Temp: 180-230C
  • Bed Temp: Less than 40C
  • Speed: Not Specified
  • Cooling: Not Specified

I printed all four samples on Ender 3 V2’s with stock hotends. I printed the temp towers in a range of 200C to 220C. The test models were all printed at the height of .16 mm. The temp towers were all sliced using CURA, while the test models were sliced using a mixture of Cura and PrusaSlicer.

Below is the print result from Mint Green. The temp tower printed quite nicely, with only the bottom bridge having a little bit of stringing. Rober Rollin designed the Riddler model. I was pleased with how this model turned out. The details of the Riddler’s coat and vest are superb.

Mint Green PLA2 from FilaCube

Up next is Hot Pink PLA2. The color of Pink is a little pinker than pictured below, but I wanted to use this picture to show how well the model printed. The temp tower was almost perfect, with a slight bump on the bottom bridge. A Mothers Day model by ChaosCoreTech was used to test the filament. The print ended up great. The little details in this model showed up great. The layer lines are only visible because of how close I zoomed in on the model.

Hot Pink PLA2 from FilaCube

Grayish Brown PLA2 was up next. The temp tower printed quite nicely. The top two bridges did have some minor artifacts. The Taz model designed by Rober Rollin printed nicely as well. I used no supports with the model. I think the tornado shows how well the filament handles overhangs.

Grayish Brown PLA2 from FilaCube

Up last for the Makerbox Easy selection is Process Cyan PLA2. The color is darker in real life, but I wanted to highlight the detail shown in this pic. The temp tower printed nicely with only a few tiny strings on the back of the tower and a couple of artifacts on the top bridges. The Sub Zero model was created by Rober Rollin. The model printed well, and the details on Sub-Zero are great-looking. I adjusted my belts after doing this model because of the noticeable layer lines when zoomed into the model (but not noticeable when eyeballing it).

Process Cyan PLA2 from Filacube

I’ve had good luck printing FilaCube filaments in the past. This sampling from MakerBox Easy was no exception. So FilaCube will remain on my list of filament manufacturers to keep in mind.

Makerbox Explorer Prints

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

The test models were all printed at the height of .16 mm on an Ender 3 V2 with stock hotend. The temp towers were all sliced using CURA, while the test models were sliced using either CURA or PrusaSlicer.

Ebony Wood PLA from Amolen

Up first in the Explorer selection is Ebony Wood PLA from Amolen. This filament includes 20% real wood fiber. The idea is that the filament will both look and smell like wood. I like wood-filled filaments, so I was happy to see this in the MakerBox.

The recommended print settings for this filament are:

  • Hotend Temp: 190-200C
  • Bed Temp: Not Listed
  • Speed: 30-60 mm/s
  • Cooling: 100%

Typically I will use a .6mm nozzle when printing wood filaments. But the info included with this filament did not make any nozzle suggestions, so I decided to stick with a .4mm nozzle. I saw no signs of clogging or under-extrusion doing so.

I printed the temp tower in a range from 190-210. The temp tower printed almost perfectly. I was amazed to see such a smooth print from a wood-filled filament.

I should note the print came out darker than the pictures below show. However, I chose this picture because it showed how Ender printed the models nicely.

Ebony Wood PLA from Amolen

I printed a Mando Tiki designed by Hex3D with a hotend temp of 195C. The wood grains and cracks in the model printed perfectly. The Matte look makes this model look better than any other filament I’ve utilized to print tikis. I’m seriously considering switching to this filament for my full-size tiki prints.

Galaxy Black PLA from eSun

Next is Galaxy Black PLA from eSun. This filament has an excellent additive to give it a “gorgeous luminous star appearance.”

The recommended print settings for this filament are:

  • Hotend Temp: 210-230C
  • Bed Temp: 45-60C
  • Speed: Not Listed
  • Cooling: 100%
  • Other: Recommended to use hardened steel or ruby nozzles

I printed the temp tower in a range from 210-230C. I have a couple of hardened steel nozzles, but I chose not to use one. Instead, the print was done with a standard brass .4mm nozzle. The temp tower printed very nicely, with a few small strings on the back of the tower. The middle bridge printed the best.

Galaxy Black PLA from eSun

Rober Rollin designed the Nightwing model. It printed great. There is a very cool sheen to this filament when the light hits it just right. I tried to capture that in the picture above. I’ve printed quite a bit of eSun filament the last couple of years, and I will probably keep doing so with results like this.

Extremely Matte PLA from Sandoz

The third filament is Extremely Matte PLA from Sandoz. This is an exciting filament because it “scatters light leaving the surface of your print to be luster free.” However, after printing the model below, I can also say it doesn’t feel like plastic either.

The recommended print settings for this filament are:

  • Hotend Temp: 190-210C
  • Bed Temp: 60-80C
  • Speed: Not Listed
  • Cooling: 100%
  • Other: Turn fan down if extremely fine stringing is present

I printed the temp tower in a range from 190-210C with a bed temp of 60C. I had some very slight lifting on one corner of the temp tower, but the towers printed perfectly! There was some very fine stringing throughout on the back of the tower. There also seemed to be a few areas of under-extrusion.

The purplish color of this is much darker. But I chose this picture because it showed off the print quite well.

Extremely Matte PLA from Sandoz

The test model is a Lobo Bust designed by Rober Rollin. The model printed great. There was some stringing by the hair. I probably should have turned my fan down a little. There also appeared to be some slight under extrusion. I wonder if that has to do with the stringing. I thought at first I should change my flow rate, but when I get a roll of this in the future, I’ll probably make sure the fan settings are correct, which may make a difference.

Gray Jessie Premium PETG from Printed Solid

Last but not least is Gray Jessie Premium PETG from Printed Solid. I’ve printed a lot of Jessie PLA and have always been happy with it. However, with many more of my prints moving from PLA to PETG, I’m pleased to see Jessie PETG as an option available on the market.

The recommended print settings for this filament are:

  • Hotend Temp: 230-255C
  • Bed Temp: 80-90C
  • Speed: 40-60 mm/s
  • Cooling: 30-50%
  • Other: None

I printed the temp tower in a range from 230-250C. The towers of the print tower printed well. There was some stringing throughout. And the top and bottom bridges had some issues, but the middle bridge was perfect. I thought about doing a retraction tower but opted instead to print a more functional part.

Gray Jessie Premium PETG from Printed Solid

The model is a PKE Control Front Panel designed by Ghostbusters Gear. There was some slight stinging, but nothing I couldn’t easily take care of with a retraction test. The panel printed great. I will use this print in a build I am currently doing. The print is smooth and very sturdy. I have no worries about using this in a project that will be beaten up during cons.

Conclusion

Makerbox 15 was a good lineup of filaments. I can’t say I disliked any of them. If I had to pick a winner, it would probably be the Ebony Wood PLA from Amolen due to how easy it printed and how it looked. But really, all of these filaments were worth my time and possibly worth buying in the future.

Song Of The Day: Mortal Kombat

A while back, I saw this video on YouTube, and it came to mind when printing the Sub Zero bust.

Bonus Song: Sonic Medley

Here is another cool video game related video I found on YouTube.

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