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Earlier this month, I received my December 2021 Alien3D UFO subscription box. 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 cool trading cards coming with the UFO were not present this month. Unfortunately, Josh didn’t receive the filaments initially planned for this UFO in time. That meant a last-minute substitution had to be made. I’ll go further into the excellent substitutions further down in this post.
The project with the December 2021 UFO is a Magnetic Ice Skating Rink. This project was designed by Bryan Vines and remixed by Fernando. I will cover the assembly of the project in a future post. I’m looking forward to seeing how that project goes.
The bonus accessory this month is a sample of 3D Gloop. Gloop has become one of my favorite adhesives for 3D printed projects. I’ve used the PLA and PET Gloop many times, and it has never let me down. Getting this as a bonus sample was a significant plus for UFO 42. (I sound like an infomercial, but it really is good stuff).
The Filament Samples
As I noted earlier in this post, Josh didn’t receive the filaments planned for the December UFO in time to ship the box. So instead, he substituted the samples for various filaments which had the Alien3D branding. Sadly he is no longer selling those filaments, but he noted the Alien3D branded filaments come from either IC3D or Hello3D. The samples I received appear to be from Hello3D.
Because of the project’s size for December, I chose not to use the sample filaments to print the electronics project STLs. Instead, I will print sample models.
I printed a temp tower in a range from 195 C to 215 C for each of the filament samples. That falls in the middle of the 190 C to 220 C range recommended. The recommended bed temp range is 0 – 50 C. I overlooked that and printed the towers with a bed temperature of 60 C.
Up first is Nebula Purple. This filament appears to be Silk-like Lavender from Hello3D. It is a lovely shade of purple.
The temp tower printed pretty well. There was some stringing throughout the back of the tower. The top level of the tower had very few strings. Based on the temp tower, I chose to print my test models at 215C.
I printed a Krusty the Clown by Rober Rollin as a test model. This printed quite nicely. There is some slight stringing in the areas where the nozzle had to travel through mid-air. But overall, the stuff printed great. I also printed a Valentine Heart Trophy designed by somethingc. That also printed quite well. There were a few small dimples, but overall it looks great.
Up next is Supernova Yellow. This filament appears to be Silk-like Yellow from Hello3D. It is a very nice shiny yellow filament.
The temp tower printed great. There was some slight stringing on the back of the tower, but overall the towers and bridges printed great. The top level of the tower had the best sheen to it. Based on the temp tower, I chose to print my test models at 215C.
As a test model, I printed a Tweety Bird by Rober Rollin. This printed superbly. There were a few small divets in the model, but no stringing was present. I also printed some miniaturized St Patty’s Day Horseshoes by ChaosCoreTech. Again, they printed great and will make nice little St Patty’s Day decorations.
Gamma Ray Green
Up next is Gamma Ray Green. This filament appears to be Silk-like Green from Hello3D. This lovely shiny green is perfect for the upcoming St Patty’s Day celebration prints.
The temp tower printed great. There is very little stringing on the back of the tower. Once again, the top layer of the tower had the best shine to it. Based on the temp tower, I chose to print my test models at 215C.
As a test model, I printed a St Patty’s Day Gnome by ChaosCoreTech. The silk-like green provided what is probably my favorite of the three silk filaments in this box. The gnome turned out great and has a lovely sheen to it. I also printed a miniaturized St Patty’s Day Horseshoes by ChaosCoreTech. It looks great. I wish I had more of this color to print more of them before St Patty’s Day.
Up next is Black Hole. This excellent black filament is filled with shiny silver flecks. The effect from the flecks is just incredible. I’m not sure which filament this is. It seems familiar, so I think I’ve printed a sample of it in the past.
The temp tower was an almost perfect print. The middle layer was superb. Based on the temp tower, I chose to print my test models at 205C.
As a test model, I printed a Mothers Day sculpture by ChaosCoreTech. I usually print this model in a silk or ivory filament. I thought this model would look fantastic with a spacey look. And wow, I was right. The mother holding a child looks meta. Plus, the flecks do their job of hiding any layer lines from eyeshot. I also printed a miniaturized St Patty’s Day Horseshoes by ChaosCoreTech. It looks great but probably not as cool as the silk horseshoes I’ve printed.
Alien3D provided a great lineup of filaments for UFO42. It’s almost too bad Alien3D isn’t selling filaments anymore. He had chosen some great filaments to rebrand as Alien3D. My favorite of the bunch would be a tie between the Black Hole and the Gamma Ray Green. Now to get working on the electronics project.
Song of the Day: Black Hole Sun
With the Black Hole filament, I could help but get this song from Soundgarden in my head.
Bonus Song: Mother
This isn’t really a mothers day song, but it came to mind when I printed the model. This is a great live version of Mother by Pink Floyd.