Best source for 3d printer filament

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  1. tumutbound

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    After a break, I've gotten my 3d printer running again but I'm having problems printing with some filament and I suspect it's due to age (the filaments, not mine).

    Where are other 3d printer users getting their filament? I'm only after 1.75mm PLA at this stage.
     
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    I use hobbyking PLA filament...
    so far so good...

     
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    Hobbyking on eBay? They only show 3mm PLA.
     
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    I have had good experiences with Bilby3D in the past when they were BilbyCNC. Their selection of 1.75 is pretty good.
     
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    Www.blueprinted.co
    Sydney based company.
    Very fast shipping and the quality of their pla is great!
     
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    Thanks for the responses.

    All the filament I currently have is from Bilby. No problems with it initially but after 2 years, I suspect that some of my 'issues' are due to it's age and less than optimal storage :o

    I've ordered a couple of reels of PLA from Blueprinted and a couple from ModFab - Blueprinted shipping, ModFab is only $10, not bad for Tassie.

    Now I just need to find things to print...
     
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    Printed a few items with the Blueprinted PLA (white) and I'm quite impressed. Getting a much better finish than with my current filament but that might be due to age (the filament's not mine!)
    Hope to receive the ModFab order tomorrow.
     
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    The CQI PLA is good, but the ABS is not...i've had a few rolls now and the ABS has poor layer adhesion. For ABS for same price try 3dFillies, it's a smaller and wider spool but the prints and adhesion i am getting are ridiculously good and the colours are deeper and nicer.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up. I'd had so much pain trying to print ABS that I was doing it on the printer at the local hackerspace when the need arose. Last night I needed a new hotend mount so thought I'd try the ABS and it worked flawlessly despite the filament (Bilby) being nearly 3 years old.
    A properly levelled (new - Mk2B) bed, a new E3DV6 hotend and printing to kapton on glass seemed to be the magic combination. An enclosure is being designed!
     
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    Im getting mine from Verbatim via my reseller account.

    90 bucks for 3kg of 1.75mm
     
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    Received the ModFab filament today and it's actually Aurarum brand.
    I'll give it a try tonight and see how it goes.
    The Blueprinted stuff is very good, nice clean prints, no jams.
     
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    Good to know! I just bought two rolls, white and light green PLA.

    My new E3D Lite6 is working great I best treat it to some nice filament. Other than this I've only ever used eSun and Aurarum, never had good luck with Aurarum, eSun from Kingdom3D always works great.
     
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    Printed with some of the Aurarum grey PLA and it came out pretty well, did take a few tests to get the temperature right (190c).
    I also got a reel of natural PLA from ModFab - not marked as Aurarum - and it also did a good print (benchy).
    Has shown up the need for better print cooling though.
     
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    Sweet sweet, most Aurarum PLA needs part cooling. I've used Auraum Black, only problem it became brittle within a couple of weeks, a shame must of been a old spool, still managed to use most of it.

    eSun I've never had a problem with, it's cheap and you can tell its made with cheap plastic but it works. Will be good to try some "premium" stuff again.
     
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    meh @ auraram PLA.. They need to get their shiz together. Want to support Australian made, but not this way..

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    ^Had been dodgy like this straight out of the sealed packet. Pulled so many meters off the spool but still get brittle sections. Have another glow spool that is the same (perhaps worse), and a Blue spool that is probably the only semi usable one - but even then it bends much easier than other good PLA I have and seemed to give me more extruder troubles.

    Blueprinted has been great for me :thumbup:
     
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    Exactly the same experience with Aurarum pla i had, piss poor and i'm ashamed that rubbish is made in Australia.
     
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    I use Verbatim. Absolute best filament EVER. Its amazing. I can get 3 1kg rolls for a bit over 100 bucks.
     

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