3D printers are nothing without their filaments. As there are different types of printers there are different types of filaments making it extremely difficult to choose the best one. However, there are certain factors that can help you choose the best filaments for your 3D printers.
The first of the things that you will have to check is the diameter of the filament being used by your printer. The other features to check out for include type of filament which can be ABS, PVA and PLA. Each of these filament materials has its pros and cons and they are used for different applications. You will have to check out your requirements and then choose the ideal filament material. The grade of the filament is also important to check before purchasing as there are filaments of different grades. You must also check for the printing conditions of the filament and the color that you want to purchase.
We have done the hard work for you and have prepared a list of the best 3D printer filament after researching the market. These filaments have been reviewed on the basis of their material, grade, consistency, color and price. You can peruse through the list to find the best one that suits your requirement.
Scored 4.1/5.0 – From 39 Customer Reviews
Priced From $39.95
I was so excited to get this in the mail, I had been wanting one forever. When you get the package it includes a link to their google drive which has all the software and documentation you would need. The build manual was made with power point and it was awesome. The manual ad everything 100% easier and I had it up and powered on in a day. The only issues I had were that’s couple of the acrylic pieces that you use to build the frame were damaged an entire corner was broken off of one. I managed to fix it with super glue nut it works and I was ok with it. The other issue I had dealt with the motors. The harnesses for the motors were st one time wired incorrectly and while checking on the wires I found the long cable for the extruder motor had a pin broken off of a wire. I don’t have a pin crimper availible to me for square pins so I opened the old pin and did the best I could and followed with some solder it did however Crack the black plug but it works for now I had an issue after all of this with z motors not working at all. I got ahold of tech support and we were trying to work through it all in email I asked if I could call to talk to someone and I was informed that the tech support wouldn’t be open for several days due to the holiday. He did however give me his phone number and I gave him a call and we ran though everything on the board and turns out the motors were wired incorrectly internally so I changed back thr wires I had already changed before the printer works great now and I haven had any other problems that I couldn’t sort out myself with google. In a nutshell it was the best tech support I’ve gotten from anyone in a while. Also I was asked a couple of times if I needed any parts replaced that were broken. They seem like a small startup company and I won’t take advantage of their hospitality. The only thing I would like to see them send me is a new cable for the extruder motor
HATCHBOX 3D PLA-1KG1.75-WHT PLA 3D Printer Filament, Dimensional Accuracy +/- 0.05 mm, 1 kg Spool, 1.75 mm, White
Scored 4.4/5.0 – From 294 Customer Reviews
Priced From $40.00
It’s quite simply a really good filament. It took a bit of trial and error with the temperature, and for the parts I’m making, 195-198 C works quite well. I’d probably go lower on tall, thin parts where stringing might be an issue, though I’m not sure how low it can go and still print. Unlike other PLA which smells somewhat like warm, syrup-covered waffles, the Hatchbox white has a smell akin to Elmer’s glue, but a tad stronger. Not bad, mind you, just different. I sometimes print small items, such as HO Scale furniture, and it works wonderfully. To give you an idea how small that is, a 6 foot tall china cabinet measures 23mm tall, 2.6mm deep – and I can see every detail I designed into it, shelves, molding, and all.
HATCHBOX 3D WOOD-1KG1.75 3D Printer Filament, Dimensional Accuracy +/- 0.05mm, 1.75 mm, 1 kg Spool, Wood
Scored 4.3/5.0 – From 129 Customer Reviews
Priced From $34.99
I haven’t used wood-based filaments from any other brands, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Hatchbox filament. However, I haven’t had any trouble with it so far and it really does look like wood after sanding the printed part.When I used the filament for the first time, I noticed that it was extremely brittle. While some PLA filaments will snap if you bend them too far, this filament snapped even easier than that. I was initially worried that it might snap as I was feeding it into my extruder, but that didn’t turn out to be a problem, and I haven’t had any problems with the brittleness of the filament since then. I should note that all of the parts I’ve printed have been rather solid and have not had thin walls. The thick parts that I’ve printed have all been very rigid and sturdy.Another notable difference between this filament and regular PLA is that the Hatchbox wood filament is not perfectly smooth. When looking at it closely, it looks like individual pieces of sawdust are visible. It’s almost like the texture of composite wood decking. I was worried that the sawdust in the filament may not be ground fine enough and that it might clog within my printer’s nozzle (0.4mm), but I haven’t had any clogging issues yet.The photos that I’ve uploaded show what it looks right straight off the printer as well as what it looks like after a light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper. I printed the part on a Printrbot Play using the stock 0.4mm nozzle at a temperature of 220c (probably hotter than needed). The layer height was 0.3mm.I hope this helps anyone who’s wondering how parts printed with this filament look after being sanded.
HATCHBOX 3D ABS-1KG1.75-BLK ABS 3D Printer Filament, Dimensional Accuracy +/- 0.05 mm, 1 kg Spool, 1.75 mm, Black
Scored 4.2/5.0 – From 223 Customer Reviews
Priced From $21.99
Update: After speaking with a representative, they replaced the contaminated spool and the new one is of great quality. Good customer service, too! My prints are coming out flawless. If you do receive a spool that with the results below, just email them and let them know what’s going on; they take care of their customers. I’m definitely coming back to them in the future.____________________________________________First of all, this filament is SATISFACTORY for small projects, but the imperfections within it really build up on larger projects.I’ve probably had to redo the same print 4 times to get it as an acceptable print with this material; while the cheaper ABS holds up! Have I mentioned the flak it puts out?? I’d hate to know how many even smaller sized clusters I can’t see, that I’m still inhaling!If you want to waste your money, your time….and maybe even your health, buy this.If you still want to buy this, use a infill rate between 35% and <100% and boost the temp. up to 235+ to negate the effects of the impurities. At least then it might not be a total loss, but more than likely, layer adhesion will be your biggest problem… along with the particles it emits.Update: I’ve contacted the company and they’re sending a replacement. I’ll let everyone know how the new spool turns out.
HATCHBOX 3D PLA-1KG1.75-BLU PLA 3D Printer Filament, Dimensional Accuracy +/- 0.05 mm, 1 kg Spool, 1.75 mm, Blue
Scored 4.5/5.0 – From 266 Customer Reviews
Priced From $43.00
Hatchbox is my go-to filament. I received some Blue filament with my Flashforge but really didn’t care for the color – it’s almost a dull shade of blue. Hatchbox blue is so bright and vibrant! Makes great prints!! I’ve printed through several rolls of their PLA filament on both my Printrbot Simple Metal at home and my Flashforge Creator Pros at work – a middle school classroom. It prints well on both machines. I find 205 degrees Celsius to be the optimal temperature for most prints. Not all prints are perfect but I often find that the issue is more in the model than the filament. In other words, if my print has flaws when printed with Hatchbox, I can reprint using a different brand and the new print will have the same flaw. When this happens, making adjustments to the print settings (layer height, print speed, temperature) often helps.I recommend storing all PLA filament in zip loc bags or other airtight containers, with the silica gel packs tucked inside. I’ve had some rolls for close to a year and they still print flawlessly.I try to write helpful, concise reviews for all of my Amazon purchases. If you found this to be helpful, please let me know by clicking “yes” below. Thank you!
HATCHBOX 3D PLA-1KG1.75-RED PLA 3D Printer Filament, Dimensional Accuracy +/- 0.05 mm, 1 kg Spool, 1.75 mm, Red
Scored 4.5/5.0 – From 188 Customer Reviews
Priced From $22.99
I have been 3D printing for about seven months, and so far I have only used Hatchbox filament. Once I really learned how to use my printer and get all of the settings tweaked just right, this filament has given me a great, hassle free printing experience. I do print a little higher than recommended at 215C, but I find that 210C is a little too low when trying to print at higher speeds (On an E3D V6 hotend). I have tried many different colors from Hatchbox and have yet to be disappointed. The diameter has always been consistent with no noticeable oval shape to it. My only issue is that the spool core is quite small, so when you start to reach the end of the spool, the filament has a harder time unrolling and becomes more brittle. This only happens for the last meter to meter and a half though, so it doesn’t bother me too much. I just take it off of the spool completely and let it feed itself through that way. Overall I have been extremely happy with this filament and will likely continue to use it for a very long time. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Scored 3.8/5.0 – From 11 Customer Reviews
Priced From $26.59
Plain and simple, this is an amazing filament. Yes, it is expensive…. but the results are exceptionally impressive.I printed it on my CraftBot using mostly “traditional” PLA settings. I bumped up the extruder temperature about 5 degrees (C), and I suspect this is because the aluminum fill “wicks” some of the heat away from the melt chamber (conduction). The resulting finish is “matte” and you won’t get any of the gloss that you would expect from straight PLA.The print was quite strong with good layer-to-layer bonding. It does not appear to be as brittle as straight PLA, and I get model deflection reminiscent of ABS.The material density is higher than straight PLA, so your model will have a “heavy” and substantial feel to it.It’s a little early to tell if the aluminum fill is going to accelerate the nozzle wear (like you can get with some filled filaments). I’ll follow-up if that becomes an issue.I’ve ordered more!
Scored 4.3/5.0 – From 58 Customer Reviews
Priced From $21.99
Very happy with this material. It gives very clean prints. I was a bit surprised at the higher temps required (225C). That must be a result of the pigment additives. It looks more like silver when you view the top or bottom layer. When viewed from the side, seeing .2mm layers edge-on, it looks darker and mostly grey. The photo shows a model rocket plane where you see the grey effect, and a rectangular piece printed with hilbert-curve infill on the layer that was in contact with the glass print bed, where you see a more silvery effect. Update: It sticks nicely to the glass bed of my Orion with NO GLUE ! And it pops off by itself if you let it cool completely! Can’t ask for more than that.
Scored 4.5/5.0 – From 26 Customer Reviews
Priced From $255.73
- The da Vinci Mini streamlines its printing function through a single-button print design as well as providing different colored LEDs to indicate printing conditions
- The da Vinci Mini can connect wirelessly to your home network for easy 3D printing throughout your home, office, or classroom
- Use XYZware to connect to your network and experience its updated slicing precision and computing efficiency, shortening the preparation time required before printing
- The da Vinci Mini prints only with XYZprinting’s non-toxic PLA filament, which has gone through various tests to ensure that it is DEHP-free and Heavy Metal-free for your safety.
- XYZprinting provides free 3D design software xyzmaker, free XYZ 3D gallery, and free 3D printing Curriculum on XYZprinting steam
**Update after 1 week of use**I am officially upgrading my review to 5 stars. Check out the pictures of my prints after just one week of use. This printer is amazing. I’ve had a few failures, but by and large, this thing just cranks out high quality prints. My longest print so far was about 14 hours, and it came out great. I print multiple things at one time with little fear of failure. I use files both from the XYZ 3D Gallery as well as the Thingiverse. For anyone waiting for an inexpensive printer that JUST WORKS, this is it.**End Update, Begin Pervious Review**First, a little about me. I am not a beta tester. I bought my machine from Amazon. This is a preliminary review after using the printer for a few days with just the included filament. The XYZ Da Vinci Mini is my first and only 3D printer. I have absolutely no 3D printing experience and little technical ability. I also have precious little time for hobbies. For the past few years I’ve been fascinated by the technology, watching from afar until I found a machine that would (hopefully) be extremely user friendly and truly (really really really) out-of-the box plug-and-play ready. I think I found it.I give the Da Vinci Mini 4 stars rather than 5 because it is not perfect. However, it is excellent and is absolutely meeting and exceeding my expectations.I found printer set up to be a little more difficult than I had hoped. The instructions included in the box are very low quality, but there are helpful tutorials online. For me it was about 1.5 hours from opening the box to starting my first print. My first print, a VW bug for my son, was a fail. Within the first two layers going down the print completely peeled off the included bed cover. I didn’t have a glue stick at the time, so on the recommendation of other reviewers, I snagged my husband’s blue painter’s tape and put a layer of that down. Worked perfectly (although it did lead to indentations in the plastic on the bottom of the model where the tape layers overlapped slightly). Subsequently I’ve upgraded to wider tape to avoid this issue and will also try the glue stick method with the included bed cover. My first print took about 5 hours on the “good” (medium) resolution setting. I let it go overnight and awoke to a fantastic (if not totally perfect) print in the morning. The wheels, which printed separately, snapped right into place. Amazing.I did not have such luck that night with my second print attempt. I tried four times to print a “star ball” and got very frustrated with the time it was taking to run the slicer then send the file to the printer each time there was a fail very early in the print. I admit I tried to go big and use the “excellent” resolution setting. I went to bed frustrated and without the promise of a cool little print waiting for me when I woke up.After chatting with some friendly 3D printing enthusiasts, I figured out that the failures were more than likely user error on my part. My pretty “star ball” probably needed supports, which I didn’t add because I didn’t know how to and I figured, if supports were needed, they would come with the model. Not so. I think I know how to add supports to models, but I’m not sure and I don’t want to waste my little time with the printer on errors until I’ve have had more experience.This brings me to my biggest gripe about the Da Vinci Mini. The XYZware slicing and printing software is not as intuitive as I would like. I have yet to be able to connect the printer to WiFi. The screen that I see must be an update because it looks nothing like the screen shots included in the in-box instructions and the online tutorials. I’m going to have to call support (annoying) to try to figure it out. Also, I wish there was a startup guide to the software so I had help understanding when to use certain features, such as when to use supports or what all of the advanced printing features mean. I found a YouTube on an older version of the software meant for earlier Da Vinci printers, which helped, but didn’t answer all my questions. XYZ, if you are reading this, can you help?I’ll end on a positive note. The thing that matters most to me in a 3D printer is that I can get home from work, upload a model, and just GO. I love sitting on my couch while my Mini makes me something fun to find in the morning. I need to have faith that the machine will work as promised most of the time with minimal tinkering. I’m currently sitting on my couch (watching the Cubs) while my Mini hums away (pleasantly, and kind of futuristically) printing me chain links for my son to play with tomorrow. Not perfect, but definitely great. If you are like me, I think you will love this printer.
Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer with Heated Build Plate, Includes Micro SD Card and Sample PLA Filament – 115365
Scored 3.8/5.0 – From 83 Customer Reviews
Priced From $219.99
- Fully assembled and calibrated at the factory
- Support for All Filament Types: The heated build plate and wide range of extruder temperatures allow this printer to work with any type of filament, from basic filaments, such as ABS and PLA, to more advanced materials, such as conductive PLA, wood and metal composites, or dissolvable PVA.
- Compact Desktop Design: Featuring a small footprint and basic, open frame design, this 3D printer is compact enough for any desk.
- Ready to Print: Unlike most other low-cost 3D printers, this printer ships fully assembled and has already been calibrated at the factory. We even include sample PLA filament and a MicroSD card with preinstalled models, so you can start printing right out of the box!
- Heated aluminum build plate nozzle cooling fan for printing all filament types. Complete kit with sample PLA filament, bed scraper, and MicroSD card with preloaded model files. Micro USB and MicroSD card connectivity. PC and Mac compatible. Compatible with Cura, Repetier, and other software
I’ve had this printer now for a couple days, and aside from a few instances of issues that were incredibly easy to fix its been printing like a champ non stop. I’ve gotten some pretty stellar prints out of this machine with little to no tweaking of settings; Which given how fickle 3d printing can be in general I’d say its a win (especially for the price).Like the other reviewer I did not get my sample filament, that does seem to be the area that this printer missed out on for most people; I also had an issue where my hotend fan wasn’t working, it was simply unplugged from the motherboard, which they helpfully did not block access to by hiding screws. Thanks whoever built this machine.Both issues were relatively an easy fix and lets be honest, the sample filament would have been maybe a couple grams worth of material, hardly enough to drop the review down any.
3D printers are designed to work with a particular type of filament. Therefore, when looking for the best filament, you must check your printer’s calibration and type to buy the perfect filament. Depending upon your printing requirements, you can choose different colored filaments.
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