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The best PLA out there for me

STANDARD BLACK

I have the ultimaker 2+ and use the 2.2 gram rolls with no issues. I'm a police officer and needed a better radio holder and expandable baton holder so I designed my own and now Everyone wants them. I've had a few little issues with breakage but I'm very happy with Colorfabb pla/pha black. I've used ABS but I like this PLA alot it's very durable. Someday I'd like to try other types of filaments that could hold up to everyday abuses but for no nothing beats this product for me. I may try xt or nGen in the future

Review by: Gerald

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Good, Easy, Hight-Quality & Affordable

STANDARD WHITE

This Material is definitely something for the ones who just want something to work on their printer. The coloring looks very nice, and after printing it has a lovely, uniform looking coloration to it. The surface feels smooth (apart from the printing layers, of course), and the models feel firm and good. The material is also exceptionally easy to print. With a heatbed, a glass plate, and some light tweaking, this material can quickly produce nicely made models. It won't warp at all if you keep bed temperature up, and I couldn't see a bit of stringing or similar on my models. It's a bit softer, which makes it easier to print overall, and it won't snap in a bowden tube, or cause any other nasty problem.

Review by: David

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great but with challances

XT-CF20

I love how the materials looks after printed. I print at 0.2mm layers, 40mm/sec speed, nozzle 290 degrees and bed 90. The only problem I find is that sometimes with the material a big chuck comes out (something I do not have with any other material) and as this material is super fast very hard and strong, this chuck can be in the way and destroy a print. On my sigma with a springloaded bed, this usually is not much of a big problem, but on my kossel XL with no spring loaded bed a huge issue and the collision between the chuck and nozzel will force the printer to be out of alignment and ruing the print.

Review by: Richard

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So it's not just me then...

BLUEISH WHITE

On 2 separate occasions I have had an important job to do where there was a tight deadline and a good finish was required in white; and I used bluish white PLA/PHA. On both occasions I just struggled to get a good finish. On the most recent occasion I replaced the teflon isolator in my UM2 and put a brand new nozzle in, I dried my material and spent the better part of the weekend trying to get a good finish, pretty much consuming an entire roll in the process. In the end I had to deliver a product which I was not completely satisfied with because it was time-critical. I have been printing on my UM2's for 2.5 years, so I normally manage to get the best out of them, but having now read other reviewers commenting on this material being difficult to print with, I have come to the conclusion that it may be the material that's the problem after all, and bluish white PLA/PHA is not a material I will use again. I get better results from much cheaper material.

Review by: Greg

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Same issue as the other guy...

BAMBOOFILL

It looks like this is clogging the nozzle. I've never seen this before and while the material smells wonderful, it may require a lot of futzing to get working right.

Review by: Kevin

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Nice surface

NGEN LIGHT BLUE

Ngen blue used for Pokemon, it makes a nice surface, extruding so fine. It is strong too!!

Review by: Wim

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Great color, rock solid, shinning filament

XT-RED

XT was twice expensive than my usual filaments but decided to try one. I tried RED and wow the result. Very strong, eye catching and odorless. I printed with a speed of 60 mm/sec and beautiful, I even tried 80, 90, 100 and 120 mm/sec with 100% fan on and still I get good results. I also tried low speeds without fan and I got shinning and transparent surface. I used kapton tape which worked perfect with no warping and easy remove. Bed temp 70 deg. Celcius and Extruder temp 250 deg. Celcius. I use all steel extruder w/o teflon pipe so I can print with high temperatures as this filament seems to love high temps.

Review by: Webliya

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Easy to print and great strength

HT BLACK

My first order of HT filament arrived today. I unboxed it and made some testprints. My initial settings on my Ultimaker 2 were 260C nozzle temperature and 100C HPB. These objects were rather small. I have to find out if 100C will work with larger objects or that I will use the recommended 110-120C by Colorfabb. First impression of the prints and print process is flawless. It prints with great ease and I experience a good and stable flow. Similar to normal PLA/PHA. One piece of advise I will give, but it has nothing to do with the quality of the product, is be carefull and have a critical look using brims or support material. Because of its strength, it doesn't come of as easily as PLA/PHA

Review by: Ruben

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Excellent functional Material

NGEN WHITE

If PLA is cheaper and excellent for my iteration development process, nGEN filament is for me often the final functional material for, housings, covers, etc. Nice shiny material and does the job for me from 0.2 - 0.35 layer height. Eventually clogging the hot-end I did eliminate completely having the filament running through a sponge just before entering the extruder. The sponge is lightly soaked (once a week two or three drops) in sewing machine oil. With this I keep the filament clean and a little slippery in the hot-end throat

Review by: Ed

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I don't use PLA or ABS anymore...

NGEN BLACK

nGen is very predictable and strong. Great quality. I'll just pile on to the other 5 star reviews. This is my go to filament. Heated bed 85C, nozzles 230C, I use Gizmo Dorks 6" bed tape for an easy quick release.

Review by: Charles

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I Love This Stuff

XT-CF20

Like most people who use 3D printers, I have tried a whole slew of 3D printer filaments that the manufacturers claim are strong enough to use in structural components of your designs, but until I found XT-CF20, I had always been disappointed in both the print quality and strength of parts made with these other 3D printer filaments. And naturally, I was a bit skeptical when I ordered my first roll of XT-CF20, but I was (and continue to be) amazed by this product. I use this filament mostly for fabricating or enhancing RC aircraft parts, including landing gear struts. Before I found XT-CF20, I would have never even considered using a 3D printed part for something like landing gear struts that can take some serious abuse, especially during hard landings. But I have been able to use XT-CF20 for things like this with confidence. In fact, I have found that I am more likely to damage my airframe than break a part printed with XT-CF20. It's true that you do have to work a bit to get your 3D print job parameters set right for this filament, but once you do, the parts are not only strong but look great too. So far, this is the most useful, most durable 3D printer filament that I have found, and before I found this filament, I didn't think it was possible to make 3D printed parts that would rival commercial grade OEM parts in terms of strength and durability, but I am convinced that parts printed with XT-CF20 actually do. I love this filament and always make sure to order more before I run out so that I can be certain to always have some on hand.

Review by: John

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Great

STANDARD WHITE

Second time ordering the standard-white filament from Colorfabb. Very pleased with the results this filament delivers. I have not yet had any problems with warping, not sticking to the bed and stringing on my UltiMaker 2+. Using my 3dhub discount makes it even more attractive. 5 stars & keep up the good work.

Review by: Falco

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Temperamental stuff

BAMBOOFILL

Heh, this is something of a uphill battle to deal with. The only thing I'd rely on it to do is clog the nozzle. If the filament is left in the heated nozzle for even the shortest period, it clogs. Just changing the filament and letting the nozzle cool without immediately starting a print can make it clog. Even with 0.8 nozzles. Must have done about 20 cold pulls trying to make this stuff work. Big nozzles, temperatures on the low side and high extrusion rates seem to be absolutely mandatory, or it's insta-clog time. I figure the remaining half of this spool is going to sit on the shelf until it rots. There are easier things to work with.

Review by: Michael

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Bloody excellent.

STANDARD WHITE

For some reason, white always seems to be the unruly teenager of PLA. This one though, I find exceedingly easy to deal with. No issues whatsoever, it just works (well, not counting my own screw-ups anyway). This is hands down the best white I can find.

Review by: Michael

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surprised

RED TRANSPARENT

Really easy to print. Only printed woodfill and abs sofar so this is quite a surprise. When you print something flat several layers like a case it almost looks like a reflector. For examples check out thingiverse.com/dutchprint/makes

Review by: random

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Nice product

BLUEISH WHITE

I used this filament for printing 15 parts for a cosplay gun. The surface was really smooth (printed in 100 micron on my UM2+ extended) and since the colour is quite neutral, it's excellent for painting afterwards. The formal name is 'Blueish' but to me it seems more 'Greyish' white.

Review by: Pamatino

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Impressive strength and printability

HT BLACK

I was looking for a stronger filament that could handle high temps for my prototype applications and HT is it! It makes very strong parts and layer adhesion is excellent. I thought it might be difficult to print with, but it works great on my Lulzbot Mini. I had a problem with warping at first, but I raised the bed temp and that fixed the problem. So if you need a strong filament for prototypes or industrial use, HT is a great choice.

Review by: Rich

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great color, prints like paste

BLUEISH WHITE

Filament in 1,75mm. Ordered a green pla/pha sample with a spool of clear XT. I had great prints! The pla flowed really nice and layers were almost not visible at 0,1mm. Expected the same from this filament. Unfortunately this material prints like paste. Flow is not good even at higher temps. Bridging and overhangs look terrible! Another issue I have with this material is jamming the hotend. At slower printing speeds the material jams and ruins the print. I'm using the E3D v6 with their 0.4mm brass nozzle. On the bright side the color of this pla is great!

Review by: mohammad

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nice color .. bad quality !

STANDARD WHITE

the color of this filament is amazing .. but everything else is bad! its finish is rough and it's hard to get a nice print in comparison to other colors .. colorfabb has to redesign the material .. as it is a very important color !

Review by: rubin

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Result is stunning

BRONZEFILL

The Colorfabb bronze fill print almost the same as regular Colorfabb PLA and gives a great result when properly polished. It's pretty expensive, but the result is well worth it. I make this and Copper/Brass Keychains a lot with a dual- extruder. The result is truly beautiful. It needed some adjustments. Thus extrution flow needs up to around 1.06 to get a good close result. Super stuff for overhangs and bridges. I cool the Colorfabb immediately with a good cooler and that gives the characteristics that the filament is a very good result.

Review by: Patrick

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Result is stunning

BRASSFILL

Very nice filament once it is ready. Sanding and polishing is a lot of work but the result is stunning. It is a very difficult filament to print, my nozzle was clogged and it took a lot of effort to get well again. The cause was the fact that I let it sit in the nozzle for a day, as I do with any PLA. The structure of the Brass Fill filament is very brittle and seems almost sand if let it for a long time in the nozzle. Furthermore, it is little tweaking with the settings, and then print it almost the same as ordinary PLA.

Review by: Patrick

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My go to Filament!

NGEN BLACK

nGen is always my "go to" filament. It just prints beautifully. It's strong, handles heat well, reliable, and just looks great. I never worry about how it's going to turn out. I print with black, dark gray, dark green, dark blue, and red and never have to change the settings. I use a lot of different types of filament, but for critical prototyping nGen can't be beat!

Review by: Rich

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nice to print and shiny

XT-BLACK

have used a whole spool of this now and just have to say its stronger and prints a bit nicer and the layers a nicer than the pla/pha but its more brittle and needed a couple of tries to get the printer dialed inn and retraction as this gets a lot of string and hair if printer not adjusted good enough

Review by: kristoffer

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Awesome Copper Filament

COPPERFILL

What can I say! This filament is awesome! I print this filament at 230C and the prints come out awesome. After some polishing and sanding, it looks, feels, smells like copper. I can tell by the weight that there is a significant amount of copper metal in the filament. I love this filament and I hope to have the opportunity to try out some othe Colorfabb exotic filaments in the future.

Review by: Matt

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Demanding Filament

STANDARD WHITE

This Filament has a very pleasing white color and surface feel. But getting good prints with this filament on a brand new UM2+ is a real challenge. Three out of four prints failed miserably. It warps, it shrinks, it strings and it doesn't stick to the build plate. At extrusion temperatures between 210° and 220°C the material behaves extremely elastic almost like acrylic sealing compound. So far it's only good for prints that don't rely on exact dimensions.

Review by: Alexander

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Really easy to print

NGEN BLACK

this stuff printed perfectly with the recomended settings. Glossy black prints and at 0.2 layer height the prints are really sturdy and durable. Don't let the price fool you, you might pay more per gram but you need way less grams per print ( I used to print 3 perimeters printing pla, with ngen only 2 and I think 5% less infill). Will definitlty order again !

Review by: Thomas

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So close to perfect

NGEN PINK

The Ngen is much easier to print with compared to the old XT and the surface has a very nice sheen, the only thing that is with the material is that it still lacks behind ABS in terms of physical properties. That is however advised by CFabb, I use this for my GFs quadchopter and it works perfect. If you can improve the durability to that of ABS you will have a clear winner here!!! -Mike

Review by: Mikael

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The best black there is for a UM2

NGEN BLACK

I have always struggled printing with black PLA, the balance between temperature and speed is so tight and you have to constantly monitor the print, but, not any more. I initially had a little lifting of a 0.4mm bottom layer wall, but knocking the bed temperature up to 85C fixed that. No lifting of larger surfaces either - mirror surface edge to edge. I also started printing NGEN at 240C based on what I had learned with XT but dialed that back to 230 because of the stringing and spider web that appeared at the end of the print. I was also very happily surprised that the same settings seem to work well for Black, Clear, Purple and gold. I think I'm an NGEN convert and I'm not phased by printing in black any more.

Review by: Nigel

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NGEN dark green filament review

NGEN DARK GREEN

Nice material for power or gardening tool models. The material has good print bed adhesion, low warping and low shrinkage. Easy to print. Depending on the use of the model you could also consider the XT dark green filament. The following settings where used on a CEL Robox printer: Bed: 75 C Bed (1st layer): 80 C Nozzle (1st layer): 235 C Nozzle: 230 C Ambient: 35 C Filament: 1.75 mm Filament multiplier: 0.95 Feed rate multiplier: 1.00 Fine setting (100 um layer height) Print support material: Auto Raft: Off Brim (perimeters): Off Fill density (%): 40%

Review by: Carl

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NGEN CLEAR review

NGEN CLEAR

I printed this material on a CEL Robox printer using the following settings: Bed: 75 C Bed (1st layer): 80 C Nozzle (1st layer): 235 C Nozzle: 230 C Ambient: 35 C Filament: 1.75 mm Filament multiplier: 0.95 Feed rate multiplier: 1.00 I don't know if these are the optimal settings but they worked well for the models I printed. Tested with at the fine setting (100 um layer height) and different fill density percentages. The printed model has a nice frosted look. It is more transparent at 100% fill density. At lower fill densities the light scatters more through the material and gives a more diffuse look. You can change the look by selection another fill pattern (hexagon, rectangular, diagonal). The material sticks well to the print bed and its is easy to remove if you let it cool down to 50 degrees Celsius or less. The models I printed where designed to print without support. These models needed a Brim setting of 3 for white PLA to prevent warping. For this material I could set the brim to zero which results in a cleaner print. Over all the model looked better than Robox white PLA and had low odor, low warping and low shrinkage. The model dimensions where closer to the design. Since this is base material of the NGEN filament series I will test other colors as well.

Review by: Carl

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Nice black, hard to predict.

STANDARD BLACK

A good all round material for larger prints. If you need to go small, this is a very tricky material to print with. The black seems to react to heat a lot more, so to print small I need to print much slower and cooler, but the surface finish is a lot more random.

Review by: Nigel

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A ghostly translucent when printed.

XT-CLEAR

I love the milky sheen this material has when printed. Walls are rarely transparent by themselves, but straight off the bed it will produce beautiful prints. It is also a little more brittle with the scalpel than the PLA/PHA.

Review by: Nigel

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Excellent material

NATUREL

This is the best material for prototyping I have found in my UM2. Because it has no additives it is very predictable and prints very reliably at lower temperatures so all-in print times are also quite low.

Review by: Nigel

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Good.

XT-CLEAR

Did a temperature test print on UM2, print temperature between 220-250C can work, above 250C the material doesn t come out transparent. Overhang is good. Transparency is good but the more layers and thicker you make walls reduce transparency. Overall a very good material to work with.

Review by: MEM

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Approuved by Copterlab

XT-CF20

As we build a lot of gimbals, we need strong material. We reviewed lot of 3d printed carbon filament and finally this is the best we used (for the moment) ;-) Layer: 0.15mm Nozzle temp: 260°c Bed temp: 50°c Speed: 75mm/s Buy with confidence.

Review by: copterlab.com

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nice collection

FLUORESCENT GREEN

nice collection

Review by: Udal

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I like this product

SKY BLUE

I like this product most .

Review by: Udal

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Great Product

BLUEISH WHITE

ColorFabb delivers quality, I am not in a position where I can afford to much downtime or issues with print calibration. That being said, only reason for 4 stars and not 5 is that colorFabb is pricing their normal products too high. Kindly lower your price on Quality PLA so I can get all my filaments from one shop.

Review by: Mikael

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Great Quality

STANDARD WHITE

Loved this, easy print and great quality finish. This was my first colorfabb purchase and the plastic was so much better than what i was using. Its colorfabb from now on.

Review by: MIke

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Excellent choice!

Kit Prusa i3 HEPHESTOS

Thorough instructions for assembly and prints consistently in every print! Combined with simplify3d unlocks its full potential. Overall very pleased with it!

Review by: Nick

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This is some sexy-smexy stuff

XT-CF20

If you know your printer a little, have a stainless nozzle and are willing to make the necessary sacrifices, you'll be in for a ride. As with any exotic material, it wants to be treated right. This means not too thin layers (I'd recommend 0.2mm or upwards), speeds below 40mm/s, stainless nozzles larger or equal to 0.4mm diameter, a toasty 260°C on your hotend and a cuddly 65°C on a kapton bed. If all goes well this will leave you with a beautifully matt black, grippy surface on a part as rigid as I've never experienced it before. Think much stiffer than PLA, but you can hit it with a hammer and it won't shatter (within reason, of course). The only question that remains for me is, what took you so long, Colorfabb? ;)

Review by: Jonas

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Tips for transparent objects

XT-CLEAR

Single-layered prints become almost totally transparent after applying XTC-3D resin on both sides ! Really impressive, T-glase is no longer the must for transparency ;)

Review by: KF

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Bin enttäuscht

XT-CF20

Das Material ist wirklich sehr sehr Stabil und verspricht lt. dem Video super Druckergebnisse... Jedoch ist das drucken mit dem CF20 ein Qual. . Jede neue Geometrische Form benötigt ihre eigene sehr sensible Einstellung. 3 Rollen Bestellt. Und nach 5 Tagen dauertest gebe ich auf... Die paar Ergebnisse die nach vielen hin und her gespiele in den Einstellungen erwecken nicht den Eindruck eines Prozesssicheren Materials. Sehr schade. Reply: Create ticket @ support.colorfabb.com

Review by: Markus

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The best of the best at the best price

Kit Prusa i3 HEPHESTOS

I took a year using it without stopping for a day of print and not caused me any trouble , I'm super happy with it.

Review by: miguel

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Geat filament.

WOODFILL

I absolutely love the idea of it, and it looks and smells great, really. But its a very tricky filament to use, i would highly recomend reading ALOT before buying or printing with this filament. Otherwise, you will try print it with the same settings and method used for PLA, wich you will find out will not work too good. So instead of re-inventing the wheel, just read this. http://learn.colorfabb.com/how-to-print-with-woodfill/ I can't degrade the filament for being tricky to use, or just "differant" to use. The restults are amazing, and i love the idea, and so does the people that recieve my prints. 5/5

Review by: Daniel

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Fantastic product

XT-CF20

I had great hopes for the carbon fiber reinforced filament and I must confess that I was surprised when I checked the result of my prints. It is really rigid and makes it possible to print parts with demanding mechanical properties. A fantastic product that takes 3D printing to a new level when it comes to mechanical strength.

Review by: Mikael

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My new favourite filament

WOODFILL

Printed out some coasters with our company branding on, they look fantastic. Really high quality, very few faults and extrudes beautifully at 200°C.

Review by: Craig

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very cool

STANDARD BLACK

The rough surface helps to hide the layer lines in fine prints. Very consistent diameter, roundness and melting point. Used for very consistent prints.

Review by: Marcus

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