Saturday, 20 February 2016

Blog Update #7

Blog Update #7

Hi everyone,

Firstly again sorry for just another Blog update.

Due to personal reasons I will be taking a short break from posting Blog Posts. I will however post the occasional YouTube video when I use my printer.

In the mean time I will be working on a few things and have posts ready to publish when I return, at the moment this return to posting Blog Posts will be around the end of March 2016 so keep an eye on my media links (See below).

Here is my most recent print, a 3D Printed Modifi3D tool stand.




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So that's all for now, thanks for reading and until next time keep printing.


James.


If any of my readers have some suggestions on ways to achieve better results with prints or on the format of my review please comment below, I'll gladly try out your suggestions. 

Monday, 8 February 2016

Filament Review #21 - Fillamentum Range

Filament Review #21 - Fillamentum Range


So this today's filament review is of a range of filaments from Fillamentum, I was contacted by them and asked if I would like to review some new filaments they plan on bring to the market as well as some of their excellent range currently available.

Two of the filaments only came to me with the names Blend 01 & 03, So other than knowing they are PLA I know nothing of there mixture. I also received Flexfill 98, Flexfill 92 & a sample of their Copolyester.

I be testing all the filaments using the same model and a usual that will be the 3D Benchy

Flexfill 92

Fillamentum's website lists only my sample of Flexfill 98 as currently available so I guess that means the Flexfill 92 is a new product so lets start with that and unfortunately I didn't have much success with it, it was just to flexible for my printers. Even with a flexible adaptor for the Printrbot I got kinks around the filament gear.

Setting for Flexfill 92 were.

Nozzle Diameter: 0.35mm
Extruder Temp: 210°C
Layer Height: 0.3mm
Perimeter Shells: 2
Top Solid Layers: 3
Bottom Solid Layers: 3
Infill: 15%
Cooling: Enabled
Retraction: Enabled (Speed: 30mm/s Distance: 1mm)
Support: None
Extrusion Multiplier: 0.95

Print Speeds:


Print Speed: 40mm/s

Outline Underspeed: 30%
Solid Infill Underspeed: 80%
X/Y Axis Speed: 80mm/s
Z Axis Speed: 16.6mm/s

And the best result I could get looks like this.






As you can see not great although the layers do look better with the naked eye. They filament once printed is very flexible compared with other flexible filaments I have printed 3D Benchy's in.

On to the next filament.

Flexfill 98

And then I printed with the other flexible filament Flexfill 98, which is currently available on Fillamentum's website for a price of €33.95 for a 500g spool.

This flexible filament wasn't as flexible straight from the bag and I would say is comparable to SemiFlex from NinjaFlex.  

I used the same setting as with the Flexfill 92.

Nozzle Diameter: 0.35mm
Extruder Temp: 210°C
Layer Height: 0.3mm
Perimeter Shells: 2
Top Solid Layers: 3
Bottom Solid Layers: 3
Infill: 15%
Cooling: Enabled
Retraction: Enabled (Speed: 30mm/s Distance: 1mm)
Support: None
Extrusion Multiplier: 0.95

Print Speeds:


Print Speed: 40mm/s

Outline Underspeed: 30%
Solid Infill Underspeed: 80%
X/Y Axis Speed: 80mm/s
Z Axis Speed: 16.6mm/s

And the resulting 3D Benchy looked like this.





As you can see this is better however this time I experienced poor layer adhesion between the layers, meaning some layer have split away from each other.  

On to the next filament.

Copolyester

OK on to another new filament from what I can tell, this was labelled as PET on the bag I received but Copolyester in the email communication I had with Fillamentum, I thought PET & Copolyester were different filaments so I not use if the bag was labelled wrong or the email but I'll assume for this blog post I have Copolyester.

This actually printed really nicely and even at .3mm layer height it looks great, again the close up picture shows it in a bad light.

Setting again where very much the same just and increase in temperature from 210°C to 245°C (recommended temp was 255-260°C but the Materia 101 extruder has a max of 250°C)

Nozzle Diameter: 0.35mm
Extruder Temp: 210°C
Layer Height: 0.3mm
Perimeter Shells: 2
Top Solid Layers: 3
Bottom Solid Layers: 3
Infill: 15%
Cooling: Enabled
Retraction: Enabled (Speed: 30mm/s Distance: 1mm)
Support: None
Extrusion Multiplier: 0.95

Print Speeds:


Print Speed: 40mm/s

Outline Underspeed: 30%
Solid Infill Underspeed: 80%
X/Y Axis Speed: 80mm/s
Z Axis Speed: 16.6mm/s

And the resulting 3D Benchy looked like this.







As you can see it looks good and I love a clear filament so I'm really happy with out this came out, I going to print something on my Printrbot and UBIS 13S to print at the recommended temp.

OK on to the last 2 filaments Blend 01 & 03.

Blend 01 & 03

OK like I said, other than these being a new PLA mix and a printing temperature of 190 - 210°C I know nothing more about them.

So again and for the last time the setting were all the same as before.

Nozzle Diameter: 0.35mm
Extruder Temp: 210°C
Layer Height: 0.3mm
Perimeter Shells: 2
Top Solid Layers: 3
Bottom Solid Layers: 3
Infill: 15%
Cooling: Enabled
Retraction: Enabled (Speed: 30mm/s Distance: 1mm)
Support: None
Extrusion Multiplier: 0.95

Print Speeds:


Print Speed: 40mm/s

Outline Underspeed: 30%
Solid Infill Underspeed: 80%
X/Y Axis Speed: 80mm/s
Z Axis Speed: 16.6mm/s

And the resulting 3D Benchy's looked like this.


Blend 01





Blend 03




So actually the 3D Benchy for Blend 03 was printed in 0.2mm layer height as I was playing with the setting and the machine in general.

But never the less both printed fine and came out well, I feel the Blend 03 print had a slight issue in the sense that the filament was harder/more brittle and actually cracked alone one of the layer when I was removing it from the print bed.

So overall some nice filaments, with the only trouble being Flexfill 92 being to felxible for my set-up any readers have some suggestions for things to try and get a full print?

Flexfill 98 had layer adhesion issues, again could be a set-up issue.

Copolyester came out great and other than trying to print at the recommended temperature, it's a filament I would use again for sure.

And lastly Blend 01 & 03 both printed fine at 210°C with Blend 03 just having the issue above and actually Blend 01 printed and looks great another filament to look for in the future.

So It just leaves me to say thanks to Fillamentum for sending me the filaments to test and I will continue to use up the samples they send and will report back with any more finds if they come up.

Thanks for reading and watching my review.



James.


UNTIL NEXT TIME ON 3D PRINTING REVIEWS, KEEP ON PRINTING.






If any of my readers have some suggestions on ways to achieve better results with prints or on the format of my review please comment below, I'll gladly try out your suggestions.