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  • 101Hero 3D Printer: Filament Samples

    Posted on December 28th, 2016 admin No comments

    Although I haven’t had any luck at all with the failaments (deliberate misspelling) that came with the 101Hero, filaments from other companies have printed with no issues.  RepRap Silver, Botfeeder Opaque Red, and RepRap Translucent White, the only ones I've tried so far,  have done well.   I had wanted to order samples from eSun, but it turned out that shipping costs were prohibitive.

    Prints showing RepRap Silver, BotFeeder Opaque Red, RepRap Translucent White

    Prints showing RepRap Silver, BotFeeder Opaque Red, RepRap Translucent White

    Sample Filaments From Kind Suppliers

    BotFeeder PLA, BotFeeder Canada, Ontario

    • Opaque Red - a particularly bright red
    • Transparent Natural  - a clear filament, should make a pretty vase or window ornament
    • Gold - a metallic
    • Flex Natural - a flexible filament, not sure what to do with it

    RepRap PLA, RepRap Warehouse, Edmonton, Alberta

    • Glow-in-the-Dark Green
    • Thermal Color-Changing
    • Wood
    • Flex Blue

    Handling Samples

    Each set of samples came in a single zip-lock bag.   I separated them, and put each filament into its own sandwich bag, labelled with the supplier and type of filament.   It's dry in the Alberta winter so was not too concerned about desiccant.  Nor was I particularly neat in my labeling, not being too obsessive about such things.   In the future, however, I will print up a business-card sized label showing the manufacturer, supplier, color, recommended extrusion temperature, and whatever other information I can find about the filament.  This will save me having to look it up every time I want to use a sample.

    sample-filaments

    The box in which the 101Hero 3D printer was shipped is sturdy and turned out to be just the right size for storing filament, both spools and samples.

    The 101Hero 3D printer shipping box used for filament storage

    The 101Hero 3D printer shipping box used for filament storage

    Guess I'm as organized as I'm going to get.    Next step is to start testing some of the more exotic sample filaments.   I think I'll start with the glow-in-the-dark green.    Oooh, I'm so excited!

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