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Best Quality PLA

Postby Jon Lawrence » 2014-Feb-Wed-09-Feb

Can somebody who has tried multiple vendors recommend a supplier for high quality PLA?

I am trying to diagnose a transient issue, that may or may not be related to the filament I am using. In order to rule out the material, I would like to buy a roll of the best quality PLA I can find. I am hoping to get some recommendations on the the performance not the price. I am still new to the process, so I am looking for some sage advice from those who have been there / done that / got the tee-shirt on the best quality PLA.

Thanks in advance for the assistance.
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Re: Best Quality PLA

Postby evanalmighty » 2014-Feb-Wed-10-Feb

I've found a direct manf from China that I'm pretty happy with. If you want I can send you some samples. I also have 10 more rolls coming from another source that I think is just as good, if not better.
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Re: Best Quality PLA

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Re: Best Quality PLA

Postby evanalmighty » 2014-Feb-Wed-12-Feb

So far I've tried printrbot's brand, and 3 others that I believe to be direct suppliers for a majority of the US sellers. I'm only looking at manufacturers that follow a set recipe for each color and can produce high repeatability from one batch to the next. Diameter, melt temperature consistency, color consistency, moisture content are some if the things that I look for. Some of the bad ones I've seen seem to have inconsistent diameter that could cause feeding/jamming/clogging problems if the filament isn't being guided into the extruder carefully. Some others print nice, but they have small air pockets which I attribute to moisture. I'm going to compile a database of different manufacturers and put them all through a same set of parts using the same settings to compare how they perform with small parts, large parts, bridging performance, layer adhesion, bed adhesion, etc. If my budget allows, I will build another printer using a different hot end and run the same tests.
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Re: Best Quality PLA

Postby pantseatflyer » 2014-Feb-Wed-17-Feb

I've been really happy with a US seller on eBay. The seller's name is my_filament_shop. He's out of Texas.

He sells PLA and ABS in both 1.75 and 3mm. Prices are around $25/kg shipped.

The three spools I ordered were vacuumed packed with packs of desiccant.

I had a hard time getting black for a time from him because he said that NASA cleared out his stock of black and white.

The filament is very consistent and high quality.
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Re: Best Quality PLA

Postby Lemm » 2014-Feb-Thu-12-Feb

sainsmart has a good quality. But the shipping time is very long. I have also some 3d2print PLA here I wanna test.
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Re: Best Quality PLA

Postby Corey Warren » 2014-Feb-Thu-12-Feb

I have had great success with filament from ToyBuilder Labs.
I guess I should start with I have a Printrbot Simple V2.
I wanted to stick with filament from Printrbot, but, while they were out of stock I decided to try filament from ToyBuilder as I wanted more colors that Printrbot didn't supply. I was battling clogged extruder issues and now after reading some posts from others, I'm finding out that other people have had the same issues with Printrbot's metallic grey filament. I won't be using that anymore, I'm sorry that I bought another spool. I am having better success with Printrbot's bone white filament.

But, I'm going to be switching over to solely using filament from ToyBuilder Labs. I understand I should take this with a grain of salt, but, on their site they claim, "If you are looking for the highest quality ABS and PLA plastic filament...you have found the right place." The filament came shrink wrapped with the little anti-moisture bag, whatever its called and they send you a little sticker of their logo. They seem to be proud of their product. I like that.

I haven't had a single clogged extruder issue when using ToyBuilder Lab filament.
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Re: Best Quality PLA

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Re: Best Quality PLA

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Re: Best Quality PLA

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Re: Best Quality PLA

Postby PxT » 2014-Feb-Thu-17-Feb

I think everyone has an opinion on this, however I have been very pleased with the faberdashery, Ultimachine & Protoparadigm filaments.
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Re: Best Quality PLA

Postby pantseatflyer » 2014-Feb-Thu-20-Feb

Here's the response I got this afternoon. I plan on doing some test prints and will be glad to upload pics of the results as well as the exact diameter and quality of the filament.

"Our engineering group do R&D in US and ofcourse the manufacturer is in China. It will be too expensive to manufacture this in US.
We have a huge stock of filaments in our warehouse in Texas. We do same day shipment most of our orders."
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Re: Best Quality PLA

Postby pantseatflyer » 2014-Feb-Fri-01-Feb

Seems to be good quality.

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Re: Best Quality PLA

Postby Jon Lawrence » 2014-Feb-Fri-08-Feb

Can't argue with the cost, worth a trial roll at least. May not fit this application, but there are always others...
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