For the last few days I have been testing various 3D printing filaments. The first one I tested was carbon fibre mixed with PLA. I printed it on a low quality setting, it took about eight hours to print and ran very smoothly. The support material was very easy to remove.
I tested tough flexible filament in black. This also printed off very well. The great thing about this filament was that it fed into the printer with ease and doesn’t snap like some harder PLA.
The final printed object was flexible and I was able to squash it and it returned back to its original form. I wasn’t particularly happy with the finished print quality though. It was a bit messy and the support material was very difficult to remove due to the rubbery nature of the material.
I tested a heat change filament. My home M3D printer had difficulties with this so I printed on the Up machine. This worked well and printed smoothly and in a good quality. The support was easily removed. Although I don’t like the colour the change to white when held in the hand. I have another colour change filament to try which is a little more subtle.
My favourite filament out of this range has to be the brass fill PLA. I printed this on the UP. It printed beautifully and the support was easy to remove. The piece has a really nice weight and sparkles like brass in the sun light.
I also printed a wood fill version. Initially this was printed on the UP with 1.75mm filament. This clogged up the machine so it was printed on the larger printer in a thicker filament which worked. The finished item smells like wood. When filed it feels like a cross between wood and plastic. The bowl has a nice weight but I don’t like the messy nodules the printer has left in some areas.