Cheap Filament

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When acquiring the initial filament for my school I purchased several varieties. At the end I was a few dollars short so swapped two of the rolls for a slightly cheaper PLA plastic filament. This was $20/kilo as opposed to the $25/kilo.

 

Big mistake.

Not a tragic mistake, just a big one.

I initially used the cheaper PLA for my prints to get the hang of printing, and eventually switched over to the higher quality plastic. What a huge difference I noticed in the prints! Everything came out a lot smoother and most consistent.

The other issue I had was filament breaking. This would occur even with the filament environment controlled. (See the Troubleshooting page under “General Information & Suggestions”) Over one reel of filament there were over a half dozen failed prints. The filament would break, but the printer would continue running, leaving the print only partially completed. What a waste. Lesson learned.

Image from Creative Tools on Flickr under labeled for reuse.
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