Surreal Pure PLA Filament Review
Hello, welcome to my review of Surreal’s Pure PLA filament.
As those of you who follow me on social media may know, a couple of weeks ago I got some new Surreal PLA filament. It arrived packaged well in a vacuum-sealed bag with some silica gel. Inside the box, the spool itself looks fairly average, a plain black spool, by contrast, the filament looks incredible! I love the way the light bounces off the filament coil!
Pure blend PLA with a 1.75mm diameter with a +/-0.03mm tolerance. The printing temperature around 180-210 Celsius. Claiming to be “Almost warp free”. Costing only £13.99 on Amazon.co.uk.
The filament diameter seems to be fairly accurate and consistent throughout, and when using the filament I haven’t had any problems with clogging or retraction. The metallic silver colour also seems very consistent throughout.
Results Using This PLA Filament
So, it boasts excellent tolerances, but well but how does it perform? Well first off I tried my default PLA filament settings at 0.2mm layer height and 60mm/s.
You can find these brilliant models on MyMiniFactory, by Paul Braddock and Wekster. As you can see, the surface quality is sub-optimal, with loads of zits. So, after trying multiple different settings. I figured out the problem causing the bad surface, print speed. For best results over the fastest amount of time, I was using 45-50mm/s at 0.16 layer height on my Ender 2, at 210 Celsius. This is irritating as my prints take much longer but it is completely worth the wait. As the outcomes are amazing!
I am extremely happy with these results. And this filament looks amazing! And though the speed is slow I am definitely getting brilliant prints. You can find these excellent models online on MyMiniFactory by Kijai and Wekster, both excellent artists, I strongly recommend trying out some of their models!
I printed these models with my Creality Ender 2 (you can read my review here) with my new WhamBamSystems PEX Build plate, review coming soon!
I would definitely recommend this filament, it not only looks good for models and trinkets but it’s also great for practical parts, I’ve used it for a couple of parts and the results have been excellent, I got away with printing at 60mm/s as there weren’t many curves, they have been really strong and are holding up well.
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