3DQF PLA Filament Review
Hello, welcome to my review of the ‘Pearl Blue’ PLA by 3DQF.
3D Quality Filaments is a company based in Manchester, England. All of their spools, boxes, packaging tape and 90% of their machines are made locally in the UK. This is all so they can give back to British industry as much as possible and so they can cut down on the carbon footprint of their products by reducing transportation miles. Their spools are 100% recyclable, made of steel and card. Don’t forget PLA is also considered biodegradable.
It is brilliant how far 3DQF will go to be environmentally friendly.
As you can see, there is a bit of stringing in the moon city prints, but then I found the right settings and all the following prints are ok.
Let’s talk about their colours, there is a wide range of PLA colours available on their website from vibrant reds and oranges to more subtle colours like their ‘pearl’ range. All their colours are mixed in-house so they have full control over them and their quality. The colour I chose, ‘pearl blue’, is one of the more subtle colours. It really depends on the lighting how blue it looks, it direct white light appears light blue however in badly lit places it looks greyer. I have had no problems with colour inconsistencies or anything like that.
Material: PLA, Diameter: 1.75 + or – 0.06mm, Weight: 1kg Gross, Print Temperature: 180 -220°C, Bed Temperature: 40-50°C or Use Adhesive.
While testing I have found that there was some stringing but the optimum temperature to avoid that is 190°C. I have been having some problems with bed adhesion on my Creality Ender 2 recently so I have set my bed temperature to 60°C as opposed to the recommended 40-50°C. I have been using Cura 4.2 as my slicer. These were my print settings:
The price is very reasonable, I paid £14.99 for 1kg of their ‘pearl blue’ PLA, and it even came with a small sample of another of their colours ‘brick road yellow’. Shipping was done through Royal Mail, second class (2-5 days) and took 5 days to arrive at my door.
Overall I have enjoyed my experience with 3DQF PLA. The prints I printed came out quite well. I will be using 3DQF.co.uk again.
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