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Premium 3D Printer Filament ABS 3MM 1kg/spool, Black
Get outstanding 3D printing results when you use 3.0mm ABS 3D Printer Filament from Monoprice!
ABS is one of the most commonly used filament types in 3D printing. It has a high tensile strength and good overall toughness. It has a low density and is softer than PLA, which means lower weight and lower cost when printing large models. Hardness is such that no white dot appears when bending.
This 1 Kg spool features a thickness of 3.0mm ±0.10mm, with a roundness variation of only 0.05mm. It has a nominal processing temperature of 200° C (392°F). Thickness and roundness factors are laser measured at the factory to ensure accuracy over the entire length of the filament.
The negatives of using ABS is that it can give off a white smoke with a concentrated odor. It is best to ensure that the printing room is well ventilated when using ABS.
Additionally, it has a high moisture absorption rate. Depending on the overall humidity level of the printing environment, an opened spool can absorb enough moisture after a couple of days that high temperature printing could cause bubbles or pocks in the extrusion. It is therefore recommended to not open a spool until you are ready to print and to store any unused portion with with silca gel and/or an active dehumidifier to reduce the amount of moisture it can absorb.
- Reel Diameter: 195mm (7.68")
- Hub Diameter: 95mm (3.74")
- Spindle Diameter: 38mm (1.50")
- Reel Width: 80mm (3.15")
PROS: Good filament at a good price.
CONS: None really.
I also had a really hard time getting it to stick to glass. At the time, I didn't have ABS juice, polyimide tape, or PET tape in my toolbox, just glass and white glue. It might stick to polyimide or PET. I never tried.
The filament is wound onto a spool with a fairly small barrel. On my printer, after using about one-quarter of the roll, the filament wanted to twist enough that it caused issues. The main issue was that this caused too much friction in the feed tube, causing the extruder to slip, and the hot-end to clog. The filament would twist around enough that it rubbed on parts of the printer, and even caught a couple of times while starting a print.
For someone willing to put in the time to figure this stuff out, there is potential here for a really inexpensive source of filament. One would have to respool onto a spool with a larger barrel, possibly heating the filament to relax it. Now that I have more experience, I might play with this stuff again, but not until I run out of all my other ABS.
Note that I'm reviewing filament that was bought in October of 2013. It is possible that it has changed for the better since. I expect I'll try it again in the future as the price is so attractive.
PROS: Inexpensive. If you are patient, you may be able to get this stuff working acceptably and have a cheap source of filament.
CONS: Doesn't seem to be ABS. Doesn't dissolve in acetone. Doesn't stick to heated glass or heated glass coated with white glue.
The spool it is on has a small barrel diameter.
Worst of all, this stuff clogged the hot end on my bed multiple times.
PROS: Diameter is uniform throughout the spool. Great packaging and i like the smaller diameter spools
CONS: This isnt real ABS as many posters have said. I have gone through 2 spools from different shipments months apart and they both exhibit the same behavior:
- Poor layer adhesion even at temps of 240C
- Very brittle prints
- Doesn't dissolve in acetone like normal ABS plastic.
Diameter is out of round , measuring around 3.02 on one side to 2.88 on the other. Minimal air pockets in filament. Product is made in china.
PROS: Cheap Price.
PROS: None that I could find. Not worth the few dollars savings over other ABS
CONS: Brittle, bend the filament and it snaps easily. Other ABS that I have can be bent back onto itself without breaking. I don't think this stuff is all ABS, it's seems to have other filler in it, somewhat waxy.
Diameter is inconsistent. The first half of reel worked alright with an occasional jam. The last half jammed the printer every 30 minutes. We ended up throwing it out. No cost savings there.
Either the ABS has an additive that REALLY affects the material, or they are NOT ABS.
I tried several tests
1) the material crushes very easily in my extruder (I tried all sorts of tension and could not get a good setting)
2) the material doesn't extrude smoothly at any temperature
3) the material, when placed in acetone, doesn't melt well, and will NOT mix... it just stays on the bottom of my jar in a blob... no amount of stirring or agitation will break up the blob.
4) the extruded material will not adhere well at all to any printbed that I have tried.
5) the printed part turns out very bad and is very brittle.. ABS is NOT a brittle material and should NOT break easily.
6) it fails the "burn test" as it doesn't react to a flame like ABS should.
I do know how to use my 3D printer, setup and calibrate it, and the only difference is the Monoprice filament that I have tried.
I will not be reordering ANY from Monoprice again!
I am very disappointed as Monoprice has ALWAYS been a great place to buy parts, great price, great quality... just NOT great ABS!
CONS: cheap... not good ABS....