Quality filament with the bonus of color changing!
Monoprice sent me their Premium 3D Printer Filament 1.75MM 0.5kg/spool, Color Changing UV Pink (Product 12501) to review. I typically only review products that I love and those that I hate or have problems using. This filament, according to me and my 9 y/o daughter, falls into the LOVE category.
Even before opening the packaging, we took the filament outside in sunlight. Immediately, the filament changed from near white to, according to my daughter, a “beautiful pink.” Once inside, the filament began to change back to its original color. My daughter immediately had plans to design and print a custom creature to enter into a Halloween contest at her school. So, the color changing features was an instant hit at my house!
I found the print qualities to be excellent and on par with Monoprice’s thermochromatic blue (Product 12052) that I also reviewed. Both products yielded beautiful prints with great details that did not require any significant post-printing touch ups when printed on my homemade Prusa i3 printer with .4 mm E3Dv6 nozzle. I printed at 205 (210 for first layer) and print bed at 55c with a thin layer of hairspray.
I can’t say enough good things about this filament. It has all the qualities you’d expect from PLA except that pre-printing, it feels more textures. I really believe that the texture contributed to the excellent layer adhesion and print quality.
The UV color changing adds another dimension to me and my daughter’s creative processes. It really is that cool!
Spool measurements I recorded:
Spool width: 41.5mm
Hub diameter: 53 mm
Hub width: 35.25
Filament dimensions very consistent throughout the spool at 1.73 to 1.75mm.
PROS: Excellent print quality!! Changes color quickly!
CONS: Not really a con, but a 1kg spool of this would be awesome!
This is super neat and novel but not particularly usefull for any but printing Companion Cube shaped plant containers, all the same I adore it and it's getting used. The color can be slow to change at first and is a little better AFTER printing. Leaving this in the sun for a while will result in a Dusty Rose/dark pink color where exposed and it's pretty lovely! I do wish the images featured some examples of the color-change in action.
It prints as well as any other MP PLA filament but all I ever get is white. I even take it out in the sun and it still stays white. So don't know how much UV or bright light it would take to get it to turn pink. Nothing I made with this filament ever turned pink even in the light. I won't buy any more of this filament.