07/01/2019 – 3D Prima Value Silver

3D Prima, a brand I had seen before in several webshops, but never used myself. Time to contact them.

After some mailing with them, they’ve sended me 2 spools. One was Easyprint PLA (tested in a previous review since it was a different type), the other was Easy Value PLA Here we test Easy Value.

Here we are getting a 1kg spool. Clean package, vacuum sealed plastic bag wich contains a bag of silicate and the spool. I miss the note on the package or the spool what the temperatue range and tolerance is. When you go to their webpage, then you find that information. A bit sad, I think. These days I’ve found that info on most of the boxes/spools I’ve recently had in my hands About the tolerance they write: ± 0.10 mm. My test on 10 points over 5 meters resulted: 1.70 mm to 1.72 mm, with an average of 1.71 mm.

The coil is not perfectly wounded. I don’t expect problems with it, but I’ve seen much better lately. Every side only contains 2 holes, next to eachother, where you can fix the filament for later use and storage A marking on the coil with the estimated leftover is missing, but compensated by a small “window”.My last 2 comments you see much better on spools these days. ANd on their Easyprint (tested in the preivious review), they did fix that.

First test, temperature tower to determine the best temperature on my printer. Layers of 0.2 mm. You need this info to get the best results. 3D Prima suggests a range of 180°C-210°C voor. For my printer, I found 205°C the best result. Stringing was as good as not existing.

Time for the real printing. The profile/slicer I normally use, had some problems giving me the real good results I’m used to get. SoI did lots of testing and tweaking (more then the pic shows) to get a decent result in the end.

After testing, adjusting, testing again, and a couple of times restarting again, I managed to get these:

The pictures with 2 objects, are each time on the left WITH linear advance and right without it.

Please keep in mind that these prints are magnified. The cube is 50 mm tall, teh owls are 60 mm tall. On these pictures, the errors are much more viewable then with the naked eye normally.

Conclusion:

  • Packaging is good. Protected against moisture.
  • Looking at the windings, they are not perfect, but certainly will be not a problem for printing.
  • The diameter of the filament is pretty consistent, in my case a deviation of 0.01 mm.
  • My best printing temperature is 205° C.
  • Stringing: None.
  • For me, the printing results are not perfect, but ok.

Personally, I would use this filament when it needs post processing with paint, glue, putty.

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