15-08-2019 3D-Fuel dual review beer and coffee

3D-Fuel, never heard of them before. But I found this a bit of a challenging name for filament. I stumbled unexpected on this name in one of the Facebook groups I’m active in. Curious as ever, I googled the brand and found their site. And there were some interesting items I crossed over there. These people sended me 2 spools to review: 1 coil “beer”-filament and 1 coil “coffee”-filament. What I learned from the website was that the company is from the United States, but they produce in the U.S and in Ireland.

Ok, enough talking, time to do the real work. Since both spools have the same base, I will make it a dual review.

Buzzed – Beer Filament, quote from the website: “Buzzed is a beer based 3D printing filament made using waste byproducts from the beer making process. Buzzed uses those beer left-overs to create a special 3D printing material. 3D printing with Buzzed beer filament results in visibly unique print finishes. The filament produces products with a rich golden color and a noticeable natural grain.” 

Wound Up – Coffee Filament, quote from the website: “Wound Up™ is a coffee filled 3D printing filament made using waste byproducts from coffee. Wound Up™ uses those coffee left-overs to create a special 3D printing material with visibly unique print finishes. The filament produces products with a rich brown color and a noticeable natural grain.

WARNING: These types of filament use polymer as a base of the product. Therefor, you should NEVER use these filaments to print items that would be used in conjunction with high temperatures (i.e. a coffee cup). It is NOT SAFE to produce prints for use with goods for consumption (food, drinks, etc.).

Both filaments should be printed on a base PLA profile, what you still can finetune. The proposed temperature for the nozzle: 180-210°C, a heated bed is not necessary, but it you have one, 45°C should do the trick. A question I asked to my contact in the company, is this material abrassive for the nozzle? The answer was a clear “NO”.

The package: colorfull cardboard boxes, that contain 500 grams of filament, packed in a vacuum plastic bag, and inside the bag a little bag of silicate to keep everything dry. I was writing the initial review while I was testing the first box, the Beer Filament. When opening the Coffee Filament, there was NO silicate in the package! On the outside of the boxes, there is a little extra info about the producing of the material. On both spools, I did a 10-point measurement over a distance of 5 meters, to calculate the average diameter, which is necessary info for the slicer. These measurements were very accurate with the details on the box. In other words, the tolerance on both spools was very good.

Time to start printing, a temperaturetower to find the best temperature for these materials on my test-printer (Prusa MK3s). I started from my standard PLA profile en -tower. I knew the first temps would be to hot. 230°C is clearly to much, as prescribed from 3D-Fuel. But I didn’t want to redesign a new tower and need to recalibrate the whole thing in PrusaSlicer 2.0. That was a bit to much work (read: lazy). Let’s agree that the pics of the Beer filament will go left, the Coffee filament go right. Layers 0.2 mm, bed 45°C.

Beer filament (left): best result 190°C. Lower I don’t need to go, since I am using an RVS plated and hardened nozzle. For that reason I always need to bump the temp just a little more then with a bras nozzle. And after testing the Coffee filament (right), I could ise the exact same profile from brother “Bear”. That was easy.

Once the tower is done, it is time for the calibration cube, 0.2 mm layers, no supports, 190°C for the nozzle, 45°C for the bed.

From top to bottom: Toal view, Top, Side, Bottom. Beer filament (left): I can say with confidence, this is one of the best prints ever on this cube. A great surface on the top. The 4 circles on the sides look amazing. Remeber, on the scharp edges of these circles, there’s only 1 line of filament. The bottom centre hole is nearly perfect. That is printed horizontal without supports. NO WARPING at all! I am impressed. The Coffee filament was almost as good as his brother on the right. Just a little overextruding. but that I would adjust in the slicer for future prints.

To finish the regular testing, we print owls. Also 190°C, but now 150 micron without supports!

Beer Filament (left): Printed on 150 micron, this shows the unique texture of this filament. The little brown spots, give the print a “special look”. There is minimal stringing and superb details. The only difference in the result with Coffee Filament: there is more play in the color. I love this last result just a little more.

As usual; after my regular tests, I try something special with the rest of the spool. What can be printed better with “Beer Filament” then something that has a relationship with beer? Right, a big beer mug. Layers 0.2 mm, standard PLA profile with 10% gyroid infill and supports for the ear of the glass. After these settings in PrusaSlicer 2.0, I changed the cilinder of the glass to 5¨rectalinear infill.

The result is amazing!!!

Still some Beer left on the spool? No problem, let’s print some more.

No infill, 0.2 layers.

And to finish, a vase, 0.2 mm, 3 perimeters.

The leftover on the spool of Coffee filament, I printed too. I needed for another project, a soccle. This was printed on 0.15 mm.

On the right side, you see the “bulge”. I suspected this could have been a problem for printing without supports.

When waiting long enough on the side of the printer, you might have the chance your hand starts looking like this:

And to finish with the Coffee filament, what can you print better then,……. yes, coffee…. 0.15 mm layers, the bottom (splash) filled with 60% to gain weight an act as a counterbalance for the rest of the print, that was filled with 15%. The cup is printed with Saint Smart PETG.

Conclusion:

  • Well packed, but no silicate in every package. This is weird. A mistake at quality control?
  • It is difficult to estimate the amount of filament leftover on the spool. The spool is one for 1 kg, but filled with only 500 grams. And I miss every marking on the side of the spool to judge that leftover. I miss this, since more and more companies provide such markings.
  • Adhesion on the bed on 45°C is perfect. advantage of this low temp? You use less energy
  • When printing in the proposed temperature window, stringing is almost not existing.
  • Not 1 time I’ve noticed the slightest warping.
  • Both filaments print very nice. The Coffee filament, I like just that little more. The reason is the more contrast in the prints.
  • The results of these prints are very clearly above average of what you normally get. And this on a base PLA profile, tested on 0.2 and 0.15 mm layers.

When you want something printed that doesn’t need paint and the color leans closely to the filament, I only can encourage you to use this filament. I definatly will use these filaments again for myself.

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