Matte Black PETG Filament 1.75mm
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This black has a matte finish.
Amount: 1kg / 2.2lb
+/-0.03mm diameter accuracy
Ordered up one roll of the matte black to test to see how it printed. Seemed to print pretty well at 235C with minimal stringing. Decent bed adhesion at 75C. Seems a little more brittle than elastic than some other brands that I've printed with before (Amazon Basics, Overture, Sunulu, YOYI, Polymaker, Tecbears). Just an observation, it was fine for my prints. Much nicer finish than the gloss black I was printing before (top one is gloss, the bottom one is matte.)
The skull on the left is California Filaments matte black, the one on the right is another brand in gloss. I found the filament easy to work with and I'm happy with the results. I needed to print the matte black hotter and slower than California Filaments clear.
I wanted to love this stuff, and if you can get it to print it looks incredible. The problem is that if. This is the most inconsistent filament I've ever used. Sometimes it wants to stick to the bed. Sometimes it doesn't. Correction - most of the time it doesn't. I've tried it with different beds, different temperatures, and adding adhesive to the bed. None of it matters, this filament does whatever it feels like. You'll end up wasting more than you end up successfully printing, and for just being PETG it's simply not worth the effort. You can get ABS/ASA to stick to the bed more consistently than this stuff even if you don't have an enclosure. I desperately was hoping a matte PETG would finally pan out, but this stuff is just not the way.
The mat ingredient makes it quite different from standard petg Found it stringy and not bonding to the bed well with the exact same G-Code as standard petg Parts failed. Was using its for electronic enclosures. . Won't work have to find some other use for it.
The spool was very badly wound, it required strong pulling to pull filament out. It ended up causing a failed print about mid way through a 18 hour print. When pulling the filament out of a Bowden tube, it actually didn't event release much filament since it was so stuck under filament. Really.looks like they have filament under other filament that won't easily get pulled by a extruder. First time seeing this kind of problem on a filament roll, usually it's just too loosely wound that it gets to be a mess when I run into issues, this was wound to prevent pulling of any filament or you have to babysit it manually pulling filament every couple minutes.
The Matte black looked excellent. I got best results at 235c nozzle temp, any higher and the coloring became a little distorted. Also, the layer adhesion isn't as strong as my normal brand, Overture, but my designs also have very thin walls. With proper thickness this stuff should be just fine.
My first California filament and it worked great to print my SR-71 model.
I'm not a big fan of the very shiny black surface that I see with most black PETG filaments. But I needed black PETG for the phone holder I was making for my 350Z. PLA will melt in a hot car. I wanted a matte or semi-matte PETG. I found two, but this one was less expensive and easier to get since the other was from the U.K. My first results were mixed, but after changing my worn nozzle and ensuring that my filament is dry, this matte black prints great. I get little or no stringing once if the filament is dry. If not, it will string. I wish it were actually a bit less matte than it is. It would be nice to see a semi-matte version. But as it is, this matte finish makes the phone holder seem more at home with a car interior. The experimental "fuzzy" option in Cura helps by hiding the layer lines and the underlying polygons in the model. I only give this 4 stars because I think the ease of printing is oversold by California Filament. Plain and simple, PLA is easier to print. But this PETG isn't exactly hard ... if your filament is dry and your nozzle is in good shape.
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