Having a 3D printer without filament is sort of like having a regular printer without paper or ink. And while a lot of printers come with some filament there’s a good chance you’ve been printing up a storm and need something new. That’s why we’ve started carrying a complete line of 3D printing filament in a variety of colors!
This ABS 3mm Black 1Kg spool is a great basic material for 3D printers. 3MM diameter material works best with the LulzBot Taz. ABS filament does not work with the Printrbots!
It’s always a good idea to check what diameter and filament type your printers can handle before purchasing!
ABS is lightweight thermoplastic that’s great for extruding. It’s less brittle than PLA and has a higher temperature resistance of 200-250°C. It’s great for experience 3D printers and engineers. One disadvantage of ABS is that it lets off a chemical smell so it’s a good idea to print in a well-ventilated area.
For those of you who want more information on the different types of 3D printing material, there’s a great tutorial on our Learn System!
Why this filament over all the other options? We sampled filaments from dozens of trusted 3D filament suppliers and tested them on our fleet of 3D printers. Several options worked well enough, but we found that Ultimachine’s range of plastics were the most consistently reliable in terms of printing and spooling, and we have switched to using Ultimachine filament to print all of the Adafruit weekly projects. The materials they offer are high-grade and rarely clog!
- 3mm thickness of filament
- 1 kg / 2.2 lbs of filament