These Are the Best Filaments for 3D Printing

3D Printers are becoming more and more popular. But to use the 3D printer, raw materials are needed, ie filaments.
But which filament for 3D Printers is best?

It is difficult to know which filament brand is the best among all these manufacturers and brands on the market today.

We have collected tests, reviews and best-in-test reviews about filaments , and present everything in the top list below.

The top list begins with the 10 best PLA filaments for 3D printers in 2020 .

We compare the best filaments to 3D Printers so you can easily buy the right one.

Further down, we compare and present the most common properties of the filaments and materials in a table, where you can easily see the degree of difficulty for printing the material and a few other specifications.

Then we go through what is the difference between the different Filaments that are available for 3D Printers, or what you should keep in mind when buying Filament.

Want to know more about filaments?

What is Filament is our guide for you who want to understand what the raw material for 3D Printers is, how it works, how filament is used, and much more. We recommend that you read this guide if you are a beginner.

Properties and details of each filament material

If you are only looking for details about each filament such as properties, specifications, areas of use and more, we have compiled everything in the Materials Guide . There we go through 25 different types of Filaments for 3D Printers.

 

BEST IN TEST: FILAMENT FOR 3D PRINTERS 2020

Below we list the top 10 Best Filaments for 3D Printers in 2020.

1- SUNLU PLA

SUNLU PLA

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SUNLU PLA filaments for 3D printers end up in first place in our list of the best filaments for 3D printers.

With good quality and very good reviews, SUNLU is the filament we recommend mainly, just before eSUN which ended up in second place. Customer reviews confirm that it is very easy to get very good results.

SUNLU offers one of the highest accuracys on the market with a tolerance of 0.02mm. Their filaments are also made of raw materials without contaminants, which means that it is clean and free of bubbles and other things that can damage the 3D print.

The prices for their filaments are clearly affordable, which is a further plus. SUNLU filament ranks 1st in our list of the best filaments for 3D printers 2020 thanks to reviews from many customers, its properties, and that it is very affordable.

2- eSUN PLA

eSUN PLA

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eSUN offers quality filaments and with its approximately 18 years of experience in the industry has been involved from the beginning. Their filament range is one of the widest on the market, with special filaments for every purpose. They use very good raw materials without contaminants and have a careful process for manufacturing and quality assurance of their products.

eSUN filament is very easy to print with to get good 3D prints at the same time.
eSUN filaments end up very close to SUNLU and we highly recommend both of these brands. eSUN filament is in 2nd place in our top 10 list of the best filaments for 3D printers 2020, considering its good reviews and reviews from customers around the world – close after SUNLU who ended up in first place.

Filaments from eSUN maintain good results and quality, while at the same time being affordable and easy to print with.

3- HATCHBOX PLA

HATCHBOX PLA

 

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Hatchbox is one of the leading manufacturers of Filament for 3D printers, and is especially popular in the United States. They offer filaments that have a tolerance of 0.03mm, and their production is done with good raw materials.

Their price is somewhat high for being filaments, and we do not believe that Hatchbox has followed the trend with more pressured prices due to cheaper manufacturing costs etc. as the remaining manufacturers have done. This filament is very easy to use, and Hatchbox promises, among other things, a warp-free print. With its many votes and reviews, this filament ends up in 3rd place.

4- RIGID.INK PLA

RIGID.INK PLA

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Rigid.Ink provides quality filaments of various types for 3D printers. Their filaments are made from pure raw materials, and Rigid.Ink promises that it will be easy to print with these filaments. Their filaments should have a diameter tolerance of 0.03mm. Rigid.Ink has received very good reviews, but has a slightly sharper price, and ends up in 4th place.

5- VERBATIM PLA

VERBATIM PLA

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VERBATIM is another good filament for 3D printers that comes in many different materials and color choices. VERBATIM offers pure raw material and a diameter tolerance of 0.03mm. The customer reviews and the slightly sharper price have made this end up in fifth place in our list of the best PLA filaments for 3D printers.

6- FORMFUTURA PLA

FORMFUTURA PLA

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FORMFUTURA is another filament brand that promises clean raw materials and high quality. FORMFUTURA PLA comes in many different colors and their filaments have a diameter tolerance of 0.003mm. The manufacturer claims that they have the widest range of filaments on the market, but we do not want to agree with that.

It is easy to print with their filaments, however, as I said, the question is whether it is worth the money.
Their filament is 750g instead of 1kg which is more common and they also have the highest rating in our list, but due to the sharp price and few votes, they end up in 6th place.

7- COLORFABB PLA

COLORFABB PLA

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COLORFABB is a filament that comes in a wide range of different materials and colors for 3D printers.
However, their filaments cost a penny, and we do not think it needs to cost that much to get good filaments today.

Their filaments usually come in spools of 750g. Considering the reviews given by customers to COLORFABB and considering the sharper price here as well, this filament ends up in 7th place in our list of the best filaments for 3D printers.

8- 3D PRIMA PLA

3D PRIMA PLA

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3D-PRIMA offers filaments in different colors and materials, with fairly good diameter tolerance and quality.
For the most part, it is possible to get decent prints with their filaments, such as PrimaValue or PrimaSelect, but often a lot of fine-tuning of the settings for the 3D printer is required to get it.

3D PRIMA has average ratings from reviews and customers, but they have cheap filaments and therefore make it on our list of the best filament for 3D printing.

9- OVERTURE PLA

Overture like much else, nowadays has filaments for 3D printers. There is not much information about their filaments, other than that they are for use in 3D printers. When printing, this is how it works, and you must also set the settings to the correct values ​​here to get mediocre results.

Their filaments are slightly cheaper but lead to great results in the end. The customers’ own reviews, as well as the results of prints, have made this filament one of the best in the market

10- XYZ PLA

XYZ PLA

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XYZ manufactures filaments mainly for its own 3D printers. XYZ filament comes either with NFC or without NFC chip, as a refill package. In addition, they come in 600g coils, which we think is crazy too little for the money. Therefore, it is not something we recommend, however, we have them on our list as the brand is well known and that they also manufacture 3D printers.

The filament closes our  list based on the amount you get, and that it is expensive compared to the other filaments.

Best Filament for 3D Printer – Comparison Table

Filament Properties / Area of ​​use Strength Flexibility Building board C Printing C Difficulty
PLA Details – PLA 2 1 180-220 1
ABS Details – ABS 3 2 95-110 220-250 2
NYLON Details – NYLON 5 3 70-90 245-275 5
PETG Details – PETG 4 3 75-90 230-250 4
HIPS Details – HIPS 3 1 90-100 225-245 3
Flex-PLA Details – FLEX PLA 4 5 60-80 225-255 3
PVA Details – PVA 2 1 50-65 190-210 4
TPU Details – TPU 5 5 20-90 245-255 3
PC Details – PC 3 2 90-120 260-280 3
ASA Details – ASA 3 2 90-115 220-250 2

Keep in mind when buying Filament

There are some things to keep in mind when buying Filament for 3D Printers.

The 3D Printer itself of course limits which Filaments you can use, but in addition to the 3D Printer itself, it is mainly about what the end product should be, how it should be used, and where it should be used.

For example, PLA is very good indoors, for prototypes or simpler prints. ABS may be suitable for outdoor use, for slightly more durable end products.

Functional 3D Prints that are designed to withstand stress should use a tougher material such as PETG.

Another thing to keep in mind is to keep the filament rollers dry. Since it is PLAST we are talking about, you need to be careful about how you treat the rolls. Some types of material also absorb moisture very easily.

Read on in our great guide “What is Filament”. There you can learn all about filaments, what they are, the properties, and much more.

Quality of Filament is important

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The quality of Filament plays an extremely important role in which end product you achieve.

Problems that occur with poor quality can range from Filament breaking before use, or getting stuck in the 3D Printer, to 3D Printing becoming bubbly, warped or otherwise deformed.

Many manufacturers have specifications on their Filaments, which is good to read before buying. You should also not overpay for your Filament, as some manufacturers charge huge sums for Filament, and thus it simply does not become affordable.

In addition, expensive does not guarantee quality.

Fine packaging and beautiful boxes that the filaments come in do not guarantee quality either.

Good color intensity, durable temperature ranges, pure raw material are some of the most important factors for a quality filament.

About the different materials

Because there are so many different materials for 3D Printers, we at 3DTechValleyhave created a complete guide to all filaments and their properties, together with areas of use, properties and information about the specific plastic.

Learn all about the different materials by reading in our section dedicated solely to the properties and specifications of the filament materials.

We have over 25 different Filaments that we go through in detail, perfect for you who want to know more about the materials for your next 3D project.

Learn everything in the Materials Guide .

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