My POV – Sample packs and Filament Reviews?

This seems to be an on going  topic in the world of 3D Printing and among various YouTubers.
What is the value of a filament sample pack?
So we are all on the same page let me state my definition of a sample pack:
A filament sample or sample pack is a coil (unspooled) of any filament type, brand color and usually weighs in at 100g give or take depending on filament type.
What are the opinions on the net?
  1. Filament packs are a pain (read as the unspooled coils) – Having to spool a coil or babysit the printer to ensure the loose filament doesn’t bind
  2. 100g of Filament is not enough to test/review a filament
  3. Sure to be more this is what I hear the most

 

What do I think?

The unspooled coil is indeed a headache, if I can manage to keep a coil from getting tangled in itself I have gone to hanging it on a loose spool and holder. So far this has resolved binding during printing.

Overall I agree a sample pack (100g coils) do not yield well to an extensive review (that term being subjective). One could argue even a full roll doesn’t, but I feel the filament would show more of its true nature in a full roll.

On the positive I get some light experience with a variety of filaments without dropping in some cases $50 for a roll.

That being said lets look at it from a filament supplier POV – Supplying filament samples and packs are a minimal product loss for potential return sales revenue from a reviewers audience. Lets not forget the sample and all expenses related to are probably written off at the end of the year.
What this does make me want to do:
  1. Change titles for future videos i.e. <insert other word here> vs Reviews as that term is possibly mis-leading?
  2. Devise/define (with the help of others in the 3D printing community) an extensive roll test.  A checklist if you will of processes, models, and timeline to truly test a filament? Maybe multi level to cover the amount of sample provided? I did some searches but didn’t find anything currently in the wild.
  3. Creating a standard to align to would not only help us (as printers, content creators) but suppliers as well. They would have an expectation for what they would receive in exchange for the sample.
What are your thoughts leave a comment!
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