- 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
- 100g of Filament is not enough to test/review a filament
- 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.
- Change titles for future videos i.e. <insert other word here> vs Reviews as that term is possibly mis-leading?
- 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.
- 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.