It’s difficult for a company to distinguish their 3D printing filament without resorting to incorporating exotic materials into their plastic formulations. Unfortunately, filaments that incorporate exotic materials are typically more challenging to work with, don’t work with every printer, and can be rather expensive. PLA is obviously the most common filament and the easiest to work with, but, with color choices being equal, there’s usually little to distinguish one quality brand from another. Stronghero3D has addressed this issue of PLA distinction by creating a glossy gold color infused with additional colors like green and orange.
The Stronghero3D comes packaged inside a solid cardboard box. As expected, the spool is shrinkwrapped with a silica gel pack. The PLA raw materials are from Natureworks 4032D with a roll size of 0.75 kg (1.65 lbs) in a standard 1.75mm diameter with the expected +/-0.05mm dimensional accuracy.
Usage was straightforward. I placed it on my Creker 3D Printer Filament Spool Holder and used default settings on my New Matter MOD-t. As you can see from the output, overall quality was excellent, even on my modest test printer.
Because of the way the roll is colored, you really don’t know quite what the coloring of the final model will ultimately look like. For instance, my first prints were somewhere between a peach and a pink. While this is obviously a no-go for models that you need output as a specific, uniform color, it does create a great, distinctive look when the exact coloring doesn’t matter.
Thanks to Stronghero3D for the review unit.
– Clever concept
– Quality design
– Relatively inexpensive for an unusual filament
– No way to predict the coloring of the output
If you don’t mind unpredictable color output, the quality and distinct look of this unusual 3D printer filament is rather nice.