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I've tried Makerpoint PVA-M today, on the Ultimaker3 (http://www.makerpoint.nl/nl/makerpoint-pva-m-500gr-natural.html)

although I like the Ultimaker PVA, it's pretty expensive.

Makerpoint PVA-M = 39,95 for 500gr

Ultimaker PVA = 69,- for 500gr (sold per 350gr - 48,34)

First thing you notice is the color, is a bit more yellow.

According to the specs you should print it between 180 and 205 Celsius, I tested at 220 so a bit too hot :)

Looking at the specs (and other filaments they sell) I suspect the material is the same as the "filamentum" PVA sold by Layers3D for a few euro's more (http://www.lay3rs.nl/), the spec-sheet here mentions never to print hotter than 225 :)

I tried with both Ultimaker PLA, and biofilla PLA TEC, and both did stick to the PVA pretty well. I test this by breaking the wipe tower, and in both cases the tower was pretty strong.


biofilla platec



ultimaker PLA silver



The PVA has a negative effect on surface quality, but that's with all PVA's . I should probably increase the XY distance of support.

and the bottom


I did notice that the Makerpoint PVA-M dissolves in water a bit quicker compared with the Ultimaker PVA, so I assume this will also mean it's more difficult to store and keep in good condition.  I keep mine always in a box, also while printing.



and something that some may see as a slight disadvantage, when dissolving the water turns milky white quickly, so you can't see  the model, but to be honest irl you just take it out of the bucket now and then, so no real issue.

short conclusion: the stuff prints fine and is a lot cheaper :)








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