Jump to content
UltiMaker Community of 3D Printing Experts

PLA/PHA filament


Recommended Posts

Posted · PLA/PHA filament

For any US Ultimakers that want to give this material a try, but haven't wanted to pay the international shipping...

I have placed a bulk pilot order. Most of it is 1.75mm, but I have about a dozen spools of 3.00mm (OK, really a near perfect 2.85 for the bowden :-P ). I'm selling these spools at essentially a group buy price of $39 with shipping included in the US only. Colors are lilac, light brown, and dutch orange. Limit of 1 spool per person to spread the love. If you happen to be able to pick it up locally in Newark, DE, then I will lower the price to $35.

As a thank you, anyone who participates in this test order will receive free shipping on their first 3 orders when we move into higher volumes.

PM me if interested and I can send you an invoice.


  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · PLA/PHA filament

    I will try a lower temp, but for now just printing it with ultimaker pla. Besides the stringing I found that the colorfabb PLA/HPA also breaks much faster. Can this have to do with the temperature or is this just a difference between materials?


    Hi, if the PLA/PHA breaks much faster then I would guess the bonding between the layers isn't optimal. Perhaps because of slight extrusion problems? or maybe just printing to fast.

    For the stringing you can try lowering temperature (if the print speed allows for this), increase travel speed 250 mm/s, increase retraction speed 45 mm/s. You can also experiment with retraction distance.

    Looking at your printed part the last bit is probably printed to fast, it looks like the material might have needed a bit more cooling time. So you could also change the minimal layer time to about 8-10 seconds. This should mean the print will be slowed down towards the end, which also means you can drop the temperature by quite a bit.


    As an example, the bracelet was printed at 20 mm/s at 195 C. We used to print these at the normal temp of 215, but because of lowering the print speed the temperature can be reduced by a lot.

    Hope this is helpful.



  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    • 2 weeks later...
    Posted · PLA/PHA filament

    Thanks a lot for the printing tips! I had some issues with stringing and melting layer issues with the 2kg pearl white filament I ordered.

    I have to say your speed of delivery is amazing! I ordered my filament (a boatload I might add) Wednesday, Friday morning it was all here :) .


  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    • 1 year later...
    Posted · PLA/PHA filament

    Hi! new on this forum, because we just bought an ultimaker2. And after reading this thread I've ordered two versions of the Colorfabb PLA/PHA mixture! Thanks for the input on temperatures, layers and speed, can't wait to try it out.

    Violet transparant & bluish white will be delivered this week hopefully and will certainly show you the results of the prints.


  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · PLA/PHA filament

    PLA/PHA from colorfab is awesome to print models with grid type vents, this stuff does not break! I tried to break thru the OrangePiOne case and couldn't do it, also springs back to shape. I received a sample in my monthly Maker Box and will definitely be ordering some rolls.

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Create an account or sign in to comment

    You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

    Create an account

    Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

    Register a new account

    Sign in

    Already have an account? Sign in here.

    Sign In Now
    • Our picks

      • UltiMaker Cura 5.3 stable released
        In this stable release, Cura 5.3 achieves yet another huge leap forward in 3D printing thanks to material interlocking! As well as introducing an expanded recommended print settings menu and lots of print quality improvements. Not to mention, a whole bunch of new printer profiles for non-UltiMaker printers!
          • Thanks
          • Like
        • 22 replies
      • Here it is. The new UltiMaker S7
        The UltiMaker S7 is built on the success of the UltiMaker S5 and its design decisions were heavily based on feedback from customers.
        So what’s new?
        The obvious change is the S7’s height. It now includes an integrated Air Manager. This filters the exhaust air of every print and also improves build temperature stability. To further enclose the build chamber the S7 only has one magnetically latched door.
        The build stack has also been completely redesigned. A PEI-coated flexible steel build plate makes a big difference to productivity. Not only do you not need tools to pop a printed part off. But we also don’t recommend using or adhesion structures for UltiMaker materials (except PC, because...it’s PC). Along with that, 4 pins and 25 magnets make it easy to replace the flex plate perfectly – even with one hand.
        The re-engineered print head has an inductive sensor which reduces noise when probing the build plate. This effectively makes it much harder to not achieve a perfect first layer, improving overall print success. We also reversed the front fan direction (fewer plastic hairs, less maintenance), made the print core door magnets stronger, and add a sensor that helps avoid flooding.

        The UltiMaker S7 also includes quality of life improvements:
        Reliable bed tilt compensation (no more thumbscrews) 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi A 1080p camera (mounted higher for a better view) Compatibility with 280+ Marketplace materials Compatibility with S5 project files (no reslicing needed) And a whole lot more  
        Curious to see the S7 in action?
        We’re hosting a free tech demo on February 7.
        It will be live and you can ask any questions to our CTO, Miguel Calvo.
        Register here for the Webinar
          • Like
        • 18 replies
      • UltiMaker Cura Alpha 🎄 Tree Support Spotlight 🎄
        Are you a fan of tree support, but dislike the removal process and the amount of filament it uses? Then we would like to invite you to try this special release of UltiMaker Cura. Brought to you by our special community contributor @thomasrahm
        We generated a special version of Cura 5.2 called 5.3.0 Alpha + Xmas. The only changes we introduced compared to UltiMaker Cura 5.2.1 are those which are needed for the new supports. So keep in mind, this is not a sneak peek for Cura 5.3 (there are some really cool new features coming up) but a spotlight release highlighting this new version of tree supports.  
          • Like
        • 22 replies
    • Create New...