Jump to content
Ultimaker Community of 3D Printing Experts

Best filaments for UM2

Recommended Posts

Can I ask users from their experience which is the best brand filament for UM2..?

I have tried, Faberdasery, ColorFab, But to me the best by far seems to be Ultimaker brand.

Faberdasery - leaves blobs & only comes open spool, but 2nd place for me.

ColorFab - Wasted hours trying to get as good as UM brand, not even close.

Edited by TheDeugd

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites


I can only give you my opinion, I have six reels of UM and six reels of Colorfabb (plus one box of colour samples from Colorfabb)

My worst/most problematic is UM clear PLA (it keeps blocking the print head), the rest all print with their own set of specific parameters. My favourites are ColorFabb XT (clear) and Bronzefill, also UM gold, perl-white and silver-grey

I have not tried Faberdashery, the lack of a reel to me is a waste of my time

My next filament list is Toulman Nylon when funds allow

hope that helps


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I have used the light blue PLA filament that came with the UM2. 0036b075 140623b04-26. Worked fine.

Then half a roll of green PLA Innofil 3D 0007b075 140527b01 -13. I also worked fine.

Since I switched to black PLA Innofil 3D 0002b75 140429b03 -38 i experience regular problems in the middle of prints after 2-5 hours. The parts have not changed much.

I already changed to iRoberts feeder which improved but did not really help.

I was told PLA from Innofil and PLA from Ultimaker is the same material.

Since around a week I am waiting for a new teflon part (and some minor spares) and other PLA filament.

At the moment there are several paremeters that could cause the problems. Nevertheless I can imagine that the black color ingredients for the PLA could be the reason.

Up to now I have no seens a reasonable teflon tube source as I would have one available as spare.

So, light blue and green Innofil/Ultimaker filament worked fine. On the black colour I am not sure.

Somehow I think it would be good to measure and monitor permanent the turning moment or power consumption/current of the feed stepper.

--- COMMENT ADDED ON 20th Nov 2014 ---

i think there was a slight difference to the other filament color. Nevertheless, the main reason for the trouble was the changing temperature during printing.


-> so the solution is: thermal grease/heat paste.


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

It depends a bit on what you're printing I think. For me, personally, I prefer Faberdashery, followed by Ultimaker, Colorfabb XT, Colorfabb PLA/PHA.

In the end the best brand is the one that works best for you IMHO :)


  • Like 1

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I bought a couple rolls of Polymaker PolyMax PLA from Printed Solid, and like it so far. One of the selling points is higher impact toughness than PLA (by a lot) and even ABS.

It definitely has a softer, more ductile feel than normal PLA. It prints very nicely. the surface finish of the filament is very smooth, and it seems dimensionally consistent.

  • Like 1

Share this post

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 | a new interface
      We're not only trying to always make Ultimaker Cura better with the usual new features and improvements we build, but we're also trying to make it more pleasant to operate. The interface was the focus for the upcoming release, from which we would already like to present you the first glance. 
        • Like
      • 130 replies
    • "Back To The Future" using Generative Design & Investment Casting
      Designing for light-weight parts is becoming more important, and I’m a firm believer in the need to produce lighter weight, less over-engineered parts for the future. This is for sustainability reasons because we need to be using less raw materials and, in things like transportation, it impacts the energy usage of the product during it’s service life.
        • Like
      • 12 replies

Important Information

Welcome to the Ultimaker Community of 3D printing experts. Visit the following links to read more about our Terms of Use or our Privacy Policy. Thank you!