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I would like to know if someone has had positive experiences with chinese filaments with their Ultimakers, meaning they have proven to be a good value for money.

I have found some big Chinese filament producers on the web, but would really like a first hand opinion from the users.

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I never tried chinese filaments, one important aspect if you want to try some is to be sure of the diameter.

Ultimakers take 2.85mm filaments (with a tolerance). Some of the filament brands sell 3mm filaments which in fact is 2.85mm and some are 3mm.

If the filament is real 3mm with some tolerance it can go up to 3.1 - 3.2mm this will cause problems because of added friction in the bowden tube.

This is even more true if the filament has no constant diameter, some cheap filaments can go from 2.8 to 3.2mm.

From what i heard, ESun filaments don't work good on Ultimakers for these reasons. But maybe there are other brands

I'm always saying, buy good quality filament, it will decrease the failure rate drastically!

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I use ESUN filament and they work fine on my UM.

Many shops in Europe actually sell ESUN filaments, which is a BIG filament manufacturer. And one shop from another you could get different results because ESUN will manfacture according to the customers specs, so it won't probably be consistent, if you buy it from different sources.

I'v also used much much cheaper chinese filaments than ESUN and they were usually "OK". I had a higher failure rate at that time but I was also less experienced so can't blame the filament for sure. Colors were usually less deep, more translucid though.

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I print with ABS from 3Dprima and the quality is good but be aware of the tickness. They say it is 3mm +/- 0.05mm and I think this is true! I'm not printing that long but I had already 1 failure because the filament was to thick. I needed to cut a piece of.

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I have eliminated ESUN beacuse their prices aren't so competitive to good European filaments. Recently stumbled upon a manufacturer called Torwell-they seem to offer much cheaper filament. Has anyone used their filaments?

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