Best ABS filament for beginners? ABS-X filament review.

Bearing 3D printed in ABS-X
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Best ABS filament for beginners? ABS-X filament review.
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At first, I would like to say hello to everyone, it is my first post here and definitely not last one ;).  In this post, I want to review probably one of the most amazing ABS filament for beginners. It is from F3Dfilament.com which is Polish based company that is producing high quality filaments. They claim that they are using best available pellets from USA, and to be honest, after printing with some of their materials I believe in it. All filament you will see from that company was sent for me to review, however this is my personal opinion about it.

So we are going to take a look at ABS-X  filament in lemon yellow color. The X at the end represents additives that they used to make it print better. It comes in a cardboard box, vacuum sealed with desiccant inside. There is sticker with name of the material and temperatures range which is a nice touch sine you do not have to remember it – you just take a look at the spool. Now, to the filament part.

Sealed ABS-X spool of 3d printing filament.

Every spool comes in vacuum sealed bag and in a cardboard box.

Spool with label and desiccant.

Every spool have its own sticker with temperatures and it comes with a bag of desiccant.

PRINTING TEMPERATURES

Label says that I can print it between 225 and 255. I found that for me 235 is a sweet spot. Regular ABS require bed temperatures as high as 110, but here is the thing – I printed this stuff at 70!!! And it was hard to remove from bed. But more on that later.

Bearing 3D printed in ABS-X

Bearing printed with Lemon yellow ABS-X look at this top surface finish!

LAYER AND BED ADHESION

Prints in ABS-X did not delaminated on any of my prints with it so far. Prints are strong, and durable, they will eventually give up, but no delamination issues. I used painters tape with ABS-X mixed with acetone as a print surface, and I heated my bed only to 70 degrees. No warping, no adhesion problems, starts at the very first try. Low bed temperature and good adhesion makes this great material for beginners and people without enclosed printer.

ABS-X filament in process of 3D printing

Bed at 70 C! I used painters tape and smeared some ABS juice on top of it. Sticks from the first try!

FLEXIBILITY

As you can see on the photo ABS-X can be bent all the way backwards without snapping. It takes few more bends to break it. Point for you, ABS-X. It is really durable and I think it would be great for making moving parts that work under some load (of course reasonable amount of load)

Bent piece of ABS-X filament.

It bent all the way back and it will take a few more bends without snapping.

COLOR

There is no color change after the material is printed, it remains the same before and after printing. I unwound some of it from the spool and did not noticed any color changes, so I assume that it remains consistent for the rest of the spool.

Filament color accuracy comparison

Color remains the same before and after printing. You do not have to worry about it.

SMELL

There is slight really hard to spot fruity smell when printing, nothing really bad, I had my printer on desktop and I did not get headache. Smell was only slightly recognizable, not much of a problem in my opinion considering a fact that ABS filaments that I used so far were terrible and I could smell them all around my house. ABS-X smell is noticeable only if you leave the room for a while and come back. I am taking that as an advantage.

PRINT QUALITY

Print quality is simply great. If you use filament filter (trust me, you should) you should get amazing quality prints with consistent layers, no blobs, zits or stringing. ABS-X did not warped for me with 70 degrees on a bed, but heating it to 100 won’t hurt. I used Painters tape with some of ABS juice on top of it and it sticks from at the very first try! I checked diameter of the filament in 10 different places, the average turned out to be 1.748 mm so I bet that it is pretty nice and will give you really good, consistent results if you have your extruder calibrated properly. Top surface of the print is smooth, almost matte, it impressed me first time I saw it.

Top surface finish of the ABS-X printed model.

Top surface is almost matte and I was truly impressed first time I saw it. Outside perimeters are great also.

POST PROCESSING

You can smooth it with acetone, I made ABS juice out of it and apply with a brush. Nice smooth finish even without sanding it. Since it does not suffer from stringing, you don’t need any post processing at all, I would say that prints are perfect straight from the bed. However if you want that premium quality finish, this is the material to work with.

PRICE

When writing this post price at their website is 85 PLN which would give around 21 USD. I do not consider it much, for such high quality filament, I will be getting more of it in the future for sure.
It is definitely cheaper than some of the “high quality, well known” brands of filament, so it is money saver without sacrificing quality of the print.

SUMMARY

ABS-X is great filament at a reasonable price. Compared to other ABS filaments it stands out with less shrinkage, almost odorless printing without the need for an enclosed 3D printer. I would say that printing with it is almost like printing with slightly more durable PLA. Definitely worth checking out, especially for beginners who would like to start their adventure with ABS. I can recommend this filament to everyone who have 3D printer.

I have plenty more of filaments from F3Dfilament.com to review so be sure to visit 3Dprinterchat.com for more cool reviews and 3D printing stuff.

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