A review on Eryone transparent PLA talking about printing strength and aesthetic.
Eryone has introduced a set of colours to their ever-expanding range of filaments, or should I say removed the colour in this case, transparent! I’ve used Eryone PLA’s in the past and been thoroughly impressed this doesn’t change with the Eryone transparent PLA. What has changed was the packaging.
The Unboxing Experience
My spool was damaged in leaving sharp edges that punctured the sealed bag it was in making my unboxing experience rather disappointing. I contacted Eryone and they are currently redesigning the packaging to prevent this in the future.
The plain brown box it was delivered in was well just that a plain brown box with a hole to see in and a sticker on it identifying the Eryone transparent PLA inside. Sadly no kid on Christmas feels from this however I’ll discuss later how it makes up for a lack lustre unboxing.
Once the Eryone transparent PLA was out the disappointing box was a different story. With smooth and neat looking wrapping around the spool.
Eryone transparent PLA is my first experience of a transparent filament. That being said I have already had some pretty good, clear looking prints. After a few attempts of my own and some research, I have found that less is more in the case of transparent PLA.
The fewer layers and walls there are the less plastic there is to distort the light. I found retraction is important to Eryone transparent PLA as it is quite stringy for moves it makes between parts. My recommendation so far is a 0.5 nozzle in vase mode with thick layers and high temps. I tried sanding down a model but it just lost its shine it had and felt smooth funnily.
Eryone transparent PLA is a fantastic plastic for general printing strong, accurate and reliable but stringy at normal settings. I used this PLA straight out the box on my normal PLA settings @ 200C for my Tronxy X3S 3D printer. I printed a strength test bar I downloaded from pin shape and I couldn’t snap it by hand.
Let’s talk about that stringy-ness now I know all PLA will string when moving between supports and them model for example but this was really bad. This was support from a print and there’s a string from near every layer on this support. Not a difficult fix in most cases, a lighter or some sandpaper will fix it easily.
Light it up!
Something I thought the Eryone transparent PLA did well was light shows. Put an led in or under prints made of it for some light fun.great for when you want to do “glass” for a 3D printed house or similar.
I love this PLA filament it is really nice to look at and surprisingly strong. Possibly my new functional part plastic. This PLA was very reliable causing me no clogs jams or slipping the extruder. Eryone transparent PLA is on Amazon for £17 at the time of publishing. For that budget, I don’t believe you’ll do any better in looks or practicality.