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Fokoos Red PLA Filament Review

Fokoos PLA Plus is a filament I found while browsing Amazon. The combination of a sale price and the desire to print a few red models encouraged my personal purchase. Although Fokoos has been around since 2017, the company and their products were unknown to me. Currently, they sell 3D FDM Printers, Liquid Resin Bottles, Filament Spools and a new Laser Engraver. Their website has additional information and product listings. Keep reading for an unsolicited and honest review of their PLA Plus filament.

Fokoos PLA Packaging and Filament Spool Quality

Fokoos provide their filament in a custom printed box. Filament specifications, tolerances, and printing temperatures are clearly labeled. Included with the spool is a booklet that includes all of Fokoos’ resin and filament products. The booklet includes detailed information about each type of material. Additionally, they have to include some storage and troubleshooting tips. Overall, the package is very professional and retail-shelf-ready.

Examining the spool itself reveals further manufacturing quality. Vacuum forming of the spool if very strong and includes the standard desiccant bag for moisture absorption. The filament is neatly and tightly wound around a standard sized spool. With proper handling, customers should not have any problems running the entire spool of Fokoos PLA Plus.

 

Initial 3D Print Testing Results and Filament Calibration Suggestions

Typically, you should always test a new material and/or machine prior to starting detailed projects. All of the prints using Fokoos PLA Plus were done on a new-to-me stock of Ender 3 Pro. Some testing was done to judge the overall quality, surface smoothness, and stringing. Initially, the files were sliced using my typical Cura profile (Inov3D link) for PLA Plus and a printer with a Bowden setup. With the initial results, I was satisfied and skipped a few tests.

In hindsight, additionally testing should have been done prior to printing detailed figures. Normally I print PLA Plus around 220-225C, depending on the printer. Fokoos filament did print nicely at 220C on my Ender 3. First and subsequent layer adhesion was excellent. Surfaces were smooth with consistent color. However, support removal was much more difficult than expected. Apparently, Fokoos’ filament needs to be run closer to 200-205C when using my Cura profile.

This material is a little softer than other PLA Plus brands I have been using for the last two years. Therefore, the supports bonded stronger with the model surfaces and were harder to remove. With lower temperatures and tweaked support settings, the support removal became easier. I should have done additional testing.

One of the better resources for testing new material and machines is Teaching Tech’s gitHub page. Besides the testing, it is also a great learning resource for new and experienced hobbyist. Check out his git hub page and YouTube channel.

Fokoos PLA Plus Red Color

As seen in the pictures, the Fokoos PLA Plus Red filament prints with rich and consistent color. This material prints opaque and shiny with typical PLA Plus temperatures and three walls (0.12mm thick). Sometimes colors can vary between layers as temperature and speed vary printing with an FDM 3D printer. No significant color variations were noticeable between the layers. While removing supports from the Fokoos plastic, it did discolor the plastic to a brighter red, almost white color. Removing supports typically causes minor to major damage to a filament project. Adjusting model orientation and slicer settings can minimize the damage. As a quick fix, try using permanent markers to touch up minor defects if the model is not going to be painted. If you need a solid red color for your project give Fokoos filament a try.

Model Prints Using Fokoos PLA Plus Red

Below are the first two scale figures printed using Fokoos PLA Plus Red. All testing was done on a stock of Ender 3 Pro that has not been calibrated. Overall the quality is excellent for the models’ scales and layer heights. The rich and opaque red color was perfect for the female devil and cute dragon. Figure and artist details are listed below.

The Devil 3D Print Model

Artist: Brian Miroglio (brianmiroglio) is a comic book artist who has started making sexy and stylized 3D printable figures. Some are original figures, while others are based on his personal comic book characters.
Model Link: This female Devil model can be purchased at CGTrader – Model Link
Artist Links: CGtrader Store – Blogspot Pages – Instagram Photos
Print Details: Sliced Using Cura with 0.20mm Layer Height, tree and custom supports. Typically, I print with 0.08 or 0.10 layer height for figures. However, I wanted to print this faster, and it has few details. When I opened up my project file to write this article, I am shocked the quality is so good at 0.20mm layers!
Comments: Printing some of the sharp details and the thin tail are challenging for FDM printers. Yet she was successfully printed at 1:6 300mm 12in scale. Cuts and keys are well done and placed strategically with her unique outfit. Brian continues to draw and 3D sculpt. Each new figure’s quality and details continue to improve!

Dragon for 3D Printing Model

Artist: Andrew Stepanov (stepanovsculpts) is a 3D model artist that I have been following and supporting for a few years. Typically, he focuses on famous fanart characters and is constantly improving his human likeness sculpts.
Model Link: This older yet cute Dragon model can be purchased at CGTrader – Link
Artist Links: CGtrader Store – Artstation Images – Patreon Page
Print Details: Sliced Using Cura with 0.20mm Layer Height, Tree and Custom Supports. This simpler model is great for 0.20mm layers and printed very good overall.
Comments: Considering this is an older 3D project, the details, cuts and keys are very well done. This little dragon was a fun print and is a cool display piece. Maybe someone will scale him down and use him for with a game campaign!

Fokoos PLA Plus Filament Summary

Fokoos PLA Plus is relatively unknown. However, the company has been around since 2017 and provides a good product. Starting with the ready-for-retail packaging and a neatly wound spool, their product provided a good first impression. Layer and bed adhesion were strong. The red color is rich, opaque and consistent throughout multiple prints. Although the material is a little softer and cooler running for PLA Plus material, the overall quality was excellent. If you need some quality filament with tightly wound spools, check out the Fokoos brand.

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