As soon as I saw Sunlu advertising their Sunlu Silk Green filament range as coming soon, I knew I had to try it and oh boy I was not disappointed! The aqua/green colour is unlike anything I’ve seen before. In addition, the Sunlu Green Silk filament prints like PLA but with fewer strings from my experience, looking substantially shinier and smoother at lower speeds. As a result, most of my filaments come out shiny when slower.
Recommended Extrusion/Nozzle Temp: 190°C – 220°C
Heated Bed Temp: 60°C – 80°C
Filaments Diameter and Accuracy: 1.75 mm +/- 0.03
Filaments Net Weight: 1 kg (2.2 lbs)
Cooling Fan: Turned on
Printing Speed: 30~60(mm/s)
Raft Separation Distance: 0.14(mm)
Retraction Distance: 1~3 mm
The Sunlu Green Silk filament comes well wound on a nice spool with a colourful sticker. However, it has only one catch hole, well two but at the same point in the spool just opposing each other. The sticker has all the information you’d expect. I delivered mine in the usual amazon package and a plain brown box. Probably the best way to do it, spend more on the spool and save buying a fancy box that will just get binned.
Printing with Sunlu Green Silk Filament
As with all new filaments I recommend printing something to see how it goes, I have the 20mm XYZ calibration cube from Thingiverse set up to test all new PLA’s then I slice a benchy to make any changes that are needed. Although this time around it only needed levelling of the bed and a clean nozzle. Maybe I need to do that more often.
For my first 3D print using the Sunlu Green Silk filament was the Buzz Lightyear Sackboy from Little Big Planet. I used 35mm speed, 200C nozzle and 60C bed. You can find this 3D printable file from Daniel Thredson Art (DTR Studios).
Regardless, the Sunlu Green Silk filament didn’t suffer from the problems I’ve experienced from other silk PLA filaments. For example, like slipping the drive gear. However, I was printing slow to get the best-looking print I could even pushing filament that fast I encountered no slips. So for my last 3D print, I have printed a low poly skull at 60mm speed, on a 0.8mm nozzle and 0.4mm layer height. You can find this model on MyMiniFactory.
That Colour, So Refreshing!
Like silk to my eyes! The shine of the filament is a real wow factor. Print a low poly or a faceted model to see it in all its glory. The colour is difficult to describe. It is somewhere between blue and green, but more green. Aqua, mint or just green? Either way, we here at Inov3D love it!
To sum up, the short and sweet of it… I love it! I have used maybe half my spool of the Sunlu Green Silk filament and love every print. The colour is just fantastic! Printing with it is easy and rewarding. The consistent colour and diameter of the filament result in beautiful prints.
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