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What can 1kg of PLA filament print?

What can 1kg of PLA filament print?

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OK, enough waffle. Here are some pictures. All these prints came from a single 1kg spool of PLA filament and are scaled for 28/32mm at a layer height of 0.2mm with an infill of 5%. I should point out that I didn’t buy this spool myself, it came with my Creality CR6, but I typically use similar 1kg spools that cost in the range of £15-£18 GBP. You can work that out into whatever your local currency is but be aware that depending upon the manufacturer and finish or material of the filament, the price can be slightly lower or a lot higher. It tends to come down to personal preference and mine is based on 5+ years of experience and just wanting to print stuff that I’m going to cover in paint anyways.

Some of these are fresh off the printer, without any cleanup. Others are primed or have had minimal basecoat/blocking paints. None are finished. Such is the way. Please forgive the photo quality, I wasn’t really concentrating that much as the other workshop goblins were giving me grief in the background. Seriously, they can be such drama queens!

That's a roughly 3'x3' area of printed chaosThat's a roughly 3'x3' area of printed chaos
Closeups, though not much detail showing thanks to white filamentCloseups, though not much detail showing thanks to white filament
More washed out closeupsMore washed out closeups
Different angle, hopefully showing more detailDifferent angle, hopefully showing more detail
Different models, different angle. Same white glare.Different models, different angle. Same white glare.
Some basecoated and blocked in modelsSome basecoated and blocked in models
Basecoated solar panels and a crashed UFO with basing material addedBasecoated solar panels and a crashed UFO with basing material added
Some larger pieces - alien and ruined wallsSome larger pieces - alien and ruined walls
Last of the walls and some hedgerow armatures (complete with horrendous stringing)Last of the walls and some hedgerow armatures (complete with horrendous stringing)
Final shot showing ruler and minis for scaleFinal shot showing ruler and minis for scale

That lot used up about 95% of the spool but rather than show you what I used the last 5% on now, I’ll save that for the next project – “So how much does it actually cost to 3D print something?”

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