We at Fusion3 love that there’s a multitude of 3D printing filament manufacturers bringing different types of material to the market. It’s this variety that is the basis for our ‘Open Material Philosophy’ which ensures that our customers always have a wide selection of materials available for you.
Over two years ago, Fusion3 implemented a rigorous filament testing and certification program. The goals of the program are to:
- Bring the widest variety of consumer and industrial 3D printing materials to our customers.
- Ensure that the materials certified are of high quality.
- Provide our customers with ‘material profiles’ (configuration files for the Simplfy3D slicing software that we bundle with every Fusion3 3D printer) which provide the optimal print settings for each material and ensure the customer can print these right ‘out of the box.’
What happens when I use poor quality 3D printing filament?
In the five years of being in the 3D printing industry, we’ve found that poor 3D printing filament can cause a multitude of issues, up to and including print head jams, part warping, and print quality issues. Poor quality filament, in turn, has a significant negative impact on the customer’s experience with our 3D printers and increased costs to provide customer support.
Are you compensated for certifying filaments?
Fusion3 does not receive any monetary compensation from any filament manufacturer to influence a decision to include or omit a material from our “certified materials” list. The only thing that gets a material through this process is the quality of the material itself.
What does the Fusion3 certification process entail?
We test a few different parameters of the filaments we test during our certification process.
First, we measure the diameter of the filament with high-precision equipment and determine the average deviation in diameter is, as well as how round the filament is. Filament that is too wide or has bulges will likely cause print jams from time to time.
Next, we inspect the filament for any signs of manufacturing defects or contamination. Over the years, we have encountered sample with lots of contaminants including dirt, metal/wire and other chemicals which clearly were not the base plastic.
Lastly, we test the filament on a Fusion3 printer itself. If this is a new brand of an already certified type of material, we look to see if an existing material profile is suitable. In many cases, we will build a special profile JUST for this material to ensure the best results for that material’s properties.
I’m a customer who’s interested in a material that’s not on the certified list
If a customer has a material (or brand of material) you’re interested in that is not already on our list, please contact our support team and see if it already went through our certification process. A few times we’ve been contacted by customers asking “Have you tried Brand X” or “Is Filament type Y approved” and we tell them that it’s not approved, and give our reasons why we came to a decision. If it’s a material that we haven’t yet tested, we’ll contact the manufacturer, request a sample and enter it into our testing queue.
I’m a manufacturer, how do I get my materials tested?
If you’re a 3D filament manufacturer reading this for the first time and you’d like Fusion3 to test your materials, just drop us an email at fusion3 (at) fusion3design (dot) com.
Using an approved filament brand and type is an easy and inexpensive way to get the best performance out of a Fusion3 High-Performance 3D printer. Your 3D printer will perform reliably and repeatably for years to come as well as get you better, nicer looking parts, and reduce failure and headaches produced by machine downtime.