Try our NEW refill 3D printing Packs
Fed up of wasting 3D printing spools? Want to save on costs? Why not use a re-useable spool and buy the refills?
It's the same high quality PLA but sold on a refill spool, compatible with the new Masterspool design. Download and print it from thingiverse - https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2843577.
Need a special colour? Just get in touch and we can arrange for a colour to be made just for you (minimum order quantity and set up charge may apply).
Here’s what our customers have said:
“Great quality filaments in a good range of colours. Flawless prints every time using their PLA and ABS.” Ben Fowler, B F Designs
“An Amazing Company that has Knowledge and Support far and above any other 3D Print Filament manufacture in the UK. Always courteous and professional with quick delivery. Their products and support made my company possible :-)” James Rothschild, IDM Imagineering
Watch a review of Elefilament on youtube here
We had our clear sparkle elefilament independently reviewed here. Read all about it! This website currently has an expired security certificate and you may get an "insecure" message.
How do they work?
Elefilament Refills fit on to the masterspool. Just unscrew the 2 halves and insert the refill 3D printing reel and tighten it up. Line up the cable ties with the dents in the masterspool. Undo (DO NOT CUT) the re-usable cable ties and retain in the resealable bag that came with your filament. Also retain the desiccant gel (which absorbs moisture).
Use the reel as normal. When you want to change colour you can use multiple masterspools OR simply replace the colour on to the spool. To do this, re-tie the cable ties, unscrew the 2 halves and lift the filament off the spool and put it back into your bag along with the absorbent gel. Re-seal the bag and it should keep fresh for the next time.
How do I get my masterspool
Meantime, you can download and print your own at thingiverse - https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2843577. Printing your own spool means you can use up all the odds and ends of material you have since you won't really mind what colour. The more multi-coloured the better, we say!
We will shortly be releasing an alternative design which will work with smaller beds.
Why should I use a masterspool?
The main advantages are cost and reduced waste. The cost of the reel and a packaging box cost approximately £1.50 - £2, so we can remove this element during manufacture. Our "soon to be here" 500g reels will also save about 60p in postage costs.
You are also being kinder to the environment by reducing waste. You will no longer have a postage box or empty spool to deal with.
You will have an extra item - 3 cable ties. These are re-useable so keep them when your spool is finished and see what else you can keep tidy with them.
Why do your pictures show reels?
I know! We just could not wait for our photography department, we wanted to release the product right away. So we did! With photos showing reels. You will not get the reel! Just the refill.
What is PLA
PLA (Polylactic Acid) is a good material to start 3D printing with because it is easily handled by 3D printers. It cools quickly, thus decreasing the likelihood of the object becoming warped. It operates at temperatures between 190 and 220 °C. Colours may vary slightly from the colours shown in the pictures.
Our PLA is made by NatureWorks, an American company known for its innovation and quality. We never use recycled materials, since they can be harder to print with.
How we make our filament:
- Quality raw material made by NatureWorks, the world’s leading manufacturer of PLA
- Thoroughly dried using a desiccant air dryer to prevent air bubbles
- Low tolerance (0.05mm) to make it easy to print with
What’s more, our production staff care and take pride in their work and want to make you the best filament they can!
- Extruder temperature: 190 and 220°C
- Platform temperature: 50° - 60°C
Packaging & Storage
Each reel of PLA 1.75mm Elefilament is enclosed in a bag with silica gel to absorb moisture and normally sent to you in a thick plastic bag. Orders for larger quantities are sent in a box. As moisture can affect the quality of the filament, we recommend you store your reel in the bag with the gel when not in use.
Dimensions & Weight
750g reel – Designed to fit reel with the following dimensions:
- Outer dia 198mm
- Inner ring 102mm dia
- Inner hole 52.5mm dia
- Width 46mm