M3D tough is a TPU flexible filament with a shore hardness of 90A (As reported by M3D). The orange color does look really good. As you can see in the pictures it took a little to dial in the print. This is mostly because the part is so small it needed more cooling than usual. I don’t have a color comparison at this time because I’m not sure it’s fair to compare a TPU to the color of PLA. This material would make a great print for a grip where you want some shock absorption and a better feel.

M3D or Micro3D has a very wide variety of filament types to meet any need. M3D sells spools by the length, however don't let that confuse you when buying. 250ft is about the same at 250g when comparison shopping. The other sizes are 500 and 1000ft. For a filament which you may not need to use a lot, these smaller rolls can save you money. M3D often has filaments listed out of stock and some filaments are not available in the larger, more economical, sizes. M3D does release MSDS sheets and detailed print settings for all their filaments. M3D also puts a 3 letter code on the filament rolls which allows rapid slicer settings if you own an M3D printer. M3D provided many samples to help this site grow.

https://store.printm3d.com/pages/filaments

Recommended Print Settings

Temperatures

  • Hot End – 230 Celsius
  • Bed – 50¬†Celsius

Speeds

  • Print Speed – 50mm/s
  • First Layer Speed – 30mm/s
  • Perimeter Speed – 30mm/s
  • Infill Speed – 60mm/s
  • Cooling Fan Speed – 30-50%

Structure

  • Perimeters – 2 or 0.8mm – 1mm
  • Top and Bottom Layers – 4 to 5 or 1mm
  • Infill – 15%

Retraction

  • Distance – 0.8mm*
  • Speed – 35mm*
  • Z-Lift – 0.6mm

Bridging

  • Bridge Flow – 85%
  • Bridge Speed – 30mm/s
  • Bridge Cooling – 80%

Physical

  • Bed Adhesion – Glue Stick (Mandatory on PEI)
  • Nozzle Type – Brass (Standard)
  • Enclosure – None

* Values will differ for printers with Bowden extruders

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