As always, what you get from FoxSmart PLA:
• Our factory has been making filament longer than just about any modern 3D filament extruder in the world. They’ve been extruding filaments since 2007, long before most others got into the market.
• Filaments are tested not once…not twice…but 4 times in-line during extrusion with 4 separate laser calipers, ensuring precise, controlled diameters once spooled.
• Spooled filament is immediately vacuumed sealed with desiccant once spooling is complete. By immediately we mean it comes off the production line and is vacuumed sealed within 10 seconds. Yep.
• Raw PLA pellets are USA made using virgin Natureworks product. No extrusion waste is ever reconstituted into new pellets for production. Waste extruded plastics are sold to the local market for use in injection plastic product.
• Pellets are heated to 0% humidity before extrusion. This should be a given with all factories, but you would be surprised how many fail this test.
• We don’t take chances. If the laser caliper chirps an alarm (meaning the filament is off-spec of <.05mm) the extrusion run is pulled and sold off as waste. We then start over from scratch. This ensures absolute consistency between all batches of filament.
• Each extrusion batch runs for roughly 30 minutes before we start spooling. Why? Because that’s how long it takes to get the diameter perfect. Crafting premium filament is an art, not an exact science. Our team is very, very good…which is why they take their time with each run, ensuring the extrusion run is perfect before we spool rolls.
• We print in-house on 3 different printer brands. If your printer doesn’t suck, it will like FoxSmart filament. Even if it does suck, it might suck less with premium quality filament. Help your printer suck less…give it what it wants.
Of course, like with all FoxSmart products, you’re getting plain, cost-effective packaging. You’re getting support from geeks who, like you, are Makers and Hackers and all-around geeks (sorry to call you a geek, but 3D printing is still pretty geeky, no?)
If you have questions, please email us.