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    Cubex Cartridge Filament Harvest

    Just to get the party started...

    Today I got my 2013 ABS filament from 3DS. FINALLY... (oops - that came out, huh!)

    The Cubex cartridge, which is the same as the Cube|Pro cartridge from what I can tell, holds 1lb 4oz of filament.
    Maybe more correctly, it will come out to 1/2Kg but that is just mincing cardboard.

    I measured it on the kitchen scale and it came up to about 1lb 6oz including the cardboard flange.

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    When I re-spooled this, it was a fairly loose fit in the cardboard spool.
    I'll have to rethink just pulling right out of the cartridge.

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    In the end, the Cube 3 cart full is 1 lb on the spool.

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    And I have another 8 oz to to spare (2 oz for the cardboard spool?)

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    Is this familiar? I don't have my re-programmer running yet. Anyone make use of this?

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    But the real test here is how is 2013 filament holding up...

    ...it's printing.

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    Let you know soon!

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    Nice!

    This one was printed in almost solid mode.
    It is the very same run I did yesterday with the Cube 3 purple.
    This stuff from a 2013 Cubex cartridge beats it so far. Much cleaner on the build plate.

    This is a sample of one so I got the B2B nozzle set printing now.

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    One thing I did notice about the 3DS ABS is that it does well as sheets but it lacks RipStop along the layer.

    This next print will have a cooling tower I can inspect.

    So far so good.
    The price delivered is still double good PLA but after what I've been through to get a quality ABS... this route is a bargain!

    The red is on the way...

    tap

    ...tap tap...

    ......................t..a....p..p.p..p.p.p.p

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    OhYa! This is a pass (as in not failing).

    This is the stock from which I purchased this spool, BTW: https://www.ebay.com/itm/202332341653
    He's having some issues with eBay in discounting multiple items.

    Here's the results on a plate. You know I run stock out of the Cube app.

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    Core fit right into the housing; 4mm tube fit directly on-the-plate; and the tube-nut threaded right in.

    Can't give anything else right now, but consider this for PLA too.
    3DS does have some of the most opaque vibrant finish that is not easy to find in other filaments.

    When you go exotic, you'll be paying the same price.

    BTW, this Industrial Gray has an ever-so-mild grungy-green to it.
    Just in case your monitor doesn't do it justice.
    Last edited by TommyDee; 07-31-2018 at 03:52 AM.

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    Nice layer deposition

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    Well, here's what I've decided about ABS.

    If you have a stock 3DS ABS cartridge, you -have- to clear out the filament path through the bowden tube.
    Marginal functionality of the stock cartridge affects your prints even if slightly impeded.
    This is more of an issue with ABS than PLA.

    Not all ABS is created equal!
    It might be the same formula of molecules and polymer chains, but the machine that spits it out has a lot to do with it.

    I think the moisture issue is a red herring.
    There is no reason a 1-month old filament that spits non-stop has adsorbed that much moisture.
    Furthermore, there is no reason that an old filament that spits has acquired moisture and somehow consolidated that moisture into pockets.
    A filament that was baked for 6 hours at 170*F should act differently that filament right off the spool. It doesn't.

    I'm going to suggest that there are many manufacturers of ABS that don't have control over the air that their augurs are introducing into the filament!
    In other words, the filament has been "frothed"! The air is the problem with plosives, not moisture!
    This is somewhat obvious with the 3D Solutech clear ABS.

    So yes, I will buy ABS from 3D System sources.
    So far, this is 100% after fixing the cartridge problems in a sample of 4;
    An old white ABS that I fussed with throughout the spool.
    A Neon Orange which was printing marginally in the stock cartridge.
    A gorgeous purple that I switched to the B2B setup
    And now this salvaged Industrial Gray.

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    Stay tuned for a Cube 2 cartridge review as well.
    Just order a lot of 3 of the smaller cartridges.
    These will be from 2015 stock.

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    Another CubeX ABS cartridge arrived. Red this time.
    I'll leave this in the case for a later spool-wind video.
    These cartridges don't feed very smoothly though. And yes, I removed the shipping screw.

    Here is a pic of a short-shot of filament intervening in a loaded cartridge.
    Red B2B nozzles should be fun...

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    And for those of you who have printed B2B nozzles in ABS...
    Try some color mixing! A red core in a black housing should be pretty cool looking!

 

 

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