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Buying filament in the uk

Posted by Ukrobotman 
Buying filament in the uk
March 06, 2013 02:34PM
I am halfway through building my Mendel 90.
I need to buy filament and am unsure about quality of material out there.
Buying 3 mm pla on eBay seems cheap but I don't want to slew things up for the sake of saving a few pounds.
What should I expect to be paying per kg or per mtr? Any sugestions for uk suppliers please?

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Re: Buying filament in the uk
March 06, 2013 02:56PM
[www.faberdashery.co.uk] sell great quality pla. They sell by the meter too so you can get a good range of colours and see what you like.
Re: Buying filament in the uk
March 06, 2013 03:35PM
I would recommend getting a range of colours from faberdashery, because it's great quality when you're starting out. Don't buy less than 20m of one colour, since you'll waste a fair bit starting out. I now exclusively get plastic from repraper.com, because it's so much cheaper (about £24 a kilo delivered vs nearly £40 from faberdashery). I only print 3mm pla, where I think quality matters just a little less (variation is less of a percentage difference, and i've heard worse things about repraper 1.75mm stuff), and printing 20kg i've had one small jam, and wasted a couple of meters, but saved a huge amount of money overall. It really depends what you're doing - I've printed nearly 40kg in total so the odd failed print is easily worth the large cost saving of "worse" filament.
Re: Buying filament in the uk
March 06, 2013 04:49PM
Thanks guys .. Good advice. My kit came with some green from Faberdashery.
I checked out Repraper.com and ordered 5 kg in white. With fed ex shipping it came to £113 which is about £23 kg
Im not sure if if it's coming from China or Hong Kong
£23 kg is cheaper than pla being sold on eBay
It will be interesting to see how I get on with it
Regards Steve

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/06/2013 05:21PM by Ukrobotman.
Re: Buying filament in the uk
March 13, 2013 03:49PM
I could be way off the mark here, but is there not a little more to add to the total from repraper.com being delivered to the UK?

Isn't there the potential of +6.50% import duty, then VAT, and then a handling fee from the courier? Sorry just trying to work out my options buying here in the UK.
Re: Buying filament in the uk
March 13, 2013 03:56PM
There's the potential, I hadn't even thought of it though since I've never had to pay anything extra. It may be it just doesn't look at all valuable, or I may have been lucky.
Re: Buying filament in the uk
March 13, 2013 08:19PM
At 23L /100m check some euro distributors. no risk of import duty, VAT already included and a 100m spool will be around 22-25€ or less. I use formfutura and i find their PLA good, but there is several others that are cheaper. The 15% difference between moneys will cover shipping if you group your order a little (shipping 20€/5kg down to 34€ for 20kg).

Simply when seing price below 20€, be cautious and ask a sample, some filament is not very good.
Re: Buying filament in the uk
March 16, 2013 04:11PM
My shipment turned up yesterday so that's here in less than 7 days from hong kong. No import duties or vat
Printed it tonight, it seems ok
Re: Buying filament in the uk
March 16, 2013 04:18PM
For some reason stuff I order from Far East almost never seems to attract import charges except for high value items, yet anything I order from USA nearly always does even for low value items.

Seems like our preferred trading partner is Far East not USA, I would have thought it would be other way around. Perhaps it is reciprocity due to import tariffs imposed by the USA on UK imports, who knows.
Re: Buying filament in the uk
March 16, 2013 06:16PM
It's because the Chinese fill in the declaration fraudulently to keep the value below the threshold.

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Re: Buying filament in the uk
March 24, 2013 10:53AM
If you need, I can supply you for $15/KG. 1kg for 1 spool.
1.75mm and 3mm, both PLA ok.
New original material, and roundless tolerance is +/-0.02mm.
If you have interests, I can send my factory photo to you for a look.
Re: Buying filament in the uk
March 24, 2013 03:00PM
and your website is....?
Re: Buying filament in the uk
March 25, 2013 09:07AM
Wonder how much the shipping would be....
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