The 12 Best 3D Printer Filament Companies: The Ultimate Review

If you’re familiar with 3D printing, you know the industry changes all the time.

3D printing is still in its infancy and at times, it can feel chaotic. There are hundreds of 3D printer filament suppliers. At the same time, the quality of filament suppliers varies… a lot. Worst case scenario; you end up with unusable filament, wasted time printing, and an ugly or weak finished print.

Bad filament really can be a false economy.

At rigid.ink, we’re experts at distinguishing great from good, and the OK to bad when it comes to filament. From this confusion, we realized there was a need for a comprehensive, impartial guide to ensure you’re not wasting your time and money with the wrong printer juice. That’s why we decided to list 12 of the best 3D printer filament manufacturers, so that you can find the best PLA filament available - or any other material for that matter.

Before we dive in to what's what, it's worth taking a moment to ask yourself what features or qualities matter most to you. Are you looking for a filament supplier that delivers time after time reliability, finished part strength, the best detailed and smoothly finished prints or just the strongest and rich colours?

What about customer service, is this just as important (or even more important to you)?

And finally price; there are many varieties of price out there. You can get filaments ranging from £9/KG up to £50+/kg. That's a huge difference, what do higher priced filaments offer that cheap ones don't?

On the surface it may seem like you can't afford higher priced filaments, but in reality with the amount of time and filament you'll waste using cheap materials (not to mention sanding those blobs and stringing off them).

In fact, it's more likely you'll find yourself not able to afford cheap filaments.     

Even if the print turns out seemingly OK, it's likely that the cheaper filament prints will be weaker and not stand up to rigorous use over time. 

This article is designed to give you a good industry overview of what's available right now. If you have any questions at the end, please post them in the comments below and we'll be happy to get back to you. 

A review of the top 3D printer filament companies

Matterhackers

Year founded: 2012

Location: California, USA

Price range: Low-Medium

Price example: White ABS, 1.75mm/3.00mm (1kg/2,2lb) - $29 (€25.62/£20.27)

Matterhackers are one of the biggest 3D printer filament companies, but they don't specialize in just filament. They offer an impressive range of 3d printing supplies, software and printers (over 40 types). Matterhackers was founded when its founders noticed that it was difficult to find a wide range of supplies and good knowledge about desktop 3D printing.

Matterhackers offers all kinds of filament materials; ABS, Flexible, Nylon, PET, PLA, Pro ABS, PRO PLA, and specialty materials. Filaments come in all kinds of colours (e.g. black, white, blue, purple, and blue glow in the dark). The company offers free shipping, lifetime support, and free consultation.

ColorFabb

Year founded: 2013

Location: The Netherlands

Price range: High

Price example: Standard white PLA/PHA, 2.85mm/1.75mm (750 grams/1,65lb or 2,2kg/4,85lb) - €35.95 or €79.95 (£28.45 or £63.27; $40.71 or $90.54)

ColorFabb was founded to develop high-quality 3D printing filament and to share knowledge about plastics and additives. ColorFabb offers supplies and printers. The selection of filament materials is vast (PLA/PHA, co-polyesters, specials like woodFill, bambooFill, and bronzeFill), as is the colour selection (e.g. sky blue, signal yellow, fluorescent green, mint turquoise, standard black, and standard white). ColorFabb offers free shipping within the EU.

ColourFabb are well known in the industry for producing good quality filament, but for many their premium price is a sticking point. 

Filamentum

Location: The Netherlands

Price range: Medium-High

Price example: White ABS, 1.75mm/2.85mm (0.75kg/1,65lb) - €27.95 (£22.12/$31.66)

Filamentum is a Dutch company that offers 3D printing supplies, including filament. Filamentum offers ABS and PLA filaments in various colours (blue, lilac, yellow, yellow glow in the dark, light green, natural, orange, red, white, silver, and black). Note that Filamentum operates mainly in Dutch.

3D FilaPrint

Location: United Kingdom

Price range: Low-Medium

Price example: White ABS, 1.75mm (1kg/2,2lb) - £20.95 (€26.47/$29.98)

3D FilaPrint is a UK 3D printing filament company. Materials include ABL, PLS, HIPS, and Nylon 6. 3D FilaPrint offers its products in multiple colours; different shades of black and white, green, yellow, blue, and purple. Free delivery within the UK is included in the price. 

3D Prima

Location: Sweden

Price range: Low-Medium

Price example: White ABS filament, 1.75mm/3mm (1kg/2,2lb) - €29.90 ($33.86/£23.65)

3D Prima is a company selling 3D printing supplies, printers, scanners and software. Materials include PLA, ABS, HIPS, Nylon, PETG, and special filaments, and they come in colours like brown, white, black, blue, yellow, orange, red, green, and purple. 3D Prima offers free shipping for orders over €100 within the EU.

Faberdashery

Year founded: 2011

Location: United Kingdom

Price range: High

Price example: White PLA, 1.75mm (1m/3,28ft or 100m/328ft) - £0.24 or £15.00 (€0.30 or €18.96 ; $0.34 or $21.48)

Faberdashery is a filament supplier that specializes in PLA filaments and offers consultancy services to help organisations integrate 3D printing into their businesses. Colours include mixed packages, different shades of black, white, red, pink, green, orange, yellow, and blue.

Formfutura

Location: The Netherlands

Price range: Low-Medium

Price example: White ABS, 1.75mm/2.85mm (1kg/2,2lb or 2.3kg/5lb) - €28.95 or €59.95 (£22.91 or £47.43 ; $32.81 or $67.95)

Formfutura sells PLA, ABS, HIPS, HDGlass, and speciality filaments in mixed packages, black, blue, yellow, green, and red. Formfutura strives to make 3D printing affordable and available for everyone. Customers are welcome to share their designs with the company.

IC3D 

Location: Ohio, USA

Price range: High

Price example: White/black ABS, 3mm/1.75mm (2lb/0,9kg or 5lb/2,26kg) - $34.99 or $79.99 (€30.87 or €70.58 ; £24.43 or £55.84)

IC3D offers 3D printing supplies and printers. IC3D sells ABS and PLA filaments in black, white, blue, green, red, orange, natural, plain, and grey. Notably, IC3D has a strong presence on eBay.

LulzBot

Year founded: 2011

Location: Colorado, USA

Price range: High

Price example: White ABS, 3mm (1kg/2,2lb) - $42.95 (€37.9/£29.98)

LulzBot is a product line of Aleph Objects, Inc. The company is best known for their TAZ range of printers. They also resell their own range and other brands of filament.

For example, its filament materials include ABS, Nylon, PLA, HIPS, NinjaFlex and specialties like copperFill and bambooFill. Colours include black, blue, brown, dark silver, yellow, glow in the dark, green, light silver, magenta, and medium purple.

Makerbot

Year founded: 2009

Location: New York City, USA  

Price range: High

Price example: White ABS, 1.75mm (1kg/2,2lb) - $48 (€42.36/£33.5)

MakerBot is one of the biggest 3D printing companies. It offers supplies, printers, apps, and more. For example, MakerBot organizes classes in 3D printing in its knowledge centre, MakerBot Learning.

Filament materials include PLA, ABS, flexible and dissolvable. The colour selection is vast (e.g. red, yellow, black, white, green, blue, orange, purple, grey, and natural).

Proto-Pasta

Location: Washington, USA  

Price range: High

Price example: Carbon fiber PLA, 1.75mm/2.85mm (500g/1,1lb or 3kg/6,6lb)-  $29.99 or $179.95 (€26.46 or €158.79 ; £20.93 or £125.59)

Proto-Pasta is a fun-orientated brand and is a product line of ProtoPlant, an engineering firm based in the US. Proto-Pasta offers HTPLA (high tempurature) and PLA filaments. Most of the filaments are available in black or different shades of brown.

Fun fact: the name Proto-Pasta derives from the pasta-like shape of filament.

taulman 3D

Location: Missouri, USA  

Price range: High

Price example: White n-vent, 1.75mm/2.85mm (1lb/2,2lb) - $44 (€38.83/£30.71) + Non-domestic shipping - $34 for up to 8 spools (€30/£23.72)

Taulman 3D is a 3D printing company that offers filaments. It’s specialized in selling filament materials like Nylon, t-glase, n-vent and speciality materials. Filaments come in black, white, red, green, blue, and yellow.

Choose carefully

So now you have the low down on what’s available, and hopefully you’ll better informed to make the best decision where your filament is concerned.

As mentioned earlier, it's best to ensure you're looking at the right filament manufacture for your needs. Want faster delivery and no hidden import charges for example? Look for a UK supplier of filament. 

What we do suggest is if you're not sure and want to test the quality before investing in a couple of KG rolls - order a sample to test. Any supplier confident in their product will allow you to do this. 

To recap, just make sure the supplier you’re looking for:

  • Offers a reliable quality (you don’t want jams or inconsistent prints)
  • The after-support to back it up, excellent customer service is as important as quality, especially in an industry still so new. 

Follow these rules and your 3D printing experience will be significantly less turbulent. As a company that 3D prints ourselves, we hope to be able to guide you through this process as much as possible. Always look for the best filament, and you'll save yourself time, money and frustration in the long run.

We even offer a free sample (with free UK shipping and low international rates) to test out our quality against others. We've got nothing to hide. Why not get one and see what you think?

Alternatively just drop us an email with any questions you have. We’re here to help.

Thanks,

Ed Tyson

Office Astronaut 

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