Trusted Printers

A curated list of printers used by The Virtual Foundry and our Partner Innovators

What to Look For

The ideal printer will be direct drive with the shortest filament path in the extruder. Printers must be able to use PLA filament without restrictions to a certain brand. Watch out for proprietary nozzles as the hardened steel or other wear resistant nozzles may not be available, and some manufacturers do not produce 0.6mm versions of their nozzles. A dual gear feeder helps to drive the filament. Additionally, glass build plates are fine, but spring steel is best. Anything else may work, but we recommend covering other surfaces with painter’s tape as Filamet™ welds itself to PEI and PC build plates.

3D Printers That Have Been Used With Filamet™

$0-500

  • 0.6mm MK8 nozzle required.
  • Blue painter’s tape recommended on stock build plates.
  • Upgrade to a textured spring steel PEI build plate recommended (no tape or glue required).
  • Direct drive out of the box!
  • Spools should be hung 12 – 18 inches above the highest point your part will reach when complete.
  • Learn more about Anet 3D printers here.

The Virtual Foundry Approved

  • 0.6mm nozzle required (proprietary).
  • Blue painter’s tape recommended on stock build plates.
  • Upgrade to a textured spring steel PEI build plate recommended (no tape or glue required).
  • Learn more about AnkerMake 3D printers here.

Partner Innovator Tested

  • 0.6mm MK8 nozzle required.
  • Blue painter’s tape recommended on stock build plates.
  • Upgrade to a textured spring steel PEI build plate recommended (no tape or glue required).
  • Direct drive extruder upgrade recommended (MicroSwiss NG recommended).
  • When this printer is converted to direct drive, spools should be hung 12 – 18 inches above the highest point your part will reach when complete.
  • Learn more about Creality 3D printers here.

The Virtual Foundry Approved

  • 0.6mm MK8 nozzle required.
  • Blue painter’s tape may be helpful if prints are difficult to remove or refuse to stick.
  • Upgrade to a textured spring steel PEI build plate recommended (no tape or glue required).
  • Direct drive extruder upgrade recommended (MicroSwiss NG recommended).
  • When this printer is converted to direct drive, spools should be hung 18 – 25 inches above the highest point your part will reach when complete.
  • Learn more about Creality 3D printers here.

Partner Innovator Tested

  • 0.6mm nozzle required (proprietary).
  • Textured spring steel PEI build plate included (no tape or glue required).
  • Direct drive out of the box!
  • Spools should be hung 12 – 18 inches above the highest point your part will reach when complete.
  • Learn more about Creality 3D printers here.

Partner Innovator Tested

  • 0.6mm MK8 nozzle required.
  • Blue painter’s tape recommended on stock build plates.
  • Upgrade to a textured spring steel PEI build plate recommended (no tape or glue required).
  • Direct drive extruder upgrade recommended (MicroSwiss NG recommended).
  • When this printer is converted to direct drive, spools should be hung 12 – 18 inches above the extruder.
  • Learn more about Creality 3D printers here.

The Virtual Foundry Approved

  • 0.6mm MK8 nozzle required.
  • Blue painter’s tape recommended on stock build plates.
  • Upgrade to a textured spring steel PEI build plate recommended (no tape or glue required).
  • Direct drive extruder upgrade recommended (MicroSwiss NG recommended).
  • Firmware noted as difficult to work with, upgraded mainboard and display enhances experience.
  • When this printer is converted to direct drive, spools should be hung 22 – 28 inches above the extruder.
  • Learn more about Creality 3D printers here.

The Virtual Foundry Approved

  • 0.6mm nozzle required (proprietary).
  • Blue painter’s tape recommended on stock build plates.
  • Upgrade to a textured spring steel PEI build plate recommended (no tape or glue required).
  • Direct drive out of the box!
  • Spools should be hung 12 – 18 inches above the extruder.
  • Learn more about Creality 3D printers here.

Partner Innovator Tested

  • 0.6mm nozzle required.
  • Blue painter’s tape recommended on stock build plates.
  • Direct drive out of the box!
  • Spools should be hung 22 – 28 inches above the highest point your part will reach when complete.
  • Learn more about Snapmaker 3D printers here.

Partner Innovator Tested

$501-1000

  • 0.6mm MK10 nozzle required.
  • Blue painter’s tape recommended on stock build plates.
  • Upgrade to a textured spring steel PEI build plate recommended (no tape or glue required).
  • Direct drive out of the box!
  • Spools should be hung 12 – 18 inches above the extruder.
  • Learn more about FlashForge 3D printers here.

The Virtual Foundry Approved

  • 0.6mm MK8 nozzle required.
  • Blue painter’s tape recommended on stock build plates.
  • Upgrade to a textured spring steel PEI build plate recommended (no tape or glue required).
  • Learn more about FLSUN 3D printers here.

Partner Innovator Tested

  • 0.6mm E3D V6 Style nozzle required.
  • Blue painter’s tape recommended on stock build plates.
  • Upgrade to a textured spring steel PEI build plate recommended (no tape or glue required).
  • Direct drive out of the box!
  • Spools should be hung 12 – 18 inches above the highest point your part will reach when complete.
  • Learn more about Prusa 3D printers here.

Partner Innovator Tested

  • 0.6mm MK10 nozzle required.
  • Blue painter’s tape recommended on stock build plates.
  • Direct drive out of the box!
  • Spools should be hung 22 – 28 inches above the extruder.
  • Learn more about Qidi Tech printers here.

Partner Innovator Tested

  • 0.6mm nozzle required (proprietary).
  • Blue painter’s tape recommended on stock build plates.
  • Direct drive out of the box!
  • Spools should be hung 22 – 28 inches above the highest point your part will reach when complete.
  • Learn more about Snapmaker 3D printers here.

Partner Innovator Tested

$1001+

  • 0.6mm nozzle required (proprietary).
  • Blue painter’s tape recommended on stock build plates.
  • Upgrade to the Bambu Dual-Sided Textured PEI Plate (the gold one) recommended (no tape or glue required).
  • Direct drive out of the box!
  • Spools should be hung 12 – 18 inches above the extruder.
  • Filamet™ is not compatible with the AMS.
  • Learn more about Bambu Lab 3D printers here.

The Virtual Foundry Approved

  • 0.6mm E3D V6 Style nozzle required.
  • Blue painter’s tape recommended on stock build plates.
  • Upgrade to a textured spring steel PEI build plate recommended (no tape or glue required).
  • Direct drive out of the box!
  • When this printer is converted to direct drive, spools should be hung 22 – 28 inches above the highest point your part will reach when complete.
  • 0.6mm MK8 nozzle required.
  • Blue painter’s tape recommended on stock build plates.
  • Direct drive out of the box!
  • Learn more about Levil here.

The Virtual Foundry Approved

  • 0.6mm nozzle required (proprietary).
  • Blue painter’s tape recommended on stock build plates.
  • Direct drive out of the box!
  • When this printer is converted to direct drive, spools should be hung 18 – 25 inches above the extruder.
  • Learn more about Raise3D 3D printers here.

Partner Innovator Tested

  • 0.6mm Print Core CC required.
  • Blue painter’s tape may be helpful if prints are difficult to remove or refuse to stick.
  • For best results, spools should be placed on a separate spool holder, pushed up to the extruder.
  • Learn more about UltiMaker 3D printers here.

The Virtual Foundry Approved

3D Printers To Avoid

  • Filament for these machines is chipped.
  • Bowden extruder.
  • Single gear with smooth bearing on the feeder causes feeding issues.
  • Extreme bends required to use built in spool holders.
  • There are no 0.6mm nozzles for the Makerbot / UltiMaker Method 3D printer.
  • Makerbot does not list nozzle sizes for available nozzle options.
  • Filament for these machines is chipped.
  • Filament for these machines is chipped.
  • 0.6mm hardened steel or other wear resistant nozzles not availible for this machine.
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