Do you worry that your 3D printer will run out of filament before your print job is finished? Ever eyeball a quarter roll of PLA and wonder…how much stuff is really on there?? Can I squeeze out another print? Or will it conk out halfway through?
Unless you get in the habit of weighing every spool before you set them to print, you might be left biting your nails as the spool winds down.
Sure, there’s filament run out sensors to stop a print so you can swap rolls but what if you want to avoid a patchwork print?
Take a Guess
It’s hard to get precise when you’re weighing filament. No, I’m not saying your scale is wrong! But even if the manufacture puts EXACTLY 1 kg of plastic on each reel your slicer estimate might be off. That’s why it’s an estimate. I found this out the hard way when I was working with rainbow filament and trying to print a 333 gram unicorn.
How Much does that EMPTY Spool Weigh?
The following weights are either from my own scale or internet sources. Even when asking a company directly for information I was given an estimate with a “give or take” 5 grams. Always give yourself some wiggle room!
Just a quick heads up that some of the links in this post do contain affiliate links. If you choose to click them and make a purchase, I will receive a commission from the sale.
|Weight in Grams (estimate)
|Jessie Cardboard (Printed Solid)
|Jessie Plastic (Printed Solid)
|Inland Black Plastic (phasing out)
|Inland Clear Plastic (found on Rainbow)
|Matter Hackers Build Series
|Matter Hackers Quantum
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