Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2018
Oh where do I start with this.......I ordered about 10 different rolls of ABS filament, some from the same supplier (Hatchbox, eSun, 3DSolutech, AmazonBasics) and have been printing all of them over the last couple of weeks. I have been printing with ABS for 6 months now and it is my go to filament, I am able to dial it in immediately, the prints turn out amazing, and acetone vapor finishing gives a great shine and mechanical strength to the parts. This Hatchbox filament is however an exception to the above statement.

I ordered 3 rolls of ABS from Hatchbox (red, green and black) and have noticed the same traits with all three colors, leading me to believe I did not simply get a bad batch of a color, but ALL of the filaments sold are flawed. In printing, I maintain a heated enclosure at 50C with a heated bed at 100-110C. This setup works great for all my other ABS filaments, but this Hatchbox filament shows signs of poor layer adhesion, warping, and failed prints.

The first picture uploaded shows the poor quality of layer adhesion, causing me to stop the print before it was able to finish. The second image shows the Hatchbox filament in between an eSun part on the left, with an AmazonBasics on the right after acetone vapor smoothing for 1.5 hours. The quality of the two parts it drastically different. Layers are still visible in the Hatchbox filament (I have even extended the duration to 4 hours for the Hatchbox part and have not seen a success). The third and fourth image show the Hatchbox part on the left, with an AmazonBasics part on the right AFTER vapor smoothing for 1.5 hours.

After acetone vapor smoothing these parts, the surface did NOT melt, they did NOT get shiny, instead the parts became extremely soft and lost most of their mechanical strength and integrity. After applying pressure to a part, it permanently deflects and does not return to the original shape. Prior to acetone smoothing the part has double the mechanical strength, (THIS IS INVERSE OF HOW IT SHOULD BE). When other materials (PLA, TPU, PETG) when exposed to acetone vapors, the parts will disintegrate, not melt, which leads me to believe this is not ABS but instead some variation of a different plastic. I am extremely disappointed with this product and will never be purchasing Hatchbox filament again.

TLDR: Poor layer adhesion, loss of strength after acetone vapor smoothing (which does NOT smooth), high warping.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Low Quality, Probably NOT ABS
By Hunter Bernstein on December 28, 2018
Oh where do I start with this.......I ordered about 10 different rolls of ABS filament, some from the same supplier (Hatchbox, eSun, 3DSolutech, AmazonBasics) and have been printing all of them over the last couple of weeks. I have been printing with ABS for 6 months now and it is my go to filament, I am able to dial it in immediately, the prints turn out amazing, and acetone vapor finishing gives a great shine and mechanical strength to the parts. This Hatchbox filament is however an exception to the above statement.

I ordered 3 rolls of ABS from Hatchbox (red, green and black) and have noticed the same traits with all three colors, leading me to believe I did not simply get a bad batch of a color, but ALL of the filaments sold are flawed. In printing, I maintain a heated enclosure at 50C with a heated bed at 100-110C. This setup works great for all my other ABS filaments, but this Hatchbox filament shows signs of poor layer adhesion, warping, and failed prints.

The first picture uploaded shows the poor quality of layer adhesion, causing me to stop the print before it was able to finish. The second image shows the Hatchbox filament in between an eSun part on the left, with an AmazonBasics on the right after acetone vapor smoothing for 1.5 hours. The quality of the two parts it drastically different. Layers are still visible in the Hatchbox filament (I have even extended the duration to 4 hours for the Hatchbox part and have not seen a success). The third and fourth image show the Hatchbox part on the left, with an AmazonBasics part on the right AFTER vapor smoothing for 1.5 hours.

After acetone vapor smoothing these parts, the surface did NOT melt, they did NOT get shiny, instead the parts became extremely soft and lost most of their mechanical strength and integrity. After applying pressure to a part, it permanently deflects and does not return to the original shape. Prior to acetone smoothing the part has double the mechanical strength, (THIS IS INVERSE OF HOW IT SHOULD BE). When other materials (PLA, TPU, PETG) when exposed to acetone vapors, the parts will disintegrate, not melt, which leads me to believe this is not ABS but instead some variation of a different plastic. I am extremely disappointed with this product and will never be purchasing Hatchbox filament again.

TLDR: Poor layer adhesion, loss of strength after acetone vapor smoothing (which does NOT smooth), high warping.
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