As we reported just a couple of days ago, it’s officially been one year since Filaments.directory launched and the project has grown significantly. Over the last year, a number of milestones were met with the help and participation of the 3D printing community.
With the recent addition of Rigid.Ink, there are now over 4,000 different filaments from all over the world. The project contains around 60 brands from 20 different countries. The Fil.dir team scavenged through three continents to bring you a comprehensive list of 3D printing materials, and our directory continues to grow at a steady rate.
Filament trend reports are now being released monthly for new products on the 3D printing materials market. This is meant to provide the user base with insight into where the industry is heading, as well as information on the newest and most innovative filaments.
Ultimately, the goal of Filaments.directory is to become the primary resource for every aspect of the filament market, including general search, obtaining samples, purchasing spools, and finding proper print settings. Settings are now available for 40% of the filaments referenced on our site.
Each setting contains the most critical parameters, along with the 3D printer used. The goal is to reduce 80% of the time needed to figure out how to print with a new filament. By using the same print settings that worked for other users with the same printer model, you can easily optimize your printing experience.
“The challenge of 3D printing today rises in the workflow : users wants to produce products with specific characteristics without having to lose precious time into tuning the parameters at all levels. The goal of Filaments.directory is to reduce the time to succeed a print perfectly by 80% with the print settings sharing.” Gauthier de Valensart, founder of Filaments.directory.
As printers usually differ from one another, settings can vary from machine to machine. That’s why the users’ help is needed to get more and more settings uploaded. The more settings collected, the better the analysis we will have. This will enable to the 3D printing community to enjoy the best service possible.
These settings are inserted by users, those who wants to help the 3D printing community by reducing time spent and materials wasted. By offering print settings from personal experience, everyone can get better printing results. Best of all, every time you enter a setting, you will be automatically entered into a monthly contest, giving you the chance to win some great prizes!