This filament is one of the first that I tried when I started my 3D printing journey in early 2019. I ordered it after trying out another of ERYONE filaments, black and white PLA. I was very impressed with those two so I thought I’ll be more adventurous and order the Rainbow PLA this time.
To make things clear right from the start: this is in no way a super-detailed ‘sciency’ review with piecharts, graphs or crazy numbers. This is a review put together by a normal folk for other normal folk and based on practical, real life, experience with this filament. It may be biased but it is 100% honest.
Excitement. Replaced by slight disappointment after I opened the box. Don’t get me wrong, it was perfectly packaged, the vacuum seal was good, and it came with the small bag of desiccant to keep humidity at bay. It just didn’t look as they advertised on Amazon. There was no sign of those amazing vivid colours.
When confronted about it, ERYONE representative said they’d pass the feedback to their marketing team and have the photos updated so it shows the real thing. That was in March 2019. Fast forward to May 2019: they still use the same oversaturated, or should I say fake, photos.
That being said, I do like the colours very much. It’s probably because I’ve always preferred pastel colours to the vivid ones. The combination of the colours and their sequence makes it look really nicely.
Speaking of colours…
Apart from the fact they’re not as advertised, there’s another slight problem with this PLA and that’s how often the colours change.
According to ERYONE’s rep, the colours should change each 13 to 15 meters. Which is a lot of meters so you either have to up your infill, scale up your print, or double the layer width in order to get at least two or three colours in the same print.
Check the photos below. They’re the real thing (sorry for the quality, need to get me proper photo equipment and a product tent). The vase in the second picture is slightly bigger than the spool, it’s printed at 0.12 mm layer height and 0.8 mm layer width, and it still only shows three colours! And those colours fade into each other. It’s nowhere near the promo photo ERYONE’s using to sell this product where the colour changes are more frequent, and more refined.
Now, rumour has it ERYONE’s actually working (or at least thinking about working) on a new version where the colours would change more frequently. They spoke of about 9 meters or so…
Quality and Ease of Use
This filament handles like a dream, and the printed result looks amazing. After some experimentations, and reading on some recommendations out there, I found out this filament works best with hot end tuned between 195 and 200°C. I usually go with a 30 to 40 mm/s speed and 0.12 mm layer height. For vase mode, I set the layer width to double the usual 0.4 mm – at 0.8 mm the wall feels solid compared to 0.4 mm which is more like a piece of paper. I didn’t come across any extrusion problems, and have not adjusted the filament flow in any way in my slicer (using CURA 4).
The spool I received, however, was from a batch that suffered from minor defects in the filament core – small dents, bubbles, somewhat higher diameter deviations. And a couple of other users reported the same. It still printed with no extra effort and no degradation in print quality.
Anyway, the great thing about ERYONE is that they listen and they fix things. And they fixed those problems, too. I cannot confirm because I haven’t bought another spool but reading discussion forums and ERYONE’s official Facebook support page, this seems to be the case. On a side note, if you actually complain about something on their Facebook page, they almost immediately get in touch and try hard to sort the issue for you. Their customer support is really amazing, though —sometimes— I find their efforts to help as well as their marketing practices a little aggressive…
Price, Shipping Fees and Speed
At £30.99 it’s usually sold it is not a cheap filament. But it does reflect the quality and ease of use, in my opinion. Delivery to my place in the Czech Republic costs me another £8.98, which —put together— is an expense that is a bit harder to justify for a hobbyist, especially since it would seem to ship from Austrian’s warehouse, which is basically around the corner.
Shipping speed is a bit of a hit and miss. One order is shipped on the same day, another one I placed (and cancelled) was sitting there for almost a full week. Once it gets on the way it usually reaches my door in about two days.
They do special deals from time to time, lowering the price by about £5 per spool. These offers are usually limited to a certain number of sold spools so you really need to be quick about it if you want to grab a great deal like that.
To sum it all up…
Would I buy the filament again? Absolutely. Would I recommend it to you? Absolutely. Just be aware of what I said about the filament above so you’re not surprised or disappointed as I was when I first opened the box.
- no tangles
- beautiful colour
- perfectly packaged
- it takes a lot of printing time for the colours to change
- shipping speed can be hit and miss at times
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