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GreenGate3D Recycled PETG 3D Printer Filament Review

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GreenGate 3D Recycled PETG Filament Clear

Greengate3D Recycled PETG 3D Printer Filament

4.85

Ease of Use

5.0/5

Quality

5.0/5

Price

4.5/5

Pros

  • 100% recycled material
  • Made in the USA
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Slightly more expensive than non-recycled filaments (for now)

Let’s face it: 3D printing is wasteful. If you use a 3D printer, it is your responsibility to minimize your environmental impact by minimizing print waste — and now it’s also possible to use high-quality 100% recycled filament!

Features/Specs

  • 100% recycled PETG (glycol-modified polyethylene terephthalate)
  • Made in the USA
  • Diameter: 1.75 mm +/- .05 mm
  • Recommended printing temperatures: nozzle 225C-245C, bed 85-90C
  • Available in 1kg or 3kg spools and a variety of colors

My Experience

I tried the clear filament and it is great. Using my Creality Ender 5, somehow the GreenGate3D filament prints better than the non-recycled clear PETG that I previously used. It also feels great to be using 100% recycled filament. I would describe the appearance as a slightly gray transparent compared to the other clear filament I’ve used. This is more noticeable on thicker prints, and the color may vary with nozzle temperature.

I had a successful first print (the shop vacuum adapter below) with a nozzle temp of 230C and bed temp of 85C, with the bed temp only enabled on the first layer to save energy, and no extra bed adhesion. I wasn’t sure how this would turn out, but I had no warping whatsoever and adhesion was great.

I had a mostly-successful second print with the same settings using the Spiralize feature in Cura, which prints the model as a single continuous line, to see what the clarity is like. It looks pretty good (below). I say “mostly-successful” because it actually stuck to the print bed too well and part of the bottom layer came off when I removed it from the bed.

For my third print (not pictured), I believe I found the perfect temp settings for my setup: 220C nozzle and 60C bed (first layer only). This led to strong adhesion that still let me remove the print easily when completed, and saved energy by having the bed on for only the first layer.

Overall, I’ve had a great experience with this filament so far. In the future I will only buy recycled and/or biodegradable filaments and I’m happy to come back to GreenGate3D. I mentioned that the only con I could think of is that it’s slightly more expensive than other filaments, but at around $30/kg including shipping, it’s really not much more expensive.

Does Ted Approve?

Yes

It’s time for all 3D printers to move to recycled filament, and GreenGate3D is a great place to start. I also look forward to their recycled PLA options — although PLA is typically less strong, it can be good for ornamental or non-load-bearing applications, and the fact that it’s industrially biodegradable is a plus.

Where To Buy

Use the link below and coupon code TEDSAPPROVAL for a small amount off your order. To save some more money, check out their bundles.

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