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All good advice here. Nothing else to expect from Griff.

I would recommend PLA more than PETG that the site suggests. PLA is considered more of a "beginner" filament vs PETG because it is easy to work with etc... but some of the objections and advantages I think are subtle and a bit over done.

PLA is considered more biodegradable for example, but people that have buried things in their gardens for a few years see that the PLA items are still about as robust as the PETG ones. The other differences don't show much contrast between the filament types (ie. on a scale of 1 to 10, a 9.1 and a 9.2). And I disagree completely with the temperature ranges provided. In my experience, PLA prints in the range of 180 to about 250 degrees, PETG 200 to about 260. PETG is much worse at stringing and self-adhesion between layers. Any models with a lot of "action" are much harder with PETG. PETG has more print failures.

And colour? Surprisingly I've seen more differences between filament colours (and brand names) than between material type.

I have come to the point of printing a temperature tower for each new box of filament, storing it in the box it came in and picking the right print temperature based on what my print model looks like. Something with overhang, sharp edges or flat surfaces would be printed in PLA, something requiring durability or strength would be PETG. Some vendors have something called PLA+ that I am happy with. No idea what it is.

I started with PLA, then shifted to PETG later and have built up a considerable library of (mostly) PETG filament. I have become a bit jaded with PETG and am shifting back to PLA.

Oh and ... Cheap filament is usually no bargain.
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