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Real Black PLA – a Review

Quality PLA for a reasonable price

By Robbert on 21-06-2020

This is one of the first spools I used with my new printer, and I must say I'm very pleased with it. It printed consistently well, was not too brittle, and results in a nice glossy black finish.

Real Black PLA

In short

  • Premium PLA
  • Made in the Netherlands 🇳🇱
  • Shiny gloss
  • Not brittle at all (for PLA)

Scorecard

5
5
4
4

Based on using an entire spool

Review

This was one of the first spools of filament I used on my new Artillery Genius. Because I hadn't used any filament from the Real brand before, I got the 500g spool so I wouldn't waste too much money in case I didn't like it.

However, I was pleasantly surprised. Real filament is marketed as a 'premium' brand, and its cost (€30/kig) is quite a bit higher than cheap alternatives, but still cheaper than even more premium brands like Colorfabb.

Real Black PLA Benchy

In contrast to many other filament makers, it comes on a cardboard spool rather than a plastic one. Some people prefer plastic ones, but I haven't had any problems with this cardboard spool. It is actually quite sturdy and rolls well on my filament holder (both the standard Genius one, and a custom one similar to the Prusa holder).

The only possible downside to the cardboard spool is that it makes it a bit tricky to secure the filament in the holes when you want to store it.

Real Black PLA Spool Label

Brittleness

One thing that stood out with this filament is that it was very bendy for PLA. I could really push it quite hard without any risk of breaking it. As I said, securing the filament in the tiny holes of the cardboard spool was a bit finicky, but the filament never broke in the process.

Consistency

Consistency was very good. I didn't measure any large deviations, and there was no noticeable variation between prints at all.

Looks

I've given the Real Black PLA four stars for looks. There's not really anything wrong with it, but it's just a standard shiny black. It doesn't really stand out, but you get what you can expect: a nice deep black with a slight sheen.

Real Black PLA Spool

Value for Money

Real filament is a bit expensive, but the quality is excellent. At about €30 per kg, it sits in the mid-level, Premium price range for PLA filaments.

I doubt that it looks significantly better than similar shiny black filaments of only €20 per kg. What you do get, however, is consistent quality, reliability, and good structural properties.

I was very happy to use this filament and will certainly be using it again in the future.

Prints

These are a few test prints I did with Real Black PLA. The Benchy and the Artillery cube were some of the first I did on the Artillery Genius, so the slicer settings weren't really dialed in yet.

Real Black PLA Benchy

Real Black PLA Cube

Real Black PLA Joinery

Real Black PLA Benchy 2

Where to buy

Real Black PLA is made in the Netherlands, and easily available in the EU, either through 123-3d.nl, or any of these places:

It doesn't look like Real filament is currently available in the US.

Note: If you buy your filament through any of the links above, I may earn a small commission. This is at no cost to you and helps me bring out more content!