The relationship between the 3D printer and the vast array of readily available filaments is one that is wondrous, yet unpredictable. This unpredictability stems from the fact that every 3D printer and filament type interact differently, and although filament producers do their best to provide an accurate print setting, the wide range of 3D printers on the market make it extremely difficult to pinpoint. The solution to this problem rests in the hands of the 3D printing user.

That’s why we’re proud to announce the launch of Filament.Directory’s “Filament Settings” contest, a celebration of our newly introduced 3D printing setting sharing feature, which will allow users to create and share their best printing profiles with one another. The month-long contest will officially begin on October 8 at noon UTC, and will carrying on until November 8 at noon UTC. It will feature a vast array of prizes from renowned 3D printing companies, and the more you participate, the better of a chance you have to win some.

But this is much more than just a contest, it’s also the beginning of a close-knit international 3D printing community with access to endless information. We’re asking to help us create something new, something great, something that will take the 3D printing community to new heights. In fact, that's why Filaments.directory was started in the first place. Now we need you, the 3D printing user, to submit your own qualitative settings onto the website. We all know that there is no perfect setting for every filament, each one depends on the 3D printer model, the filament type, and the slicer used. Not only do we want to share these settings with the world, we also want it to be fun, fast and easy to add to and browse the website.

The “Filament Settings” contest and our new feature will be sponsored by industry leading companies, including Wanhao, Colorfabb, Extrudr and Innofil, all of which have provided amazing prizes worth a total value of over 4000 Euros. These prizes include two Wanhao I3 PLUS printer eight boxes of 4kg Colorfabb CO-POLYESTER, 20 spools of Extrudr BDP, and five boxes of 4kg Innofil PRO1. The rules for the contest are quite simple: each valid print settings equals one chance to win, which means that the more you share, the more of a chance you will have at winning one of the prizes.

By the end of the year, we plan to have a full-fledged and close-knit community, one that includes public profiles, community moderation (users will be able to upvote and downvote), an inventory of all your shared settings, wish lists, a function to export settings to the commonly used slicers, and comprehensive analytics on the data to get better results on your first print. All we ask is for your input to make our community stronger, the user experience will remain forever free. The 3D printing settings sharing feature is currently in beta, so feel free to share your feedback and help us develop the best community possible.

The more quality settings that are uploaded possible, the more the 3D printing experience will become easier, more reliable and less time consuming. Together, all of the inputted print settings will be consolidated into big data and used to create the best profiles for every 3D printer.

The Filaments Settings contest will officially launch on October 8, and will run for four weeks before prize winners are selected. To stay up-to-date with the new contest and the ever-expanding 3D printing community, you can subscribe to the Filaments.directory newsletter.