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SA Filament PETG Filament - 1.75mm 1kg Grey

SA Filament SA Filament



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As you amazing people will know by now, we’re always on the lookout for exciting brands to add to our catalogue, and this is the same for 3D Printers as well as all of the supplies required to utilise them and all their power. However, while we often tend to look overseas and on the international level of fresh new brands to bring in, sometimes we are lucky enough to find a local brand that not only matches our expectations, but actually pushes far beyond them to exceed the criteria that we lay out for what we think is good to stock and support. This is why we’re delighted with SA Filament, as this brand is born and bred right here in South Africa, and is backed by avid 3D Makers who grew tired of waiting for weeks for stock to arrive – and this became particularly prevalent during the 2020 crisis when supplies are short but very much needed by almost all SA 3D Makers. Offering a beautiful blend of good quality, affordable pricing, as well as easy accessibility due to their location here in SA, SA Filament and their range of PETG, PLA and ABS are set to dominate the local 3D Supplies scene.

When comparing PETG with PLA Polymers, it’s not always easy to see precisely what makes each of them unique, but that’s because the secret ingredients are actually in the formula, with PETG offering a much higher level of flexibility and therefore a higher resistance to impacts and other common mechanical stresses. This makes it quite the practical polymer to print with despite the vibrant aesthetics, and the blend of both good mechanical properties coupled with good looks makes it a great all-rounder filament for almost any occasion and purpose. With that being said, some of the most common applications for PETG Filament include handles and covers that may receive a fair amount of knocks, bumps or scratches, mounting brackets and corner brackets that may be subject to unexpected moments of force, bends and other lightweight abuse. Of course, with such a vibrant aesthetic though, you don’t have to only choose one or the other, and you can print for either the good looks or the practicality – or both – and you can simply print whatever you want and rely on the great properties that make PETG so nice to work with.

While it’s always fun to print in various bright and vibrant colours, for some projects that just won’t do, and instead you might be looking for a sombre yet elegant colour to help match a scene, blend into an environment or stand out but without too much attention drawn to it. These are the perfect times for  Grey SA Filament PETG, as it offers quite a smooth aesthetic, being almost silver and shiny but without crossing the line into distasteful, ensuring that almost anything you print will be quite pleasing to the eye and certainly won’t distract attention away from key features in a project. So if you want a filament that is humble yet subtly stylish in its own cool way, Grey PETG from SA Filament is a good choice for almost any time and occasion.


SA Filament PETG Filament  -  Technical Specifications:

  • Brand

SA Filament                                 

  • Base Polymer

– Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)

  • Polymer Additives

– Glycol

  • Filament Diameter   

– 1.75mm

  • Filament Weight

– 1kg


SA Filament PETG Filament  -  Suggested Print Settings:

  • Nozzle: Temperature (°C)

– 210 to 250

  • Nozzle: Material

– Brass / Any

  • Nozzle: Size (mm)

– Standard: 0.4mm

  • Bed: Temperature (°C)

– 70 to 90

  • Bed: Adhesion

BuildTak / Magigoo / PEI

  • Printing Speed (mm/s)

– 30 to 60

  • Part Cooling Fan

– Off, But Print Slowly | Fan On for Bridging

  • Enclosure: Type

– On 100% from Layer 2+

  • Enclosure: Temperature (°C)   

– N/A

  • Filter

– N/A

  • Post Processing

– Sanding / Polishing Compound / XTC Coating


Helpful Tips for Printing with SA Filament PETG:

3D Printing with the durable and slightly flexible PETG polymer is quite a unique experience, as it offers very similar characteristics to ABS, but uses very similar printing specifications to PLA. This is why many 3D Makers argue that PETG is the perfect balance between ABS and PLA polymers, offering high strength but also being relatively easy to print with compared to some of the filaments and polymers with stricter parameters.

However, if you really want to get the most out of your PETG prints, and enjoy both durable and aesthetically awesome-looking results, we’ve collected following insights, which we feel are some of the most important factors, and which we feel are the most important factors to experiment with when “dialling in” your 3D Printer:

  • PETG Printing Tips – First Layer Adhesion: Although it may come as second nature to try and get the squishiest squish-factor around for all kinds of filaments and polymers, PETG is a little different, and actually shouldn’t be squished too hard for the first layer. In fact, it’s good practice when printing with PETG to have your first layer print at around 125% of the defined layer height. This will give it the ability to “grab” the following layers more effectively, and because PETG layers tend to bond well to each other, this dramatically helps with the overall print quality. This is primarily due to the glass transition temperature of around 85°C for PETG, as well as how the heatbed draws heat away from the first layer due to the direct contact with the thermally conductive heatbed.

  • PETG Printing Tips – Effective Bridging: With PETG Filament, one of the more difficult factors to get right is bridging between parts, as PETG tends to sag quite dramatically due to the high temperatures required for printing. However, it’s important to note that this is more so for opaque than transparent colours, as the colourants can affect the overall chemical composition of the material being printed. As such, it will take some time to dial in just right, depending on the colour and brand you’re using, but for most cases, it’s prudent to print bridges quite slowly, turn the fan on if you’ve got it off, and then define a bridge overlap of around 1mm. This will help prevent the bridging strands from curling upwards as they’re printing, while also adding some strength to the edges so the strands stick well and don’t pull themselves loose.

  • PETG Printing Tips – Strength vs Aesthetics: This factor is certainly one that we love about PETG, and is also a factor that seems quite undervalued in most 3D Maker communities, but with PETG filament you can actually distinctly choose whether you want to focus more on durability and strength, or aesthetics and detail quality. In fact, choosing which you would like to focus on is as simple as defining whether the fan is turned on or off for the print, as printing PETG with the fan on tends to produce a great surface finish, while printing PETG with the fan off helps with layer bonding and lamination, lending itself well to high-strength parts instead. Of course, you could always choose the best of both worlds by printing for strength and post-processing for aesthetics, but if you’re not interested in post-processing your prints afterwards, then the above rule is quite easy to utilise for whatever application your print is being made for.

  • PETG Printing Tips – Infill & Top Layers: While it’s typical for people to assume that higher levels of infill result in higher strength prints, the truth is that high infill doesn’t always equal strength, and oftentimes an object with a good internal structure is far stronger than a solid object. As such, it’s important to tailor your infill percentages according to each specific print, and then tailor the number of top layers according to the level of infill. The reason for the differing amount of top layers is because if you are printing with less than around 40% infill, the top layers can easily sink into the infill pattern, resulting in blotchy or patchy top layers. So, if your infill is set to 40% or lower, consider adding up to three extra top layers, allowing for the first one or two layers to fall into the infill spaces, with the remaining top layers producing a strong and aesthetically pleasing top surface.

Although this section of 3D Printing Tips is longer than usual, we feel that these are all equally important for 3D Makers who really want to get maximum strength or detail quality from this fantastic polymer. However, this list isn’t at all exhaustive, and we encourage you to go out and find even more great insights, and be brave in your experimentation. You may even reveal a completely new secret that nobody knew about, and because 3D Printing is still a relatively new hobby for most people, your findings could certainly earn you some internet points if shared with the right communities.


Additional Resources for 3D Printing PETG:

If you’re still eager to learn more about the intricacies of 3D Printing with PETG, we’ve taken the time to collect together some of our favourite resources, guides, tutorials and discussions, and we feel that each of these offer some unique insights that can help you achieve great success with this slightly tricky but very awesome 3D Filament. Just remember, however, that each of the following resources will have their own unique take on printing PETG, and may have used different brands or colours in their tests. As such, they may understandably differ from our tips, which we created using eSUN PETG Filament, but can still offer great assistance if you’re running into troubles, or are just looking for further information over and above what we’ve provided. As such, we hope that you enjoy these as much as we do, and can gather some good tips to help you get your 3D Printer dialled in and printing strong, beautiful or otherwise impressive PETG prints:

  • The following guide is an awesome amalgamation of hundreds of Makers’ hard work, all collected and summarised into a single, easy to understand, rather informal, PETG Filament Printing Guide – with the primary focus being on eSUN PETG, making it very relevant for ultra-cool customers who choose to shop at DIYElectronics.

  • This is another PETG Printing Guide, created by a brand known as Rigid Ink. However, it’s important to note that they very likely used their own Rigid INK PETG Filament, so some settings and tips will likely vary from our own.

  • This PETG Filament Guide from Tractus is quite unique compared to others, and does an awesome job at explaining what PETG is, how it’s used in various industries, as well as some great technical specifications to help you understand more about this unique but exciting polymer. Bear in mind, however, that their settings and specifications are somewhat specific to their range of 3D Printers, so they may exactly match our suggested settings and parameters.

  • Finally, this is a handy MatterHackers PETG Post-Processing Guide, detailing some of the post-processing options you have with PETG prints, as well as tips and basic instructions on how to do each of the different processes.


Colour Grey
Special Normal
Plastic Type PETG
Plastic Diameter 1.75mm
Plastic Weight 1kg

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SA Filament PETG Filament - 1.75mm 1kg Grey

SA Filament PETG Filament - 1.75mm 1kg Grey

As Makers, we often can't help but try to fix the problems we see, whether it be at home, in our local environments, or pretty much anywhere else that we can reach, and this is essentially what has driven the SA Filament team to bring locally produced filaments to the South African Market. After experiencing one of the roughest and most challenging years that South Africans have faced in recent times, the team at SA Filament started seeing a severe shortage of filaments throughout the country, and although many local 3D Makers wanted to get involved in assisting with 3D Printed face masks and other PPE, there simply wasn't enough filament to go around for everyone. So, with a relatively simple idea driven by a passion for the SA 3D Maker community, the SA Filament team decided to take on the challenge and open up a manufacturing plant to begin extruding filaments locally - so that supplies could be not only available to as many South Africans as possible, but also as affordable as possible for everyone who wants to get involved in 3D Printing.

As 3D Makers who are passionate about not only their SA community's wellbeing, but also for ensuring that all SA 3D Makers have open access to affordable yet good quality filament, SA Filament have been true Makers in the fact that they saw a problem, created a solution, and followed through until the task was completed. We look forward to working with them to help boost the local 3D Filament industry, and we're excited to see just how big they can grow as they utilise their strong passion to drive the brand forward and deliver a Local, Lekker Filament for all SA Makers.