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Cartridge Type
Genuine or OEM (Original) Cartridges Remanufactured Cartridges Compatible Cartridges
Description OEM stands for original equipment manufacturer, meaning the cartridge was made by the same company that made your printer. Original brand cartridges are very reliable and sometimes the only option if your printer is new to market or uncommon. Remanufactured ink is a genuine brand cartridge that has gone through one cycle of use. After use, the cartridge is recycled, acquired by a remanufacturing facility and put through a rigorous professional refurbishing process. During the refurbishing process the cartridge is disassembled, thoroughly cleaned and tested for quality. It's then carefully refilled, tested again and brought back to life. Buying remanufactured prevents one less cartridge from ending up in a landfill. A compatible cartridge is a brand new ink cartridge built by a manufacturer other than your printer. It's like buying the generic version of the genuine brand. Most are uniquely designed to differentiate from genuine cartridges. Despite any structural difference you may notice, the cartridge will still fit in your machine and print a full yield, just like the original brand.
Price Factors Many printer manufacturers follow the razor-and-blades business model which may result in higher priced genuine cartridges. Remanufactured ink is much cheaper than the original brand ink. It's far more cost effective to refurbish a previously used cartridge than create a new OEM from scratch. Compatible ink is much cheaper than the original brand. Compatible suppliers don't have to worry about the additional costs that hinder OEMs like new printers or firmware, which lets them keep prices low.
Quality Original cartridges work extremely well and are covered under a warranty by the printer manufacturer High quality remanufactured ink will match the quality of the original, but not all remanufactured ink is created equal. Make sure you buy from a reputable supplier in order to get the absolute best results. High quality compatible ink will match the quality of the original, but not all compatible ink is created equal. Make sure you buy from a reputable supplier in order to get the absolute best results.
What's the difference between ink and toner cartridges?
Ink Cartridges Toner Cartridges
Printer Type Work with inkjet printers Work with laser printers
Material Liquid ink Dry powder
How it works Inkjet printers use a series of nozzles that spray tiny drops of ink directly on the print suface Laser toner printers use static electricity and heat to bond dry toner powder to a page
Commonly used by Casual home users, small business and photographers Large businesses and schools
Number of Pages You Can Print A cartridge's page yield is the estimated number of pages you can print. Page yield is based on 5% page coverage. This means that the quoted page yield is based upon printed pages where only 5% of the page has been imprinted with ink. For example, a short memo has approximately 5% coverage. If you have a cartridge that has a yield of 500 pages, it can print 500 pages of that short memo. If you are printing letters, photos or graphics, your coverage will vary greatly and your page yield will drop significantly.
Cartridge Warranty and Shelf Life Most ink and toner cartridges include a warranty or "best by" date on their box. Remanufactured and compatible ink cartridges can last 12-18 months unopened, and toner cartridges can last up to 3 years.
Cartridge Care and Storage Only open a cartridge when you need it. Opened cartridges will eventually dry out, especially if the protective tape or clip has been removed. If you have an open ink cartridge around and would like to try and prevent it from drying out, place it nozzle side up in a plastic airtight tub. If your cartridge came with protective tape or a clip reapply both before storing. Place a damp cloth or paper towel in the tub, next to the cartridge and keep it stored in a cool, dark place.

LD 1.75mm (0.5kg) PLA Color Changing in UV Natural to Purple Filament Spool for 3D Printers

Reg. Price $20.99

Our Price $16.99 Per Spool

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Buy 3 or More Natural to Purple for $24.00 each (save -$21.03+)
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Looking for a new, exciting 3D printing experience?! Inkcartridges.com offers low prices on 3D printer filament that offers a unique ability - it changes color when exposed to light! Our spools of color changing PLA natural to purple in UV 1.75mm 0.5kg 3D printer filament deliver a consistent, smooth printing experience. Now you can produce gorgeous, color-changing creations at a price you can afford. Enjoy fast shipping on all Inkcartridges.com orders. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.


Item Code Brand Name Product Type Weight (Approximate) Detailed Color 3D Printing Features 3D Printing Material Recommended Extrusion Temperature Compatibility
FLCCU175HNP LD Products 3D Filament 1 kg (2.2 Lbs) Purple Color Changing PLA 190 - 200 C 3D Systems, 3DFactories,3DISION, Afinia, Airwolf, Aurora3D, Beeverycreative, Deezmaker, FDM, Flashforge, Formlabs, Ideaprinter, Leapfrog, Lulzbot, Makerbot,Opencube, Printrbot, Reprap, Robo,Sharebot,Solidoodle, Stratasys,Ultimaker, UP!, XYZprinting
*Average cartridge page yield in accordance with ISO IEC 24711

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  • Q:

    Who manufactures the 3D filament that LD Products sell / distribute?
    Asked on 2/8/2017 by Forgot from Compton, CA

    1 answer

  • LD Luminous Blue Filament 1.75mm (PLA)


    Does the "luminous blue" filament glow in the dark?

    After I had already ordered and received the luminous blue filament, I see in the Q&A for the "Luninous Green" ABS filament, that the use of the word "luminous" was to express that the color of the filament is "bright and bold".

    I ordered this luminous blue filament and it's neither bright nor bold. If there wasn't a label, I would think it was a "natural"/"clear" color.

    It does not glow in the dark, no matter the amount of light it is exposed to.

    Unless the color changes after printing, I am very much misled by the description of this product. I paid extra for this spool for the "luminous" (ie "glow in the dark") feature but in reality I have a natural colored spool.

    Does this spool change color or will it glow in the dark after printing or am I stuck with a natural colored spool that I paid extra for?
    Asked on 1/21/2015 by FusionDawg

    2 answers

    • A:

      We are sincerely sorry for the discrepancy in our description of the FLPLA175KLBU Filament, we are working on an updated description. Under normal lighting the filament will be a natural color. When exposed to darkness, the color will change to a bright, bold, blue color. The filament spool or printer object will basically “charge” its glow in the dark color changing effect with daylight/UV, resulting in a luminous blue color in the dark.

      Answered on 1/23/2015 by Shoshana
    • A:

      Confirmed that the spool does glow in the dark after being exposed to sunlight. The color is not exactly blue. It's more of a blue-green glow leaning more towards green.

      Answered on 1/27/2015 by Anonymous
  • LD Translucent Purple 3D Printing Filament (PLA)


    What extrusion temperature should be used with this PLA?
    Asked on 12/17/2014 by vaderj from Oregon

    1 answer

    • A:

      The best extrusion temperature is 230-240; nylon has a melting point of 220-260.

      Answered on 12/23/2014 by Shoshana
  • LD Translucent Green 3D Printing Filament (PLA)


    Reccomended extruder temp?
    Asked on 12/6/2014 by Sliced Br3D from Des Moines, IA, USA

    1 answer

    • A:

      Excellent question! The extruder temperature for PLA translucent green filament tape is 190-200.

      Answered on 12/9/2014 by Shoshana
  • LD White 3D Printing Filament (PLA)


    What is the inside diameter of the hole in the middle

    I am trying to make a holder for it and I need to know this to make it.
    Asked on 11/28/2014 by Nicbudd from New England

    1 answer

    • A:

      Excellent question! The diameter is 1.5" on this LD 1.75mm (1kg) PLA White Filament.

      Answered on 12/3/2014 by Shoshana
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very good quality

By Zboysal

from Los Angeles, California

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I set my printer to 210 and it printed flawlessly.
I drew a bust of my version of Coby Bryan form the Lakes basketball team. And all I had to do is wait because the print went flawlessly. I use a Rostock Max2 printer and Mattercontrol to prepare, slice and print.

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