I wanted to give a review of the Lulzbot PLA from eSUN, since I havent come across any here on the forums yet…
So, I generally buy my plastic from lulzbot, to support them, and they have reasonable prices/shipping times and I have found it to be good quality plastic.
So I have generally stuck with PLA, and since they now have a new supplier eSUN, I figured I would try it out especially since there is a big price difference.
My single roll of Black PLA from eSUN has been a bit of a pain to use. The filament is consistently on the large end of the range of 3 mm filament (about 2.92 mm for this roll on average. Village plastic rolls are more like 2.80-2.85 in my experience). This has caused the filament to slide with a bit too much friction in the feed tube, which causes the filament to unroll sporadically in bursts, rather than continuously as the village plastic rolls do.
Also, there were two places in the roll that the spool tangled on the roll itself as I was printing with it (I also have about 1/4 of the roll left). One time, it led to a print failure (annoying), the other time, I caught it and cut the tangle and reworked the filament into the extruder, (not a big deal, but sort of annoying). I am unsure if these tangles were related to how much friction the filament has while sliding in the tube, they very well might be related, in which case its easy enough to get a bigger tube.
Also, I found the eSUN plastic to be best for a printing temperature about 5 degrees hotter than my typical Village Plastic filament. This is not a big deal at all.
Overall, I think I will be buying Village Plastics PLA from now on, just to be more confident that I wont have any more issues.