3mm is more rigid than 1.75mm.
3mm is less expensive than 1.75mm to manufacture.
3mm doesn’t have to be made to as tight of a tolerance as 1.75mm (or is more tolerant–a difference in diameter in 1.75mm is reflected more in the print).
3mm can feed better with a wider variety of extruders.
3mm won’t snap as easily as 1.75mm, which is important for brittle filaments (like Laywood or something).
3mm won’t crush as easily as 1.75mm (for a filament like HIPS).
3mm can feed a greater amount of plastic faster than 1.75mm, if you are printing fast.
1.75mm tangles a lot easier than 3mm.
Make Magazine rated the TAZ and UM2 as top performers, both use 3mm. Just sayin’.
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