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There is an ever-growing number of materials used in 3D printing and the more the technology is developed the more will appear. Materials from thermoplastics all the way to chocolate can be printed, and so with such a variety available this page aims to help you find which material is best for your 3D printing needs, starting with the most popular….TBC

Most Popular

MaterialImageUseTechMultiple Colour/FinishMin Detail (mm)Min Thickness (mm)Heat ResAverage Price per 1kg
ABSFFFYes0.3176°C£25
PLAFFFYes£26.55
Soft PLA
PLA 4043D
PVA
Nylon
HIPS
LayWOOD

ABS or Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene is

  • A common thermoplastic available in a range of colours.
  • ABS is a strong, flexible durable plastic and so is preferred above PLA for mechanical purposes
  • ABS is the plastic Lego is made from, is perfect for heated plastic extrusion 3D printing.
  • Smells like hot plastic when heated which can be quite off putting
  • High temperature resistance
  • ABS

    PLA or Polylactic Acid is

  • PLA is a thermoplastic aliphatic polyester derived from renewable sources such as corn starch.
  • PLA is biodegradable and can be used as an alternative to high-impact polystyrene as and so is more ‘Earth friendly’
  • Sweet smell when heated due to being derived from sugar
  • Higher maximum printing speed than ABS due to lower temperature resistance
  • Glossy look
  • Will melt if left in hot temperatures after printing e.g. car back seat on a hot day, so not suitable for some applications
  • Can react with water, causing bubbles and spurting at the nozzles. At high temperatures with water can cause de-polymerization.
  • PLA

    PVA or Poly Vinyl Alcohol is

    ABS

    Nylon is

    Nylon

    Soft PLA

    PLA 4043D

    HIPS

    LayWOOD

    Plas™

    MPR

    Makerbot Dissolvable Filament

    PC

    TPE

    LAYBRICK

    BendLay

    T-glase

    All Materials

    Carbon SLS

    • Highest stiffness-to-weight ratio of any 3D Printed plastic
    • Highest strength-to-weight ratio of any 3D Printed plastic
    • Temperature resistance up to 180°

    Typical applications for this material include:

    Ducts
    Wings
    Gurneys
    Covers
    Brackets
    Brake Caps
    Cases
    UAVs

    Support Materials

    PVA

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