Materials

3D printing materials are plastic filament that is wound into rolls. The filament feeds into the printer’s print head, and then it is melted and extruded into 3D shapes.

PLA

Polylatic Acid (PLA) is a plastic designed specifically for 3D printing, therefore tt is the most commonly printed material. It boasts the largest range of filament colours, decent part strength and high rigidity, despite of its relatively low cost. PLA is best for:

  • Figures, sculptures and models
  • Non-mechanical parts
  • Boxes, cases & vases
  • Low cost prototyping & manufacturing

ABS

Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) is one of the most common plastics in the world because of its properties. Its high tensile strength and its resistance to high temperature allows it to be used for industrial and engineering applications. You can find ABS in:

  • Mechanical parts and housing
  • Automotive parts & accessories
  • Functional prototypes

PETG

Polyethylene terephthalate – Glycol modified (PETG) is a breed from the most common plastic in the world, PET, found in clear plastic bottles. Its transparent nature gives stunning, light diffusing results when printed, but it is also a tough, impact and temperature resistant plastic useful for mechanical parts. PETG can be used for:

  • Clear sculptures, lamp shades
  • RC car & drone bodies
  • Gears
  • FDA approved food safe parts (not recommended for prolong use

TPU Flex

Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) is a flexible filament so that is bendable and stretchable. Its flexibility ranges from a thin rubber band to hard rubber tyres, therefore TPU is common used for:

  • Phone cases
  • Watch Bands
  • GoPro cases & accessories
  • Kids-friendly soft toys

Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate (PC) is a tough and temperature resistant plastic, more so then ABS and PETG. Prints are transparent in nature and requires a high temperature print head. Polycarbonate prints can be used for:

  • Automotive parts and accessories
  • Internal computer parts and covers
  • Outdoor and weather resistant parts