Filament Guide

PLA

Most commonly used 3D printer filament; inexpensive and derived from renewable resources. PLA is easy to print, provides great surface quality, but can be brittle. Often used for visual prototypes, hobbyist models and consumer products.

ABS

One of the most popular 3D printing materials. Highly durable, providing good strength and impact resistance. Often used for functional, moving parts, automotive parts, electronic housing & toys.

ASA

Has similar properties as ABS, with the added benefit of excellent UV, weather and chemical resistance. This makes ASA a great choice for 3D printing parts that will be outdoors or other severe conditions and need to retain their functionality.

NYLON

Used in many industrial applications, Nylon is a cost-effective plastic that’s strong, light, flexible and wear resistant. Ideal 3D printer filament for mechanical components, structural parts, gears and bearings, and dynamic loads. 

FLEXIBLE (TPU/TPE)

Provides wide range of flexibility, depending on the formulation. Often difficult to print, it must be run slower than other filaments. Not often used as a day-to-day material, but can be indispensable for certain applications such as gaskets, sealing faces and parts that must be flexible and rubber-like.

POLYCARBONATE (PC)

Ideal for parts exposed to high temperatures (100*C) making it ideal for lighting and engineering applications. Makes highly durable parts, but not especially rigid. Can be difficult to print with, especially when printing large parts (we’ve found success only when printing smaller parts). Combining other strong plastics such as ABS and PBT allow for more reliable printing while maintaining much of polycarbonate’s characteristics.

POLYESTERS (PET / PETT)

Somewhat easy to print with, PET & PETT are useful for mechanical parts, features impact resistance, flexibility and high durability.

PETG

Specially developed for 3D printing, combines good strength with high flexibility and durability. Ideal for mechanical parts due to high impact resistance and durability. Many versions approved by FDA for food contact.

 ACRYLIC (PMMA)

Highly transparent material that’s also very rigid and impact resistant. Can be translucent or transparent when printing, making it useful for toys and lighting.

HIPS (SOLUABLE)

Commonly used in the food industry for packaging. Tricky to work with, often used as structural support in Dual Extruder printers, despite low reliability.

OTHER POLYMERS

Group of different materials that do not fall into standard categories. Usually created with very special requirements / capabilities.