3D Printing Materials

3D Printing Materials

There are different processes in additive manufacturing. Each using specific 3D printing materials: powder, resin, filament, pallets, etc. Here we will cover all materials that we come across.

PLA – Polylactic Acid

PLA is one of the most commonly used 3D printing materials. A spool of it often comes together with a new printer. PLA is normally the first filament used by beginners in 3D printing. It is expected to have relatively predictable results. However we noticed that the quality of PLA may vary depending on the manufacturer. Even filaments from the same manufacturer but of different colour may have different printing properties.
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Wood Filament

3D printing wood filament exists since 2012, but it could still be called experimental. It often consists of 60-70% polymers and 40-30% of recycled wood fibres of different kinds. Its qualities in reference to strength, for example, can be similar to PLA. There are no formal specifications for 3D printing materials and especially for new PLA composites. The properties of the end result together with the whole printing experience depends largely on what the non-PLA part of the filament is made of.
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ABS – Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene

3D Printed objects in ABS filament.
Recommended printing and bed temperature.
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