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3D Printing Filament & Resin for Desktop 3D Printers


Choose the right 3D printing material for the right job. Here you can find the type of filaments and resins available together with detailed reviews and picture galleries for the most used materials in desktop 3D printing. PLA, ABS, Wood, PET, PETG, Nylon, Support, FLEX, with more reviews coming up.

Materials for 3D printing at home are becoming cheaper as more and more manufacturers appear on the market. Scroll down for the list of brands and the general materials overview. Read more about materials for desktop 3D printing below the table.

List of 3D Printer Filament Brands

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TypeProducerSite/LinkCountry
PLA; PETG; TPU;
Refill;
DAS FILAMENT
Das Filament ShopGermany
PLA; PETG; TPU; ABS; WoodEcoreprap
Ecoreprap ShopChina
PLA; HTPLA; ABS; Cardboard;Proto Pasta
Available on Amazon
Proto Pasta logoCanada
PLA; ABS; Pellets; Refill;3D Print WorksUK
PLA; ABS; PETG; Refill; ResineSUN
Available on Amazon
China
PLA; ABS; PETG; TPU; Nylon; CarbonAmolen
Available on Amazon
Amolen Filament ShopChina
PLA; FLEX; PETG; ABS; otherFilament & MeerNetherlands
PLA; PETG; Wood; FLEX; Metal; otherColorFabb
Available on Amazon
Colorfabb logoNetherlands
PLA
PolyalchemyPolyalchemy logoChina
PLA; ABS; PETG; TPU; Wood; otherHatchbox
Available on Amazon
Hatchbox logoUSA
PLA; ABS; PETG; Wood; FLEX; Metal; HIPS; Nylon; otherFormFutura
Available on Amazon
FormFutura logo 60Netherlands
PLA; ABS; PETG; otherTREEDItaly
PLA; ABS; PETG; otherHello3D
Available on Amazon
China
PLA; ABS; PETG; Refill;SUNLU
Available on Amazon
China
PLA; ABS; PET; BVOH; PP; PRIMALLOY; otherVerbatim
Available on Amazon
Verbatim logoJapan
PLA; ABS; Wood; FLEX; Nylon; Support; otherFillamentum
Available on Amazon
fillamentum logoCzech Republic
PLA; Wood; Support; otherPolymaker
Available on Amazon
Polymaker logoNetherlands
PLA; Wood; Flex; otherBQBQ logoSpain
FLEX; PLA; ABS; HIPS; otherNinjaTek
Available on Amazon
NinjaTek logoUSA
PLA; ABS; FLEX; PET otherMatterHackersMatterHackers logoUSA
PLA; ABS; PETG; other3D Solutech
Available on Amazon
USA

Please feel free to contact us if you think that a particular brand or material should be added.
– Refill; Cardboard – These tags mean that these brands have eco-friendly options for the spools. Please check their websites as such options may not be available on marketplaces such as Amazon, etc.
– Resin – For SLA, Resin 3D printers.
– Pellets – Rarely used for the FDM desktop 3D printers.

FDM Filaments for Desktop 3D Printing

PLA is still reigning as the most popular and accessible 3D material for desktop 3D printers. It is user-friendly and produces predictable results, which is very valuable in prototyping. PETG is the second popular 3D printer filament which most of the vendors offer. Some brands are confident enough to bring new materials to the market adding diversity to 3D printing. Sometimes it is hard to find your way in the sea of different materials.

WRB Cube - Plastic Metal & Wood Composites - 3D Printing Materials for Desktop 3D Printers
WRB Cube – Plastic, Metal & Wood Composites
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Several years ago 3D printing in wood or metal at home was a novelty, and now many vendors have these, previously experimental, filaments in their portfolio.
PETG, a derivative from PET, is among others that became a commonly used material in desktop 3D printing. It has many functional uses, it is durable and recyclable. PETG has a reputation as an easy to work with material.

Flexible materials (TPU) are also starting to gain weight lately in 3D printing at home. This type of material has its special uses, creating objects where other materials would not work. However, flexible (TPU) or semi-flexible filament is harder to use on a desktop 3D printer. Additional test prints may be required when first dealing with this type of filament.

3D Printer Filament - Materials for Desktop 3D Printing
3D Printer Filament – PLA – Shades of Blue
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LCD UV-curing Resins for Desktop 3D Printers

If there are many independent FDM filament producers, then UV-curing resin usually produced by SLA and LCD 3D printer manufacturers. The variety of colors wasn’t great in the beginning but now you can find more than 10 shades of the same brand even on marketplaces such as Amazon. Also, it is possible to mix some resins flawlessly to get the desired shade. Tessa Nesci demonstrated color mixing possibility in her Elegoo Mars Pro Review blog.

3D printer materials are an integral part of 3D printing industry. The growth in the 3D printer market underpins the boost in the materials segment, where more vendors and new materials keep emerging. Hope this table saves time in looking for the right filament and gives a good idea of what’s available.

PLA – Best for Beginners

PLA (Polylactic Acid) is one of the most commonly used 3D printing materials. You often get a spool of it when you buy a new printer. PLA is normally the first filament used by beginners to 3D printing, as it is expected to have relatively predictable results. However, the quality of PLA may vary depending on the manufacturer. Even filaments from the same manufacturer but of different colors may have different printing properties…
Full Review & More Images

Nozzle: 190-220°C; Bed: 45-60°C

PLA - 3D Printing Material - Tower of Pi
PLA Filament Review
(Image: 3DWithUs)

Wood Filament Review

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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Nozzle: 190-220°C; Bed: 45-60°C

Wood Filament Elephant Toy
Wood Filament Review
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ABS Filament & Acetone Smoothing Review

When we started our adventure in 3D printing, ABS filament (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) was one of the most popular 3D printing materials. Later it lost its leading position to PLA and PETG. Some of ABS properties, though, may keep this filament in the top 5 for a while, despite of a few disadvantages when using it for 3D printing at home. Here are our Pros and Cons …
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Nozzle: 220-240°C; Bed: 80-100°C;

ABS Acetone Smoothing - ABS Filament Review - 3D Printing Materials
ABS Filament & Acetone Smoothing Review
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PET Filament Review – Pros & Cons

Another 3D printing material, which we have tested for the use in the home or office environment, is PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate). PET filament is food safe and waterproof therefore it is especially good for making vases, bottles, boxes, all sorts of containers …
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Nozzle: 240-270°C; Bed: 80-100°C;

3D Printed Candy Bowls - Red PET Filament
PET Filament Review – Pros and Cons
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PETG Filament Review – Waterproof?

PETG filament is a 3D printing material for desktop 3D printers that has been quickly gaining popularity. PETG is a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) that is glycol-modified. Before writing this review, we thought about adding the images of makes in PETG to the previous PET filament review that we published earlier. However, after trying to print in it, we realized that it was a different material that required different printing settings, and therefore it deserved a proper review and its separate photo gallery. It is known to be waterproof, but do the models come out really waterproof when printed with desktop 3D printers? Let’s check where PETG filament is used together with its Pros and Cons …
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Nozzle: 230-250°C; Bed: 80-90°C;

PETG Filament Review - Waterproof Dishes For Planters
PETG Filament Review – Waterproof Dishes For Planters
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Flexible Filament Review – TPU, TPE, FLEX

FLEX – All flexible filaments
Flexible filaments, including TPU and TPE, are not as frequently used in 3D printing as PLA or PETG. The reason may be that 3D printing using such materials requires certain skills together with the good knowledge and feel of your machine. Also, slicer settings, like in Cura or Simplify3D, have to be adjusted individually. Not all objects can be printed in flexible material. For example, designs with joint parts, that work well in PLA or ABS, may require modification to suit flexible filament. This post is updated frequently with brief reviews, pros and cons, and ideas for 3D printing.
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Nozzle: 220-240°C; Bed: 0-60°C;

Flexible Filament Review – TPU, TPE, FLEX
Flexible Filament Review – Various Tests and Ideas for 3D Printing
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Color Changing Filament

Another interesting desktop 3D printer material to try is the color changing filament. Such thermochromic material changes its color depending on the temperature. Let’s test how the color changing PLA works, and where it can be used. We will also touch upon “glow in the dark” and “rainbow” filaments. …
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If PLA, then nozzle: 210-215°C; Bed: 0-60°C;

Color Changing Filament - Thermochromic 3D Printer Material Review
Color Changing Filament – Thermochromic 3D Printer Material Review
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Rainbow Silk Filament

If you’ve ever wanted to print a model with multiple colors on a single extruder 3D printer without changing materials mid-print, the Rainbow Silk PLA filament is definitely worth checking out.

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If PLA, then nozzle: 200-230°C; Bed: 60-80°C;

Rainbow Silk PLA Filament Review
Rainbow Silk PLA Filament Review
(Photo: Andrew Sink)

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