Printing Materials

TYPES OF MATERIALS

1.  High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS)

High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) is an easy, low cost, and widely used 3D printing material. HIPS comes in a wide range of colors and, because it’s so easy to print with it, is recommended for beginners.

HIPS 3D printer filament has properties that are similar to ABS. It is relatively strong, and therefore can be sanded. Unlike ABS, HIPS has less potential for warping while printing and is ideal for painting making it popular for use with costumes, models, and miniature figurines. Additionally, the low cost of HIPS makes it an appealing material for rapid prototyping, early testing of modeled objects, and use in educational settings.

HIPS also performs well as a support material. This means it can be used with other filaments when you can print objects with interior cavities, intricate sections, overhanging portions, and much more.

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2.  Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)

ABS is one of the most popular 3D printing materials in the world because it is strong and easy to print. It’s a durable plastic that can be used for prototypes or functional / end-use 3D printed parts.

ABS prints can be sanded or smoothed using an advanced technique with acetone. Experienced users have found that the visible layers on a print can be significantly reduced with an acetone vapor bath (a process in which the ABS print is exposed to warm acetone vapor for a brief period of time). With this technique, you can have ABS parts that are glossy and smooth. This process may also strengthen the parts themselves by binding the printed layers together.

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3.  Polylactic acid (PLA)

PLA is another commonly used material for 3D printing because of it’s ease of use. PLA has minimal warping and shrinking compared to other materials, which means it thrives when making objects featuring flat surfaces and hard angles, or requiring tight tolerances for fit.

PLA is commonly used for prototypes, educational and architectural models, and artifact replicas. It can also be treated with a variety of post-processing techniques. PLA is a popular choice for users looking to paint objects after they have been printed, such as costume props and figurines.PLAPLA_1

4.  Alloy 910 (Nylon)

Specially developed to exhibit the ideal characteristics of several different classes of 3D printing filaments, Alloy 910 offers the strength and durability of nylon with the same minimal shrink nature of PLA and t-glase.

Alloy 910 is among the strongest materials you can currently 3D print. When 3D printed, it has a tensile strength of 8,500 PSI, making Alloy 910 almost as strong as Polycarbonate but easier to 3D print since it warps five times less. It is perfect for applications where high strength and stiffness is key. Use Alloy 910 for frames or enclosures subject to stress and high impact, and items subject to repeated flexing such as buckles and clasps. Like other nylons, Alloy 910 has a large chemical resistance range and can even be dyed to achieve custom colors.

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5.  Plasticized Copolyamide Thermoplastic Elastomer (PCTPE)

PCTPE boasts a unique combination of high strength nylon and flexible thermoplastic elastomer ingredients, allowing you to 3D print durable objects with semi-smooth texture that can withstand bending and twisting while exhibiting minimal stretching.

PCTPE’s ability to bend and twist under duress with minimal stretching is optimal for wearables, cosplay costume harnesses and prop prosthetics, tubing, flexible electronics enclosures, snap fit and more.

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6.  NinjaFlex (Flexible Material)

NinjaFlex performs with an exciting combination of elongation, elasticity, and strength. Simply put, it is the stretchiest material we have ever tested. NinjaFlex comes in many colors that have a beautiful, strong sheen after being 3D printed. Like SemiFlex, NinjaFlex is a premium and high quality filament material capable of opening the door to a wide range of new applications for your LulzBot desktop 3D printer.

This filament’s soft elasticity, especially combined with the custom nature of 3D printing, make it ideal for costumes, cell phone cases, covers, grips, and thin sturdy membranes. When using hexagonal infill you can even create objects that are stiffer along one axis orientation, while the other axes remain soft and squishy.flex2flex

7.  Artistic Filaments

(Lay-wood, Steel-PLA, Magnetic Iron PLA and much more)

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PRINTABLE MATERIAL PRICE CHART

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