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ABS 3D printing materials

ABS comes with a wide range of uses and applications, making it very good 3D printing materials. Its available in every thinkable colour, while the raw color is white. It is used with a FFF (FDM) printer and is wound around a spool. The filament is unrolled during the 3D printing process.

The 3D printing filaments are guided into the extrusion head, which has to be heated to the point where the ABS plastic melts in order to turn it into a liquid. Once it has been liquefied, it is then deposited layer by layer onto the printing platform (build plate). One of the main features of ABS 3D printing materials material is the fact that it is affordable, making it a type of additive manufacturing material that is favored by many industries. The cost of 3D printing with ABS has reduced significantly, because of the lapse of patents that relate to FDM technology, saving businesses and industries a considerable amount of money.

3D printed object with the 3D printing materials ABS

PEEK 3D printing material

More and more companies are using PEEK 3D printing materials. Within the 3D industry, PEEK is one of the top notch 3D printing filaments, otherwise known is polyether ether ketone. It is a colorless, organic thermoplastic polymer that achieves some of the best results out of all thermoplastics worldwide. It is part of the polyaryletherketone (PAEK) family.

PEEK 3D printing materials have a wide range of unique qualities. All of these make PEEK a very interesting filament choice for a number of different industries around the world such as Medical, Aerospace, Oil and Gas Industry and Automotive. It is the ideal choice for low-volume production and specialist designs where it is difficult to create prototypes using metal and traditional techniques.

3D printed object with the 3D printing materials PEEK

PETG 3D printing materials

Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) is the most widely used plastic in the world. In fact, if you look around you, you will find that the polymer is used in many different applications such as the creation of water bottles, right through to the fibers of your clothing.

When it comes to 3D printing materials, PETG is the version of this plastic that is used in 3D printing processes with the G standing for “glycol-modified”. This is added during polymerization to the material composition. 3D printing with PETG delivers a result that gives the materials a clear look, which is less brittle and simpler to use than the base form of PET. The molecular structure is also known to be irregular, while the resin is clear and amorphous with a glass transition temperature of 85 degrees Celsius.

3D printed object with the 3D printing materials PETG

PLA 3D printing materials

Polylactic Acid or PLA as it is known, is created using green renewable sources such as starch, corn or sugar cane. This means that it is better for the environment than other 3D printing materials as it can be recycled and be used in the 3D printing process for models and prototypes. PLA plastic filament is a popular choice in 3D printing, in particular when using the FDM technology.

PLA material is the best option for those applications where 3D printing is still a relatively new addition, as it is known in the industry as the easiest 3D printing material. It is ideal for those who are looking to carry out fast prototyping, which is why it’s the perfect choice for quick work.

3D printed object with the 3D printing materials PLA