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Over the years, 3D printing industry has been growing and new advancements are being introduced. New 3D printing machines are also being developed to print different kinds of materials such as plastics, metals, composites and many more.

When it comes to industrial 3D printing, there is a wide range of materials to choose from. These materials have their own unique features, strengths and weaknesses. Moreover, there are important factors such as material type, texture, cost, etc. that need to be considered to avoid mistakes in 3d printing. It can be difficult to choose the most suitable material for a specific project.

ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)

ABS is lightweight and has good impact strength; it is abrasion resistant and affordable. Moreover, ABS polymers withstand a lot of chemical formulas. The glass transition temperature of ABS plastic is 105°C (221°F), making it ideal for use in relatively safe machines that are easy to operate (the safety of household machines is important).

PLA (Polylactic Acid)

PLA is the most popular choice for many applications due to its ease of printing and low cost. A biodegradable thermoplastic made from corn starch, PLA is often used in non-functional prototyping applications where the part is used mainly for design verification. While not as durable and heat resistant as other thermoplastic materials, PLA has found wide use in FDM printing.

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