MATERIAL

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.

PETG (Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol)

PETG is a reliable and affordable material with a lot to offer for designers and engineers, among other users. Through this article, you will find more information about this versatile filament, including benefits, drawbacks and how to get the best results for PETG 3D printing.

Simulated Polypropylene

If you are looking for a durable material that renders a finished quality resolution for prototyping, then Simulated PP is a great choice.  For snap-fit style parts, hinges and anything requiring a finished prototype, simulated PP behaves like polypropylene ..

PA12 Nylon (black only)

PA12 Nylon, used in Trivimus Technologies’ SLS printers, is a strong, durable material with high tensile strength and resistance to chemicals and abrasion.   Its characteristics make it an excellent choice for parts requiring inner walls or lattices.  It is often used in the creation of prosthetics.

Colorjet Powder

Made of gypsum, colorjet powder allows for the creation of model commonly used for architectural modeling, full concept models and demonstration pieces.  The process allows for the use of complex geometries and the color options are like a color printing for a strong visual effect.

High-Detail Resins

High-detail resin is the name given to a line of photopolymers with special formulations geared toward specific requirements or performance characteristics.  These resins may include formulations for higher viscosity, increased ShoreD hardness, higher tensile modulus, improved elongation and better heat deflection.  

Castable Resin

Castable resin is an acrylate photopolymer.  It is used to create highly detailed models for casting in the jewelry industry or any industry where precise detail and superior resolution is required.  Castable resin does not melt away but instead transitions to a gas when heated to burn away and leave the cast product behind. Strength: …