Printing Tips for Advanced Materials

Fused Deposition Modeling Filaments

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ABS - Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene
    • Temperature: 230±10°C
    • Strong, ductile
    • Wear and heat resistant
    • Bed: 90±10°C
    • Good for post-processing
    • Produces toxic fumes, ventilation required
 

 

ASA - Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate
  • Temperature: 250±10°C
  • UV, weather, wear, and temperature resistant
  • Bed: 90±10°C
  • Good for outdoor use
  • Produces toxic fumes, ventilation required
 

 

HIPS - High Impact Polystyrene
    • Temperature: 230±10°C
    • Strong, durable, non-toxic, impact resistant, and recyclable
    • Food safe and machinable
  • Bed: 50±10°C
  • Works with adhesives and paint
  • Dissolves in limonene

 

PETG - Polyethylene Terephthalate (Glycol)
    • Temperature: 245±10°C
    • Durable, flexible
    • Impact and heat resistant
  • Bed: 60±10°C
  • Good for snap fit and mechanical parts

 

PETG - Carbon Fiber PETG
    • Temperature: 245±10°C
    • Increased durability and strength
    • High Impact and heat resistance
    • Increased PETG Stiffness
  • Bed: 60±10°C
  • Good for snap fit and mechanical parts
  • Chemical resistant

  

PLA - Polylactic Acid
    • Temperature: 210±10°C
    • Stiffer material, can be brittle
    • Low melting point
  • Bed: 0-40±15°C
  • Non-toxic, easy to use
  • Heated bed not required

 

PLA - High Heat PLA
    • Temperature: 210±10°C
    • Stiffer material, can be brittle
    • Can heat treated (annealed) to achieve properties exceeding ABS
    • To anneal, bake model in 200°F oven for up to 30 minutes
  • Bed: 0-40±15°C
  • Non-toxic, easy to use
  • Annealing works best on solid (100% infill parts)
  • Depending on model properties, annealing can cause part to deform or shrink

 

PLA - Composite Brass, Bronze, Copper PLA
    • Temperature: 220±10°C
    • PLA properties
    • Look and feel of bronze, brass or copper
      • Bed: 50±10°C
      • Can be tarnished, sanded, and polished
      • High abrasion; Requires plated nozzle
 

  

PLA - Composite Carbon Fiber PLA
    • Temperature: 220±10°C
    • Strong, heat and wear resistant
    • Bed: 50±10°C
    • High abrasion; Requires plated nozzle
 

 

PLA - Composite Stainless Steel PLA
    • Temperature: 220±10°C
    • PLA properties
    • Strong, durable, with extra weight
    • Bed: 35±10°C
    • High abrasion; Requires plated nozzle
 

 

PLA - Composite Wood Fill PLA
    • Temperature: 210±30°C
    • PLA properties
    • Similar look and feel to wood
    • Bed: 30±10°C
    • Hotter extruder leads to darker color
    • High abrasion; Requires plated nozzle
 

 

PVA - Polyvinyl Alcohol
    • Temperature: 190±20°C
    • Stiff water soluble support
  • Bed: 45±10°C
  • Good PLA support with similar temperature

 

TPU - Thermoplastic Polyurethane
    • Temperature: 220±10°C
    • Rubbery, elastic, and impact resistant
    • Oil and grease resistant
    • Bed: 40±10°C
    • Less infill percentage the more flexible