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3D printing Materials

FDM 3D printing

FDM is the most widely available 3D printing process, mainly used for low-cost prototyping and design verification with very fast turn around times.

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Description

Applications
FDM is the most widely available 3D printing process, mainly used for low-cost prototyping and design verification with very fast turn around times.
Strengths
Low-cost, Fast turnaround times
Weaknesses
Limited dimensional accuracy, Print layers are likely to be visible

Characteristics

Price

$ $ $ $ $

Lead time
< 2 days
Wall Thickness
0.8 mm
Tolerances
± 0.5% (min: ± 0.5 mm)
Max part size
100 x 100 x 100 cm
Layer height
100 - 300

FDM PLA materials

High stiffness, good detail, affordable.

Available materials

Standard PLA

PLA (FDM) is used for low-cost, non-functional prototyping. Offers greater detail than ABS, but is more brittle. Unsuitable for high temperature applications.

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Woodfill PLA

Woodfill PLA (FDM) contains wood, bamboo, or cork-based pulverized material, resulting in FDM parts with a unique wood-like appearance.

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Metalfill PLA

Metalfill PLA (FDM) contains steel, copper, bronze or other metal particles that give parts a metallic surface finish and unique properties.

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FDM ABS materials

Commodity plastic, improved mechanical and thermal properties compared to PLA.

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Standard ABS

ABS (FDM) has good mechanical properties, with excellent impact strength, superior to PLA, but less defined details. Commonly used for enclosure prototypes.

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FDM Nylon materials

Used to substitute functional injection moulded parts, good chemical resistance. Perfect for functional applications.

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Standard Nylon

Nylon (FDM) has superior mechanical properties than ABS and high chemical and abrasion resistance. Used for functional parts requiring high fatigue strength.

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Carbon-fiber reinforced Nylon

Carbon-fibre reinforced Nylon (FDM) contains continuous carbon fibers that give extremely high stiffness and strength-to-weight ratio comparable to metal.

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Carbon filled Nylon

Carbon filled Nylon (FDM) has excellent stiffness and good temperature resistance. Ranks between standard Nylon and continuous Carbon-fiber reinforced Nylon.

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Kevlar-fiber reinforced Nylon

Kevlar-fiber reinforced Nylon (FDM) contains continuous kevlar fibers that give excellent mechanical properties and high abrasion and impact resistance.

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Fiberglass reinforced Nylon

Fiberglass reinforced Nylon (FDM) contains continuous glass fibers that give high stiffness and excellent heat resistance. Ideal for high temperature applications.

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FDM PETG materials

Good for mechanical parts with high impact resistance and flexibility. Sterilizable.

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Standard PETG

PETG (FDM) is a thermoplastic material with improved mechanical properties over PLA and excellent chemical and moisture resistance.

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FDM TPU materials

Rubber-like material, suitable for tubes, grips, seals and gaskets.

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Standard TPU

TPU (FDM) is a rubber-like, flexible elastomer with shore hardness 60A - 95A that can bend and compress. Lacks the performance of true rubber.

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FDM ASA materials

UV stability and high chemical resistance, preferred material for outdoor applications.

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Standard ASA

ASA (FDM) has good mechanical properties, similar to ABS, with improved UV stability and high chemical resistance. Commonly used for outdoor applications.

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FDM PEI materials

Engineering plastic, high performance applications, flame retardant.

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Standard PEI (ULTEM)

ULTEM (FDM) is an engineering plastic with good mechanical properties and exceptional heat, chemical and flame resistance. Suitable for top-end applications.

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