Materials & Filament

 

The “ink” for your printer, rest assured that you can access high quality, consistent filament from us. We stock filament for the printers we sell, and we can bring in special filament materials and colours for your every project – ask us for details!

Material Types

Filament comes in standard sizes – 1.75mm and 2.85mm. The size you require depends on the printer you have. Contact us if you aren’t sure what you need.

PLA

PLA is a biodegradable plastic made from natural and renewable resources. It is considered more flexible and shatterproof than other plastic types and is often used in medical applications. Unlike ABS, a heated bed isn’t required when you print with PLA, although it doesn’t hurt.

  • Most widely used filament
  • Biodegradable and/or made from organic and renewable resources
  • Safe and easy to print with
  • Ideal for makers, schools and prosumers from beginners to advanced

ABS

ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) is the second most printed material and is often used by engineers and in professional applications due to it’s higher temperature tolerance, strength and machinability. ABS parts can be bonded together with Acetone. Requires a heated bed but can be printed well without cooling (unlike PLA).

  • Strong, flexible with high temperature resistance
  • Excellent mechanical properties which makes it great for prototypes or end-use parts
  • Used by engineers and professionals

PET or Co-polymers

PET has more recently become a reliable filament for 3D printing. Prints are stronger than PLA and are usually safe for food contact. It is proving to be an excellent material choice and combines the benefits of ABS & PLA and can even be produced from recycled plastics (like water bottles).

  • Chemical resistance, good dimensional stability
  • Available in virgin or recycled plastic
  • Great for prototypes and mechanical parts

Flexible

Flexible materials provide a rubber-like material that is great for manufacturing. These materials come in wide variety of shore-hardness ratings (lower number means more flexible). Highly flexible materials should be used on a direct-drive extrusion system, while Bowden tube printers can handle only semi-flexible materials (like TPU95).

  • Available in a variety of flexibilities and colours
  • Rubber-like materials that are great for manufacturing purposes

Polycarbonate (PC)

Polycarbonate is an advanced material that is excellent for engineering and manufacturing purposes. It is strong, tough and has high temperature resistance.

  • Stable up to temperatures of 110C
  • Has flame retardant characteristics
  • Great for molds, tools and functional prototypes

Nylon

Nylon is another advanced and high performance material that is used by manufacturers around the globe. It is durable, has a high strength-to-weight ratio, good flexibility, low-friction and is corrosion resistant. It can withstand significant mechanical stress.

  • Industrial-grade impact and abrasion resistance
  • Durable, strong and resistant
  • Great for tools, functioning prototypes and end-use parts

Water Soluble

Water soluble materials are used for printing supports as the supports can be easily dissolved in water, rather than removing them by hand. These materials are highly sensitive to humidity and need to be stored carefully. PVA is formulated to work with the Ultimaker 3 dual extrusion system.

Special Materials

A wide range of other materials are available for advanced users. These have special properties or are composite materials.

  • Glow in the Dark
  • Wood, bamboo composites
  • Steel, brass, bronze, copper composites