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ABS 3D Filament 1.75mm 1kg Reel – Black

Manufactured to very tight tolerances (0.05mm diameter) using the highest quality materials to ensure consistent feeding and stable prints

Custom spool, designed for strength and uniform feeding ensures top quality prints every time.

Filaments packaged in vacuum-sealed bag, with desiccant to prevent introduction of dust and moisture.

ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) copolymer blend of styrene, acryl and butadiene.

Durable, impact resistant filament.

Glossy appearance can be cut, filed or glued post printing acetone can provide smooth surface

Compatible with most commercially available non-cartridge based 3D printers.

For best performance, an extrusion temperature between 230-240C and a heated bed temperature of 70C are recommended.

Environmentally-friendly, recyclable product

Keep material in sealed bag until ready for use.

Store unused material in cool, dark place.

Which is better: 1.75mm filament or 3mm filament?

This is not necessarily a question of better, but of compatibility. Many printers only support either 1.75mm or 3mm filament diameter, so the choice is made for you, based on your printer. If your printer is more advanced and allows use of either 1.75mm or 3mm filament, then the decision could be based on material availability e.g. you want to use a specialty filament that is only available in 1.75mm.

Light, ambient temperature and humidity can all affect the quality and longevity of 3D filaments. The best way to store filament is in a sealed box with a desiccant, e.g. a bowl of rice or some silica bags. Stored properly, the quality of the material should remain stable for a minimum of one year. Refer to your filament packaging for specific storage and handling instructions.

The choice between using PLA or ABS is going to depend largely on your printers capabilities/features as well as what you want to print, and the qualities you want the final print to possess.

ABS melts at higher temperatures, which means your machine has to run hotter in order to use ABS filament. It also is less sticky than PLA, and use of a heated print bed is recommended to help the material adhere to the bed while the print is in progress. If you are considering working with ABS check your printers specifications to ensure that it has a heated bed, and is capable of running with the temperature tolerances of ABS filament.

By contrast, PLA cools quicker and has better adhesion to the print surface, not requiring a heated bed or the hotter process temperatures of ABS. This means that generally you can print faster with PLA. However, PLAs lower melting point makes it more prone to warping/distortion if exposed to extreme heat post processing than ABS.

In terms of finishing your prints, ABS is soluble in acetone, which means you can wipe it over to smooth out any bumps or blemishes. Acetone has no effect on PLA, but PLA generally produces smoother prints from the start. PLA also tends to have a glossier finish and is more rigid than ABS. In general, those printing for display purposes will most likely prefer PLA while more professional applications will generally call for ABS. Finally, some printers will only work with one filament or the other; be sure to check your printer specifications before purchasing filament.

ABS, short for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, is a common thermoplastic that is petroleum-based. Used to make LEGO bricks, its strength, flexibility, and higher temperature resistance make ABS an often-preferred plastic for engineers and other professional applications. It is typically stronger and more durable than PLA filament but is not biodegradable. In general, parts printed using ABS have a bend to them and are less brittle than PLA. It also has a lower coefficient of friction than PLA and requires slightly less force to be extruded. ABS is available in both 1.75mm and 3mm.

No, ABS is not biodegradable. It is a petroleum-based plastic.

Yes, it is normal to experience a hot, plastic smell when using ABS filament. ABS is a petroleum-based, plastic filament that tends to produce a certain smell when heated. ABS is also more prone to producing UFCs. For maximum safety and comfort, it is recommended to print in a well-ventilated area.

Yes, ABS requires the use of a heated print bed; otherwise, the filament may warp or fail to adhere to the print surface during processing. The print bed should be about 80 C, depending on the printer. If your printer does not have a heated print bed, it may be incapable of printing ABS.

If you are having warping problems, chances are either the print bed isnt hot enough or the heated print bed isnt calibrated properly.

Depending on the specifications and the color, extrusion temperature can vary between 220-260 C.

For all printers, the nozzle should be about ~0.2mm away from the bed. This is about the thickness of a sheet of paper.

ABS starts to become malleable at ~100 C, its heat deflection point.

Yes, ABS is generally more heat resistant than PLA.

ABS was used for 3D printing before PLA; it is sometimes referred to as the legacy type of filament. PLA is a more recent type of filament.

What are some tips for printing with Verbatims Premium ABS filament?

For optimal performance, we recommend a printing temperature of ~230-240 C. As each desktop 3D printer has its own unique characteristics, you might need to tweak the settings on your printer to obtain the best results.

It is recommended to use a heated print bed when printing ABS, since ABS has a tendency to warp. Ideally, your print bed temperature should be set at ~80 C.

Please note that ABS will bend under too much heat, so after the first few layers, its best to turn down your print bed temperature a bit.

How can I get good first layer adhesion?

Good first layer adhesion is of the utmost importance in obtaining the best results for your prints. There are several tricks to get the first layer of your ABS print to stick better to the print bed of your printer:

Use polyimide tape (Kapton or PET tape).

ABS prints generally stick better to polyimide tape than to the print bed. When preparing the print bed, leave small gaps between your strips of tape, rather than having overlaps. Overlaps may cause difficulties later on during the print process. Using tape is unlikely to leave a residue on your print bed.

Coat your print bed with hairspray.

ABS generally adheres well to extra-strong hairsprays. Caution, hairspray may leave a residue on your print bed.

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schwarzes und weisses PLA auf SpulenEs gibt aktuell zwei wesentliche Materialien die fr 3D Druck verwendet werden:

Darber hinsus gibt es noch weitere Materialien die zum drucken verwendet werden knnen wie z.B.:

– Keramik (mu anschlieend gebrannt werden)

– Holz (mit Polymer als Bindemittel)

Es wurden auch schon Experimente mit Nudelteig und Schokolade gemacht welche beide ja auch in einer flssigen Form mit hoher Viskositt verarbeitet werden. Beim drucken mit Holz kann sogar eine Maserung eingearbeitet werden.

Die beiden verfgbaren Querschnitte des Filaments betragen 1,75 mm oder 3 mm. Der bentigte Querschnitt ist abhngig von dem im3D Druckerverbauten Extruder.

Welche Materialen und welchen Querschnitt ein Drucker verarbeiten kann wird von den Herstellern angegeben. Zu beachten ist, dass PLA und ABS Filament von verschiedenen Herstellern bezogen werden kann. Zum einen kann der Querschnitt geringfgig abweichen und auch die optimale Temperatur zur Verarbeitung variieren. Einige wenige Hersteller verarbeiten Sticks, die meist auch nur bei dem jeweiligen Hersteller bezogen werden knnen.

PLA (polylactic acid) wird bei ca. 185 – 220 Grad verflssigt und wird am ca. 60 Grad wieder fest. Der Werkstoff ist ideal fr die meisten Drucke da er kostengnstig, umweltschonend hergestellt wurde und leicht zu verarbeiten ist. PLA ist nicht leicht entflammbar, leicht und hat eine hohe UV-Bestndigkeit (verfrbt nicht stark bei Sonneneinstrahlung). PLA wird in Kleidung, im Haushalt, der Landwirtschaft und bei Verpackungen eingesetzt. Ein kleiner Nachteil ist, dass PLA ab ca. 60 Grad anfngt weich zu werden. Fr belastete Werkstcke ist das natrlich nicht ideal.

ABS (Acrylnitril-Butadien-Styrol) wird bei ca. 220 Grad verflssigt und hat seine Festigkeit oberhalb von 80 Grad. ABS wird oft fr Kunststoffteile in Autos verwendet und auch bei Spielzeug (Lego, Playmobil). ABS ist schlagfest und hat eine hohe Oberflchenhrte. ABS neigt beim drucken grerer Objekte zu Verspannungen, da das Bauteil nicht gleichmig warm bleibt. Dadurch kann es zu Abhebungen an den Rndern und sogar zur Ablsung des Bauteils kommen.

Der Preisunterschied zwischen PLA und ABS ist sehr gering. Beide Materialien sind in vielen verschiedenen Farben verfgbar. Es gibt auch halb transparentes, transparentes und bei Dunkelheit leuchtendes PLA. Einen groen Unterschied gibt es bei der Haftung auf dem Druckbett. PLA kann sogar auf einem unbeheizten Druckbett gedruckt werden, dazu nimmt man Isolierband bzw. Capton um die bentigte Haftung zu ermglichen. Besser haftet PLA allerdings auf Glas, welches man in Form einer Scheibe oder eines Spiegels auf das Heizbett montieren kann. ABS bentigt hhere Temperaturen zum anhaften auf der Unterlage.

Gute Webseite mit Erklrungen zum Unterschied zwischen PLA und ABS (englisch):

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Materialien / Filament – Kommentare:Feb 13, 2013 22:42 vonsedakaABS haftet nicht so gut auf der Druckplatte. Da mu man ein wenig experimentieren und ein Brim verwenden. Und es stinkt je nach Hersteller mehr oder weniger bei der Verarbeitung. PLA ist eher geruchlos.

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Our partner – Triton 3D – offers a wide array of filaments that are compatible with Stratasys® Fortus®, Dimension®, and legacy systems. These materials include Ultem®, PC, PC/ABS, ESD-Safe Materials and more. Save up to 50% or more on these materials.More Info

3DXMAX® PC/ABS (polycarbonate + acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) is a premium high-heat 3D printing filament. PC/ABS alloys the mechanical properties & high-heat resistance of PC with the printability of ABS and allows for the printing of functional prototypes and production parts with very fine detail and excellent surface quality. 3DXMAX® PC/ABS is suitable for use in both consumer-grade and industrial FDM/FFF printers that have a heated print bed. Made by 3DXTECH® in the USA.

Bed Prep: 3DXTech Polyimide Tape, ABS / Acetone Slurry

Enclosure: Although not 100% necessary, we recommend using a printer with an enclosure to help keep some heat in while printing with PC/ABS

Support: Our HIPS support works great to create complex parts. Our HIPS support can be foundHERE.

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et 30 grammes chacune de filament de plastiquecompatibles avec lensemble des stylos 3D ( part le 3Doodler et le 3D Simo Basic).

Grâce ce pack vous pourrez profiter de votre stylo 3D et exprimer votre crativit. Il contient assez de filament pour utiliser le stylo 3D pendant plus dune dizaine dheures !

Catgories :FilamentFilament 3D Curve & 3D LumiFilament 3D Simo

Composition des packs de filaments 3D Curve, 3D Lumi, 3D Simo Mini & 3D Polis :

Chaque pack contient 6 cartouches de filaments.

• Pack :1 cartouche rouge, 1 cartouche jaune, 1 cartouche verte, 1 cartouche noire, 1 cartouche blanche, 1 cartouche marron

La compatibilit du stylo 3D et du filament dpend essentiellement du diamtre du filament, il est donc important de bien vrifier que les cartouches que vous voulez acheter sont compatibles avec votre stylo. Ce pack est compos de cartouches de 1,75mm de diamtre, il est donc compatible avec : le3D Curve, le3D Lumi, le 3D Simo Mini et le 3D Polis.

LABS ou acrylonitrile butadine styrne est un plastique trs rpandu pour la fabrication dobjet du quotidien tel que les cafetires, les jouets, les portables En effet il possde dexcellentes proprits: rsistance au choc, haute rigidit, lgret, rsistance aux diffrences de temprature, il est aussi lisse et brillant. Adapt aussi bien aux travaux dimpression 3D que de dessin 3D. Il refroidit instantanment la sortie du stylo 3D ce qui le place en pôle position des plastiques les plusadapts pour limpression 3D.

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Some of the filaments throughout this GlobalFSD shop may be made up primarily of ABS polymer, that is why you will see it in this main section. It will also appear in other categories.

A 5 or 10 Metre sample of 3DXSTAT™ ESD ABS by 3DXTech. Carbon Nanotube (CNT) enhanced compounds are used in critical applications that require electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection and a high level of cleanliness. A superior conductive filament that raises the 3D Filament bar to yet another level.

A new ABS filament on the 3D printing filament marketplace, named ABS X, manufactured in the Netherlands. Very low odour and Zero Warping.

5 & 10 Metre samples of ABSPro™ Black by FormFutura the new halogen free self-extinguishing filament.

ClearScent ABS™ by FormFutura Clear Only (not Blue)

5 & 10 Metre samples of ClearScent ABS™ by FormFutura ClearScent™ ABS is an almost odourless ABS filament with a very high transparency, as it lets 90% of visible light pass through its fiber. This unique high transparency rate for modified ABS type of 3D printer filaments allows that ClearScent™ ABS can also be coloured in beautiful semi-transparent colours.

Glow in The Dark ABS by Reprapper Tech Co Ltd

5 & 10 Metre samples of Reprapper Tech Ltd ABS Glow in the Dark Filament. Glow in the Dark filament, does exactly that, place it in the dark and watch it glow!

A 5 Metre sample of Graphite Infused ABS by Filabot This filament is made with an ABS base and infused with 5% graphite powder, resulting in a very smooth and lower friction part. This filament works great for parts that slide, or rub, against other surfaces. Filament prints like normal ABS with no changes needing to be made to the printer or hot bed. Description taken from the manufacturers website.

100gms of High Density specialised printer filament by Turner Medtech

100gms of High Density Tungsten printer filament by Turner Medtech

5 & 10 Metre samples of ABS Thermochanging Filament. At a low temperature the filament is one colour and as the temperature increases the filament turns a different colour. When the filament temperature cools it goes back to its original tone. However, just holding it in your warm hand can change the colour again. Here we have; Blue Green to Yellow Green – Grey to White – Purple to Pink available in 1.75mm & 3mm.

Ultra Violet Reactive ABS by Reprapper Tech Ltd

5 & 10 Metre samples of ABS Ultra Violet Reactive Filament. This filament changes colour almost instantly when exposed to UV light, especially when in direct sunlight. The colour changes back to white within just a few seconds.

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3D Printing Filament Guide 2017 ABS vs PLA vs many materials

The next wave in the prosumer FFF 3D printing evolution isnt about 3D printers, its about theplastic filamentused to make 3D prints. This is a comprehensive list of available filament, plus a guide with tips on how to choose the right filament for your next creative project.

While a new prosumer 3D Printer enters the market almost every day and the printing techniques is still advancing with each generation, most are actually perfecting existing concepts, especially with Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D Printers (also known as FDM printers). Theyre getting better at printing more accurately at higher speeds, but the increments are getting smaller. This is not because the technique has reached ittechnicallimits, but itschemicallimits. The problem that withholds FFF printers to get a lot faster is that after Fusing the Filament to its molten state and extruding it accurately, it has to be cooled down to get solid again. Most new FFF Printers have active coolers to help with this, but theres a limit to how hard you can blow air onto something before it will deform instead of coolor sound like a jet engine.

When youve accepted that 3D Printing takes time, you can open your eyes to getting creative with different kinds of filament. And thats where innovations are going a lot faster right now! In this post I will write about the many special kinds of 3D Printing Filament that are on the market today. Some require a 3D printer with special features to print well, but many actually work well in almost every FFF printer, maybe even yours!

Before I go into special filaments, lets take a look at the two most-used ones: ABS and PLA. Youve probably heard of both of them and you might also know that you printer is designed to print with both of them or just one of the two. What are the differences between these thermoplastics?

ABSis short forAcrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene.Its iswidely availableand has been a very popular plastic in the development of prosumer 3D printing from the start. It melts consistently at around 225 degrees Celsius, which can easily be achieved with small and home-safe electronics.  It is relatively strong, a little flexible and has a relatively high glass transition temperature of around 100 degrees. Thats the temperature above which a plastic goes from its solid state to a pliable state where it can loose its shape. These characteristics mean ABS is very suitable to 3D Print functional parts, like spare parts for machines or objects that are exposed to high temperatures like sunlight or hot water.

ABS is dissolvable in acetone and this characteristic is sometimes used to smooth the surface of a 3D Print. Sanding an ABS print and then wiping it with acetone will dissolve the outer layer, essentially smoothing it by reducing the visibility of layers in the print. To fully take advantage of this you smooth prints with acetonevapora technique deserves the dont try this at home warning, but gives otherwise matte ABS prints a very glossy finish.

The downsides of ABS are the smell it produces while being heatedwhich is neither nice nor healthy to live or work around and the fact that it expands and shrinks in the process of being heated and cooled down again. The shrinkage in particular is a problem for 3D printing, because it causes 3D prints to curl up while cooling too quickly, which is called warping. To counter this, ABS has to be printed on a heated build plateand preferably in an enclosed, heated build chamberso it stays warm during printing and can cool down slowly when printing is done.

A heated build plate and chamber usually increase the price of a 3D printer and it uses considerably more electricity. So while ABS also comes in green, mostbut not all (see below)kinds of ABS far from it in terms of health and climate awareness.

Enviro ABSwas created to bridge the gap between the printing performance of ABS, and the environmental friendliness of PLA. As the first biodegradable ABS on the market, Enviro reduces the environmental impact of 3D printing with ABS, while providing the highest quality materials and extrusion processes available.

PLAorPolylactic Acidis a completely different kind of thermoplastic. Its being made from corn starch or sugar cane and is biodegradable, so its more environmentally-friendly than ABS. It melts can melt at a lower temperature between 190 and 210 degrees and doesnt smell bad when it does. In fact many people like the smell of hot PLA. Ive even read that people refer to it as the smell of wafflesbut they probably have never been to Belgium.

Because PLA flows a little better than ABS, you can print more detailed objects with it at higher speeds. Its especially good at producing sharp corners. It also is a lot less prune to warping, so you wont necessarily need a heated print bed to print PLA. However, if you want to print objects with a large flat bottom surface without the edges warping a bit, a little bit of heat (around 60 degrees) from the bed can counter this. PLA prints have a relatively glossy surface compared to ABS, but the amount of gloss depends on the vendor, color and print temperature.

Unlike ABS, PLA isnt dissolvable in acetone. It can be dissolved in Sodium Hydroxide. Thats whats in drain cleaner and if youve ever used that you know thats dangerous stuff to say the least. Some people use PLA as dissolvable supports for ABS prints on dual extrusion printers, but I would advice to only use Sodium Hydroxide when you have a nozzle thats clogged by PLA. And even then you should very carefully choose a container for this, since Sodium Hydroxide can also dissolve some types of glass. If that scares you: just buy a new nozzle!

The optional heated bed has to be set around 60 degrees, because this is the glass transition temperature of PLA. This means that it gets pliable above that, which means its not very suitable for objects that get exposed to high temperatures. Its also fairly brittle, so you wouldnt want to use it for functional parts that have to last a while.

PLA is alsoavailable widelyand is simply easier to print with than ABS, so the conclusion is that PLA is currently the best standard material voor home and office 3D Printing of decorative objects. Although recently introduced Next Gen filaments are trying to take PLAs place. More about those at the bottom of this post.

Because PLA is used a lot for decorative purposes, its offered in a lot of different colors. But also with special effects. Here are a few:

Charge it with a light source, switch of the lights et voila: your print lights up at night!

I printed this Glow-in-the-Dark Super Mario Boo for my Leapfrog Creatr Review. Its available from many suppliers and in different colors as well, including blue and pink. I usedColorFabb GlowFillfor the print above.

ABS is generally available in less colors than PLA, but I found one that might interesting.

As you might have read in myBuilder Dual Feed Review, different colors of PLA can be mixed to create new colors and even gradients. But PLA can also be mixed with pretty mucheverything!Some blends change its appearance and other change its characteristics. Lets check them out!

Earlier I mentioned that while PLA is the easiest material for 3D Printing, its also very brittle. Dutch Filament manufacturer Colorfabb improved on this and developed itsown unique blend of PLA/PHAwhich results in a tougher and less brittle PLA 3d printing filament. PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) is like PLA a bio-polyester, so the blend is still 100% biodegradeable.

Contains of wood fibers. When printing your studio will actually smell like a wood workshop! Theyre available from different manufacturers and they differ in color and wood source.

Helicopter printed by 3D Magic withwoodFill from ColorFabbwhich contains Pine Wood and is quite light.

Laywoo-D3 (Laywood) contains Cherry Wood and is a little darker than woodFill.

Easywood Coconut contains 40% grinded coconut fibres and is obviously quite dark.

Contains 20% of bamboo fibers. Other than most wood-filament (except Laywoo-D3), bamboo filament prints brighter or darker depending on the temperature. By varying at different stages in the print which can be done with software likeSimplify3D you can create interesting effects. Below are some prints I made for withColorFabb BambooFillReview)

Contains milled chalk fragments and makes your prints look like sandstone.

Because this filament contains actual bronze particles, it can be polished. But it will also corrode like a bronze statue! I made the 3D Print below withColorFabb bronzeFillReview). The image below is a 3D print I made after polishing, a salt and vinegar treatment plus a few weeks in my garden:

Stainless Steel PLA is of course the best material to 3D Print the famous Terminator Skull. Proto Pasta manufactures a greatPolishable Stainless Steel PLA.

The great thing about Iron is that its magnetic! Below is an unpolished print I made withProto Pasta Magnetic Iron. On top is a small White Board Magnet.

There arent a lot of special kinds of ABS, but Smart ABS (also known als Pro ABS) is said to offer better layer bonding and 30% less warping-causing shrinkage. Because ABS is mainly used for functional parts, Smart ABS doesnt come in a lot of colors.

When it comes to flexibility, this material sits somewhere in the middle between ABS and Flexible Filament (more on that later). Bendlay, as its called, seems to be a modified ABS thats both clear and very bendable. Its said to be 200% more bendable than than ABS and doesnt generate white stretch marks while bending.

PET (also known as PolyEthylene Terephthalate). In its original state is a colorless and crystal clear material, but its also available in many colors. PET is a fairly stiff and very lightweight material, which is very strong and impact-resistant. My personal favorite material for everyday 3D prints isInnoPET, because its just as easy to print with as PLA, but is a lot stronger. I designed and printed this door hook extender which is still intact after more than a year:

Poly (ethylene-co-trimethylene terephthalate), or PETT, is a PET copolymer. A well-known example isTaulman T-Glase. Its printed at a higher temperature and delivers exceptionally strong prints.

PETGis short for poly (ethylen Terephthalateco-1, 4-cylclohexylenedimethylene terephthalate) and is also a PET copolymer. It claims to have the strength of ABS, while printing as easy as PLA.

When a 3D print requires to be very strong, Nylon is a good option. It usually prints in white and is available in different formulas. Taulman, for instance, makesNylon 618Nylon 645andBridge Nylon, which apparently has great bridging capabilities. Nylons print at a relatively high temperature (245 250 degrees Celsius) but contrary to what you might think print odorless.

ColorFabb XTis a polymer is specifically designed for 3D printing: its tough, prints odorless, BPA free and FDA food-contact compliant. Its available a crystal clear neutral version and an increasing amount of colors, like thisorange colorwhich I used to print an ultra-strong beer bottle carrier:

ColorFabb also producedXT-CF20 a blend of XT and 20% Carbon Fibers which makes it strong, flexible and gives a nice matte finish when printed.

Flexible filament goes beyond bending. Its more like rubber. When it comes to Flexible Filament, its all about finding a balance between flexibility (softness) and printability. This softness is sometimes indicated with aShore value(like 85A or 60D) Higher Shore value means less flexibility. The above list describes increasing hardness. Harder filaments (less flexible) are easier to 3D print with compared to softer, more flexible filaments. Generally speaking, 3D printers with Direct Drive extruders can print softer materials better than those with Bowden Extruders. As with other materials, consult your manufacturer which flexible filament works best.

Below is a Video Demonstration of a 3D print I made withGreen Flexible Filament:

Here are a few different kinds of Flexible Filament:

Thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) sometimes referred to as thermoplastic rubber is

flexible plastic. A lot of printers have difficulties printing with it, because of its softness which can result in extruder jams. A popular brand of TPE Filament is

Also known as Soft PLA, this is a modified, softer PLA plastic which is a generally stiffer than TPE. Its available as Flex EcoPLA and other brands.

TPU stands for thermoplastic polyurethane, and has many useful properties, including elasticity, transparency, and resistance to oil, grease and abrasion.

I added this one aftera comment.FPE (Flexibel PolyEster) is often compared with Soft-PLA, but FPE has much higher thermal resistance (glass transition temperature of 95 C).

Dissolvable filaments are generally used to print support structures with dual extruder printers.

PVA(Polyvinyl acetate) is a component of a widely used glue type, like glue sticks or wood glue. It is dissolvable in water, which makes it very safe to experiment with. Its typically used as support material for PLA 3D Prints. While I was experimenting with it on the Leapfrog Creatr I discovered that it can be hard to print with, because it doesnt stick very to build plates very well. Be sure to dont print PVA too hot, because it can turn into tar and jam your extruder.

Dissolving PVA is as easy as putting your print in a glass of water for a while, like in this example from 3Dee. PVA is widely available from different brands.

High Impact Polystyrene is dissolvable in Limonene, which is a quite strong chemical. Its generally used to print support structures for ABS prints. Itswidely available.

This line of filament consists of foamy, felty filaments with a porous structure. With this filament you can build porous flexible objects.

This material is made from a rubber-elastomeric polymer and a PVA-component. That means that part of this filament is water soluble. Once you rinse this material in water, the PVA component dissolves and the rubber polymer remains as your micro-porous object. Its available asPorolay Gel-lay.

Fels like soft rubber with holes and is therefore ideal for printing soft rubber-like objects, such as bendable suits and sponge-like objects, ink-reservoirs, bio-cells, micro-foam and elastics. Available asLay-fomm 40andLay-fomm 60.

While ABS and PLA are still the most popular types of filament for everyday use, filament manufacturers are trying to come up with next-gen alternatives that aim to be the best of both worldsbeing as strong as ABS with the printability of PLA. Here are a few brands to consider.

nGenwith Eastman Amphora™ AM3300 3D polymer, it has a melting temperature of 220-240 degrees Celsius so it can be printed on most 3D printers. At 85 degrees Celsius, it has a higher glass transition temperature than PLA. A heated bed of 75 85 degrees Celsius is advised, although it can be printed on a cold bed with a layer of BuildTak or 3DLac. nGens main USP seems to be its stability, ensuring a steady flow through the extruder.

Also made with  Eastman Amphora™ 3D Polymerbut a different kind: AM1800Taulman N-Vents USP is its FDA-approval for food contact. Its printing temperature range is rather narrow between 250 255 degrees Celsius, but it promises to be as strong as ABS, but more dimensionally stable (less warping). It needs a heated around 70 80 degrees Celsius.

As I wrote in the PET-section, I like printing with InnoPET instead of PLA. Manufacturer Innofil3D recently released a new version calledEPR InnoPETand positions it between ABS and PLA. Its temperature range is wide between 210 230 degrees Celsius. It can be used without a heated bed (with painters tape for better adhesion), making it compatible with many PLA-only 3D Printers. It can be printed faster than PLA and is better for printing watertight objects.

EPS InnoPET is available in 10 colors.

After reading the above it becomes clear that there are is a list of characteristics to consider when choosing filament and that ABS and PLA offer quite the opposite. There are a few more things to mind when choosing filament, so heres an overview:

The melting temperature of the plastic, so you know if your extruder can reach this temperature.

The glass temperature of the plastic, so you know if its suitable for the ambient temperature of your purpose.

The printing environment, so you can determine if the smell and chemical fumes are a problem.

The requirements for a heated bed to prevent warping.

The stiffness or flexibility of the plastic, so you know what forces it can withstand.

The advised print speed of the filament: some have to be printed extremely slow for good results.

The possibilities of finishing prints. Some materials can be sanded, polished, vapor-smoothed, painted or finished otherwise to get interesting results, some dont.

The availability of the color you require: ABS and PLA are available in almost every color, but other plastics that Ill cover next might have a more limited range. Some materials even offer special effects, like glitters, glow-in-the-dark or color changes by heat or light.

The compatibility between a material and your 3D Printer and Extruder Type. Read both your printers manual and warranty conditions before experimenting with materials. Some materials can seriously damage certain extruders and because of this printer manufacturers wont even allow the use of different filament brands other then those theyre selling. Whats also important is to check which filament diameter your printer supports: most printers use 1.75 mm filament but some (like the Ultimakers) use 2.85 mm filament, which is sometimes referred to as 3 mm.

The size of the spool. Every printer has its own way of suspending the filament spool while printing and can usually accommodate a wide range of spool sizes. However, some vendors design their printers so they can only hold their own filament. MakerBot has done this with its latest 5th generation line of printers (which I reviewedhere) which can only hold their own very wide and flat spools. Some printers even use dedicated cartridges instead of spools, so you can only use their brand, comparable to 2D printers. There are also FFF 3D Printers in development that dont use spooled filament altogether, but instead use pelletized filament, but at this moment most used spools.

The price. More on that in the next paragraph.

the Differences between Premium and Non-Premium

You can imagine that special kinds of filament are more expensive than regular ones. And even that filament with special colors or effects come at a higher price. But when exploring what and where to buy youre filament, youll quickly discover that prices of standard-colored filament lets say Red PLA can range between €10 and €50 per kg. Some part of that is pure marketing: theyre more expensive because you also pay for the brand, like you do with clothing. But another part is quality: really cheap filament is sometimes made from less quality source material and is usually less well checked for consistency.

Premium filament usually (not always!) costs between €25 and €50 per kilogram, but comes from better suppliers that offer better quality checking in the production process. The most important factor in this is the filament diameter. If a 3D printer is designed for 1.75 mm filament, it needs to be very close to that measurement: too wide filament could jam the extruder and too narrow filament could lead to extruder gears losing grip and extruding inconstantly, resulting in lower-quality prints.

In the current market its hard to say for sure which filaments are premium, but those that are usually have their own brand name or are certified by 3D printer manufacturers and are made by a traceable manufacturer that supplies all kind of characteristics of the plastic on their website.

I wont go into the pricing of the filaments Ill cover below, because they may vary over time and can depend on your currency and location. Just make sure that when you check the weight when you compare prices: spools usually contain either 0.75 kg or 1 kg of filament, but MakerBots Large Spools for instance, contain 0.9 kg. You might also find very big spools of 2+ kg, but keep in mind that they could be either to large for your spool holder, or too heavy for your extruder motor to unroll. Very big spools can best be put on a separate spool holder with some kind of bearing system. You can easily 3D print one yourself by downloading one of the many custom spool holder models on Thingiverse.

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