3D Printing Materials

Buying a 3D printer is the first step the next step is buying the correct filament, it's important to know the type of material to use and their qualities. There are many materials that you can print with all other different characteristics which can be defined to certain tasks. Filaments come in a range of colours and are usually placed on printer spools to be placed in or on 3D printers.

Frequently used 3D Printing Materials

The most frequently used filaments are plastics within FDM, SLA and SLS printing technologies. The fused deposition modelling (FDM) printing filaments are used the most within a range of environments.

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) is an extra-strong impact-resistant filament ideal for 3D printing of solid printed products. ABS filaments are used in FDM technologies, its the most affordable and accessible 3D printing technology. Due to the process stability and physical features of ABS, it is a widely used thermoplastic polymer in industry. The material is also very light and durable making ABS particularly suitable for tools, toys and all kinds of utensils. Printed at a slightly over-average temperature for ABS, this filament gives extra strong 3D print results.

Also known as Polylactic Acid (PLA), it's manufactured using renewable resources. An advantage of using PLA over ABS is its biodegradable qualities, however, it can deteriorate when in contact with water. PLA can be one of the easiest materials to print with but can have a tendency to shrink after being printed.

Polyethylene Terephythalate (PET) is used in today's environment within plastic bottles. PET main advantage is its food-safe properties, coupled with good chemical resistance. This material can be 100% recyclable and achieving the best printing results, print at 75-90ºC.

There are also other materials that can be used, Stereolithography materials (Epoxy Resins), Polycarbonate, HDPE, Metal filament, carbon fibre mix.

Typical Applications

3D printing can be used in a wide range of applications such as:

  • General printing
  • Hobbyist
  • Medical
  • Education
  • Prototyping
  • Jewellery
  • Architecture models
  • Aviation
  • Engineering

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      RS Stock No. 159-6350
      Mfr. Part No.1645
      BrandUltimaker
      £55.31
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      FDM CPE+ No White - 700g 2.85mm -
      RS Stock No. 159-6351
      Mfr. Part No.1641
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      £55.31
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      FDM PC No Black - 750g 2.85mm -
      RS Stock No. 159-6356
      Mfr. Part No.1334
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      £60.38
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      FDM TPU 95A No Blue - 750g 2.85mm -
      RS Stock No. 159-6352
      Mfr. Part No.1640
      BrandUltimaker
      £55.31
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      FDM PC No Transparent - 750g 2.85mm -
      RS Stock No. 134-8165
      Mfr. Part No.1630
      BrandUltimaker
      £43.14
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      FDM ABS No Grey - 750g 2.85mm -
      RS Stock No. 134-8176
      Mfr. Part No.1634
      BrandUltimaker
      £42.60
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      FDM CPE No Grey - 750g 2.85mm -
      RS Stock No. 159-6357
      Mfr. Part No.1731
      BrandUltimaker
      £60.38
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      FDM TPU 95A No Red - 750g 2.85mm -
      RS Stock No. 159-6353
      Mfr. Part No.1642
      BrandUltimaker
      £55.31
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      FDM PC No White - 750g 2.85mm -
      RS Stock No. 181-4123
      Mfr. Part No.1615
      BrandUltimaker
      £33.49
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      FDM PLA No Orange - 750g 2.85mm -
      RS Stock No. 134-8189
      Mfr. Part No.1618
      BrandUltimaker
      £36.00
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      FDM PLA No Red - 750g 2.85mm -
      RS Stock No. 134-8166
      Mfr. Part No.1627
      BrandUltimaker
      £43.14
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      FDM ABS No Green - 750g 2.85mm -
      RS Stock No. 134-8177
      Mfr. Part No.1638
      BrandUltimaker
      £42.60
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      FDM CPE No Green - 750g 2.85mm -
      RS Stock No. 159-6358
      Mfr. Part No.1755
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      £60.38
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      FDM TPU 95A No White - 750g 2.85mm -
      RS Stock No. 159-6354
      Mfr. Part No.1785
      BrandUltimaker
      £40.09
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      FDM PP No Natural - 500g 2.85mm -
      RS Stock No. 134-8163
      Mfr. Part No.1621
      BrandUltimaker
      £43.14
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      FDM ABS No Black - 750g 2.85mm -
      RS Stock No. 134-8174
      Mfr. Part No.1631
      BrandUltimaker
      £42.60
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      FDM CPE No Black - 750g 2.85mm -
      RS Stock No. 181-4124
      Mfr. Part No.1617
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      £33.49
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      FDM PLA No Magenta - 750g 2.85mm -
      RS Stock No. 134-8190
      Mfr. Part No.1612
      BrandUltimaker
      £32.40
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      FDM PLA No Silver - 750g 2.85mm -
      RS Stock No. 181-4126
      Mfr. Part No.202300
      BrandUltimaker
      £40.54
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      FDM Tough PLA No Black - 750g 2.85mm -
      RS Stock No. 134-8192
      Mfr. Part No.1613
      BrandUltimaker
      £34.20
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      FDM PLA No White - 750g 2.85mm -