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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      Description Price Printing Technology Printing Material Machine Specific Colour For Use With Weight Diameter Priced to Clear
      RS Stock No. 822-6483
      Mfr. Part No.55010
      BrandVerbatim
      £26.58
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      FDM ABS No Black - 1kg 1.75mm -
      RS Stock No. 822-6503
      Mfr. Part No.55015
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      £28.25
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      FDM ABS No Clear - 1kg 1.75mm -
      RS Stock No. 822-6459
      Mfr. Part No.55268
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      £28.25
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      FDM PLA No White - 1kg 1.75mm -
      RS Stock No. 874-4039
      Mfr. Part No.55500
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      £51.20
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      FDM PRIMALLOY No White - 500g 1.75mm -
      RS Stock No. 874-4032
      Mfr. Part No.55501
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      £58.33
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      FDM PRIMALLOY No White - 500g 2.85mm -
      RS Stock No. 822-6519
      Mfr. Part No.55277
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      £28.25
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      FDM PLA No White - 1kg 2.85mm -
      RS Stock No. 822-6471
      Mfr. Part No.55274
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      £28.25
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      FDM PLA No Clear - 1kg 1.75mm -
      RS Stock No. 822-6468
      Mfr. Part No.55269
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      £28.25
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      FDM PLA No Blue - 1kg 1.75mm -
      RS Stock No. 822-6461
      Mfr. Part No.55270
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      £28.25
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      FDM PLA No Red - 1kg 1.75mm -
      RS Stock No. 822-6506
      Mfr. Part No.55016
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      £28.25
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      FDM ABS No Grey - 1kg 1.75mm -
      RS Stock No. 822-6455
      Mfr. Part No.55267
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      £28.25
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      FDM PLA No Black - 1kg 1.75mm -
      RS Stock No. 822-6525
      Mfr. Part No.55263
      BrandVerbatim
      £24.92
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      FDM PLA No Green - 1kg 2.85mm -
      RS Stock No. 822-6531
      Mfr. Part No.55283
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      £24.92
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      FDM PLA No Grey - 1kg 2.85mm -
      RS Stock No. 822-6493
      Mfr. Part No.55014
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      £28.25
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      FDM ABS No Green - 1kg 1.75mm -
      RS Stock No. 822-6516
      Mfr. Part No.55279
      BrandVerbatim
      £28.25
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      FDM PLA No Red - 1kg 2.85mm -
      RS Stock No. 146-6708
      Mfr. Part No.55506
      BrandVerbatim
      £55.83
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      FDM PRIMALLOY No Black - 500g 1.75mm -
      RS Stock No. 146-6709
      Mfr. Part No.55507
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      £60.00
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      FDM PRIMALLOY No Black - 500g 2.85mm -
      RS Stock No. 146-6710
      Mfr. Part No.55018
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      £28.17
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      FDM ABS No Black - 1kg 2.85mm -
      RS Stock No. 146-6711
      Mfr. Part No.55017
      BrandVerbatim
      £31.67
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      FDM ABS No White - 1kg 2.85mm -
      RS Stock No. 146-6705
      Mfr. Part No.55902
      BrandVerbatim
      £105.50
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      FDM BVOH No White Dual extrusion 350g 2.85mm -