Polylactic Acid or Polylactide (PLA) is a biodegradable and bioactive thermoplastic aliphatic polyester derived from renewable resources, such as corn starch (in the United States and Canada), tapioca roots, chips or starch (mostly in Asia), or sugarcane (in the rest of the world). In 2010, PLA had the second highest consumption volume of any bioplastic of the world.
ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) is a very strong and versatile material with great thermal resistance. It is the best material for printing mechanical parts. For example ABS is the material used to make LEGO.
Compared to ABS, the ABS-T is a bit more shiny and have better endurance. It’s also easier to print with ABS-T.
Special PETG/CF is an improved CF reinforced 3D printing filament vs. the competition. This filament is ideal for anyone that desires a structrual component with a excellent surface quality, dimensional stability, light weight, and ease of printing. CFJet PETG-CF is suitable for use in practically any desktop 3D Printer that has a heated bed. Please note - carbon fiber reinforced filaments are abrasive and can wear out a brass or aluminum nozzle. We recommend our a Hardened Steel Nozzles
Nylon Filament is an incredibly strong, durable, and versatile 3D printing material. Flexible when thin, but with very high inter-layer adhesion, nylon lends itself well to things like living hinges and other functional parts. Its low friction coefficient and high melting temperature make it an excellent choice for things like 3D printed gears.
HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene) is very similar to ABS. The primary difference is that HIPS uses Limonene as a solvent. This means that you can use HIPS as a support material which can then easily be dissolved by placing your print in Limonene.is a dissolve-able filament that is frequently used as support material. It acts as a great support material because it is easily removed with Limonene solution, leaving the clean high-quality print that you want behind.
As the name implies, thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) are essentially plastics with rubber-like qualities, making them extremely flexible and durable. As such, TPE is commonly found in automotive parts, household appliances, and medical supplies.
The difference between TPE32 and TPE88 is in their hardness. TPE88A is more softer than TPE32D. It is because of Shorea Scale – TPE88A is more softer than TPE32D (A scale is different than D scale).
In reality, TPE is a broad class of copolymers (and polymer mixtures), but it is nonetheless used to label many commercially available 3D printer filaments. Soft and stretchable, these filaments can withstand punishment that neither ABS nor PLA can tolerate. On the other hand, printing is not always easy, as TPE can be difficult to extrude.
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