THE MOST POPULAR 3D PRINTING FILAMENT

When entering the 3D printing world, sooner or later you start thinking about 3D printing filament. It is intended to print with FFF 3D printers. There are many types of filaments, which have different properties. You have to choose your 3D printing filament according to your requirements, as not everyone is always suitable. It is also important that it can be delivered and available when you need it.

PLA 3D PRINTING FILAMENTTHE EASIEST TO USE

PLA is the most common 3D printing filament. It has the lowest requirements regarding the properties of a 3D printer, especially the extruder temperature and the build plate. It is also compatible with the widest range of 3D printers and is the cheapest and easiest to use. PLA is available in many different colors and often forms the basis for other special materials. It enables 3D printing of large objects, while you do not need a 3D printer with a heated build plate and a closed chamber, as the shrinkage rate is low.

PLA filament za 3D printanje
PLA filament za 3D printanje

The main disadvantage of PLA is that it is not as strong or durable as some of the other options. However, it is still the most popular choice for many 3D printing enthusiasts.

PLA printing skills:

Extruder temperature: 200 – 230°C
Heated build plate: Not required (if yes, 20-45°C)
Closed chamber: Not required (če da, 20-25°C)
Additional Requirement: Some special PLA filaments such as glow-in-dark filament, need an extruder with higher strength because fluorescent substances are added to it.

ABS 3D PRINTING FILAMENT– WITH EXCEPTIONAL PROPERTIES

ABS has excellent mechanical properties, as it is resistant to higher temperatures and UV light. It also has slightly fewer requirements regarding storage conditions. It is only important to avoid really extreme temperatures, humidity, and direct sunlight. If stored correctly, ABS filament should last for several months, maintaining its properties.

ABS filament za 3D printanje

In general, ABS is more durable, stronger, and tougher than PLA filament. It is also less likely to break under pressure. ABS 3D models printed can be exposed to moisture, higher outdoor temperatures, or UV rays for a longer time period, without affecting their mechanical properties. In addition, the post-processing of the ABS models is significantly easier.

ABS printing skills:

Extruder temperature: 230 – 260°C
Heated build plate: Required (90-95°C)
Closed chamber: Not required (if yes, approx. 30°C)
Additional Requirement:  Be aware of the stickiness of the plate to make sure the first layer of print is proper.

PETG 3D PRINTING FILAMENTPERFECT COMBO

PETG is a mixture of PLA and ABS filament. Despite the fact that it is not demanding to use, PETG is not the most popular among hobby users but is more often used in private studios and small productions. Compared to PLA and ABS filament, it has almost zero shrinkage, making it the most suitable for prototyping. PETG represents the ideal combination of strength and flexibility. It is also very resistant. Interesting fact – most bottles are made of PETG material.

PETG filament za 3D printanje

PETG printing skills:

Extruder temperature: 220 – 245°C
Heated build plate: Required (70-80°C)
Closed chamber: Not required (if yes, approx. 25°C)
Additional Requirement:  PETG is easier to absorb water in the air. The filament storage of PETG filament is an unignorable problem. Usually, we recommend to use the filament drier to properly keep the filament with a higher water-absorb rate. 

NOW YOU KNOW MORE ABOUT 3D PRINTING FILAMENTS, YOU JUST HAVE TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT ONE…

We have presented the three most common types of filament for 3D printing – PLA, ABS, and PETG. These 3D printing filaments can cover most of the daily needs of 3D printing enthusiasts. In addition to being easy to use, they are available in many colors, and the printed models are strong and have a solid structure. We definitely recommend that you use the original 3D printing filament and that you store it properly, as this is the only way it will retain all its original properties.

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