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Among the wide range of 3D printing materials that our online 3D printing service offers, you might not know which one to choose for your application, or have a clear idea of the properties of each one. Of course, you can always refer to our material pages, technical specifications, etc.


1. Plastics

First, let’s start with the plastics, the most commonly used 3D printing materials according to the State of 3D Printing of 2016. Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technologies are mostly used to process plastic materials into 3D models. Relatively inexpensive, plastic still is the standard in 3D printing materials. The different materials properties in Plastics are:
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Polyamide (PA)

3D Printed polyamide properties:

Commonly known as Nylon, this polyamide material is very strong. It is light and the smaller the wall thickness is, the more flexible it gets, which means you can also bend it. Applying the technology of Selective Laser Sintering, Polyamide is appropriate to create complex and delicate geometries. This material is relatively inexpensive and one of the toughest plastic materials.

It produces a rugous and slightly porous surface, but can then be polished, varnished or smoothed . Our smoothing beautifier finish for white polyamide makes 3D Printed polyamide parts very close to injection molding parts. It is also available for white parts dyed in black.

This material is relatively inexpensive and one of the toughest plastic materials. Our online 3D Printing service offers several colors of PA powder available: white plastic, solid black, and solid gray and so on. It can also be dyed or painted.

3D Printed polyamide applications:

3D Printed polyamide can be used to manufacture goods on a large scale, as you can see with the example of the NightQuest headphones by Audioquest, partly 3D printed.

ABS plastic (Arcylonitrile Butadine Styrene)

3D Printed ABS properties:

Part of the thermoplastic polymers family, this material is primarily used as filaments in FDM or FFF 3D printers that use material extrusion for its manufacturing process. Its advantages are its lightness and impact strength. ABS plastic can resist to temperature up to 200°C (392°F). In certain cases, ABS is biocompatible.

3D Printed ABS applications:

As FDM doesn’t create parts as strong as more industrial 3D printing techniques like SLS, ABS is mostly used for prototypes, and aspect parts.

PLA (Polyactic Acid)

3D Printed PLA properties:

PLA is a fully biodegradable thermoplastic that uses cornstarch as its special raw material. Using the technology of FDM, this vegetable-based material is slightly more fragile and less durable than other 3D printing materials.

3D Printed PLA applications:

As it has limited durability, Polyactic Acid is mostly used to create decorative objects without mechanical constraints.

2. Resins

After plastics, resin is the most used material in 3D Printing particularly for the superior printing quality and maximum resolution which make resin is one of the excellent material for the professional applications. Resin materials use the multi technologies of SLA, Digital Light Processing (DLP), MultiJet or CLIP technologies to obtain fully creation of a 3D model.

High detail resins

Models that use this material are constructed from a photo polymeric liquid. This material is apt for models that require fine detailing and are small.

Paintable resin

Models that have been constructed using this material have a very smooth surface and are beautifully painted.

Transparent resin

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Models are made of hardened liquid so the material is very strong, hard, stiff and water resistant by nature. This makes it an ideal material for 3D models. This material is suitable for models that require a smooth surface along with a transparent look.