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3D Printing Materials Guide

by Grace Chen 09 Apr 2019

There are so many materials you can choose from when it comes to 3D printing that it’s often tough to decide on the right one. But do not fear! les3dprinter’s Materials Guide is here! Our easy-to-read guide will help you select the perfect material based on a few important factors, like type, minimum thickness, texture and the all-important cost. Whether you’re looking to 3D print a prototype or a unique 3D gift, our Materials Guide will help guide you through the process!

 1. NYLON: (Polyamide)

  • Also called White, strong & flexible / Durable plastic / White plastic
  • Strong and flexible plastic
  • 1mm minimum wall thickness
  • Naturally white, but you can get it colored
  • About 10 layers per 1mm
  • Made from powder
  • Alumide = Polyamide + Aluminum
  • Interlocking, moving parts possible (chain) 

2. ABS: (Home printers)

  • Strong plastic like legos are
  • Made from spaghetti like filament
  • Many color options
  • About 3 layers per 1mm
  • 1mm minimum wall thickness 

3. RESIN: (Multiple options)

  • Also called White-, Black-, Transparent detail / White detail resin / High detail-, Transparent-, Paintable Resin
  • Rigid and a bit delicate
  • Liquid Photopolymer cured with UV light
  • White, black & transparent most typical colors
  • About 10 layers per 1mm
  • 1mm minimum wall thickness 

4. STAINLESS STEEL:

  • Very strong material
  • Made with multiple steps or from powder directly
  • Coloring options like gold and bronze plating
  • About 6 layers per 1mm
  • 3mm minimum wall thickness 

5. GOLD & SILVER:

  • Strong materials
  • Made from wax and then casted
  • About 10 layers per 1mm
  • 5mm minimum wall thickness 

6. TITANIUM:

  • Strongest material
  • Direct metal laser sintering
  • About 30 layers per 1mm
  • 2mm minimum wall thickness 

7. CERAMIC:

  • Rigid & delicate
  • First ceramic is printed then surface is glazed
  • Ceramic white, glaze typically white
  • About 6 layers per 1mm
  • 3mm minimum wall thickness 

8. GYPSUM:

  • Also called Sandstone / Rainbow ceramics / Multicolor
  • Rigid & delicateMade from powder
  • Naturally white, but you can get it with colors
  • About 10 layers per 1mm
  • 2mm minimum wall thickness

 

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