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Materials Guide

A wide range of 3D printing plastic materials from thermoplastics for functional parts to high detail resins (thermosets) for visual prototypes.

Material

ABS

Nylon

PETG

ASA

Resin

Ultem1000

PC

Cost

10%
65%
20%
60%
95%
80%
75%

Detail

80%
80%
90%
70%
100%
90%
90%

Strength

40%
85%
53%
55%
10%
85%
90%

Stiffness

50%
50%
50%
50%
20%
85%
90%

Durability

80%
100%
80%
100%
40%
95%
95%

ABS

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)

One of the first 3D printing materials available on the market. This material is well-regarded for its toughness and impact resistance. 

Cost

1/5

Strength

2.5/5

Stiffness

2.5/5

Durability

4/5

PLA

Polylactic Acid (PLA)

The most commonly available 3D printing material on the market. Derived from crops it’s environmentally friendly as it is renewable and biodegradable. 

Cost

1/5

Strength

3.5/5

Stiffness

3.5/5

Durability

2/5

Nylon

Polyamide (Nylon)

Popular engineering grade 3D printing material known for its impact resistance, strength and flexibility. Also chemically resistant to diesel and petrol.

Cost

3/5

Strength

3.5/5

Stiffness

2.5/5

Durability

5/5

PC

Polycarbonate (PC)

Intended for tough environments & engineering applications Polycarbonate is known for strength, durability and its high heat deflection.

Cost

3/5

Strength

4/5

Stiffness

3/5

Durability

5/5

ASA

Acrylic Styrene Acrylonitrile (ASA)

Well known for its impact resistance and strength like its similar counterpart ABS. It’s highly UV stable due to an rubber additive in its formulation.

Cost

2/5

Strength

3.5/5

Stiffness

2.5/5

Durability

5/5

PEEK

Polyether Ether Ketone (PEEK)

Incredibly temperature and chemically resistant, PEEK is a specialist engineering material which is capable of operating in tough environments.

Cost

5/5

Strength

5/5

Stiffness

4.5/5

Durability

5/5

TPU

Thermoplastics Polyurethane (TPU) 

One of the few flexible 3D printing materials available on the market today. Useful for parts that require an elastic / rubber feel (tyres for example).

Cost

3/5

Strength

2/5

Stiffness

0.5/5

Durability

4.5/5

PEI

Polyethermide (PEI / ULTEM)

Well known for its exceptional heat, chemical and flame resistance properties. Similar to PEEK it performs well in high performance applications.

Cost

4/5

Strength

4.5/5

Stiffness

4/5

Durability

5/5

Resin

Acrylate Monomer

Produces highly detailed parts with smooth, injection mould-like surface finishes. Excellent for lost casting processes such as for jewellery.

Cost

3.5/5

Strength

1/5

Stiffness

4.5/5

Durability

0.5/5
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