What filamenttype is it anyway?

What filamenttype is it anyway?

The world of 3D printing has evolved so hard that by now dozens of filament types exist. In this blog we are giving a short summary of the types of filaments that we offer to you in our webshop!

PLA (Polylactic Acid) is perfectly suited for prototyping. It is slightly less strong impact than ABS, but it prints more easily. On the long haul PLA is biodegradable.
Available brands:

-           ICE Filaments
-           ColorFabb
-           BotObjects
-           Ultimaker
-           Leapfrog
-           Builder
-           FormFutura
-           3Dsystems

ABS
(acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene) is the same kind of  plastic as lego. It is a recyclable material that has a strong impact density.
Available brands:

-           ICE Filaments
-           XYZprinting
-           Ultimaker
-           Leapfrog
-           FormFutura
-           3Dsystems

ABS+
has the same features as ABS, but it produces less smell and it has up to 80% less warping. ABS+ is almost as strong on impact as the regular ABS.
Available brands:

-           ICE Filaments

BronzeFill is a cross-over between PLA/PHA and fine bronzepowder. This makes the prints heavier and stronger than other PLA/PHA prints
Available brands:

-           ColorFabb

WoodFill
and laywoo-3D are wood typed filaments, that will look and smell like wood during and after being printed. It can be compared most to MDF.
Available brands:

-           ColorFabb
-           FormFutura

Laybrick is a sandstone like filament that suits perfectly for architectural prints. Both smooth and rough prints are possible, when using the right settings.
Available brands:

-           FormFutura

PVA (polyvinyl alcohol) is the best material if you are thinking about printing difficult prints. PVA is support material that solves in water.
Available brands:

-           ICE Filaments

Also, HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene) can be used as a support material. HIPS solves in D-Limonene, but it can also be used as main print material because of its transparency. Printed, HIPS has a soft silk look.
Available brands:

-           FormFutura

Just as HIPS, PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is a strong transparent plastic material. It is the same type of plastic most soda bottles are made of. PET cannot be used as support material.
Available brands:

-           FormFutura

To finish of our list, we also want to tell you something about our (highly) flexible materials. BendLay is one of those types of materials that is very strong and flexible.
Available brands:

-           FormFutura

The same can be said of Nylon. Nylon is a filament that we recommend to be printed by an advanced user of 3D printers. 
Available brands:

-           FormFutura

Unique in our gamma is FilaFlex. This extreme elastic filament can be stretched out up to 700%. No other filament in our gamma has that possibility.
Available brands:

-           Recreus


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