Is known as one of the 2 dominant thermoplastics together with ABS. It becomes soft and manageable when heated and solid when cooled. The process can be repeated multiple times and it still keeps its consistency. This consistency ability has made PLA one of the most used polymers.
PLA is created usually from plant products so it’s one of the “earth friendly” plastic composite. Some of its uses are food packaging, containers and other commercial needs. It is transparent but can be coloured in various degrees of opacity and translucency. PLA is stronger than ABS and the objects printed are usually brighter than ABS printed objects.
When a proper cooling system is used, PLA has higher maximum printing speeds, lower layer heights and sharper printed corners. Also it can be easily post-process for a smoother finish.
It is a strong plastic, not as flexible as PLA. It’s natural colour (before colorants are added) is milky beige. It’s usually used for professional applications or by engineers due to its high temperature resistance and flexibility.
ABS is strong and stable over time and can be used for manufacturing tools or production parts.
Nylon is a really strong, durable and adaptable 3D printing filament. It can be flexible in thin layers but has a high inter-layer adhesion. It can be used for functional parts. Due to high melting temperature and low friction coefficient it can be easily used for 3D printed gears.
Even though the material is highly though it has flexibility also which gives form and function to the Nylon 3D prints.
Composite Plastic (Wood, Brass, Copper, stainless Steel, Bronze, plastic)
These composite 3D filaments are combined thermoplastics with ingredients like wood, steel, bronze, copper or brass to create different materials with unique properties.
They have similar properties to PLA, same flexibility and durability adding the “wow” factor to the prints.
They have various uses from printing awards or accessories to toys, novelty items or even functional or mechanic parts.
Carbon Fibre Infused Plastic
This type of plastic is incredibly strong and stiff, with high chemical and temperature resistance but also really low weight. It is made of really thin carbon fibres (5-10 microns) with a higher strength-to-weight ratio than other materials. Carbon fibre plastic is really conductive and even stronger than steel but as lightweight as plastic.
It’s mostly used for drone parts, automobile part even in military and motorsports.
PC filament has high heat resistance, great layer to layer binding and has a great finish after printing requiring little post-processing.
Great for printing tools build to endure. It’s a really reliable material and most used from all industrial thermoplastics. Its high elastic and bending strength make it perfect for prototyping tools and accessories and patterns for metal bending,