3D Printing – Univers of Possibilities
Using a 3D printer opens the door to a universe of possibilities. There are many choices of filament feedstock for 3D printers.
Filaments for 3D printers: from everyday to truly creative
There is one universal need that connects the various applications of a 3D printer: filament. Of the many filament (filament) feedstock options for 3D printers, here we look at common “everyday printing” filaments such as PLA and PETG, as well as fancy types that allow you to print really creatively (also often referred to as “exotics“).
In addition to the common thermoplastics that include the usual types of 3D printer filament (such as the aforementioned PLA and PETG), 3D printer filament can or consists of nylon, polycarbonate, carbon fiber, polypropylene, and many others! There are even special composite materials that can conduct electricity or glow in the dark!
With this variety, it’s easier than ever to create functional, visually expressive, and high–performance prints from a variety of exciting plastics. With this in mind, we present our buyer’s guide for the 3D printer filament. Explore the four sections and you’ll find a total of 30 filament material categories:
– basic materials;
– exotics / for hobby / decorative;
– industrial high–temperature.
Basic filament types for 3D printer
The first category represents the six most commonly used 3D printer filament types in desktop 3D printing, popular for their ease of use and their physical properties.