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!

Whether you’re looking to 3D print a prototype or a graduation project mock-up, I will help guide you through the process!

NYLON: Polyamide (nylon material and its variants: glass filled polyamide, carbon filled, alumide)

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)

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

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

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

GOLD & SILVER:

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

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

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

If you have access to some “home printer”, PLA and ABS are also the most affordable options. Nylon probably would be otherwise fine, but it’s made from powder. When product is made from powder, it will loose some tiny powder pieces when used. Ceramic is the only food-safe material, but on the other hand not safe as a toy.

This material guide is just to get some basic understanding about the most used 3D printable materials. If you want to know which material to choose for a specified project, drop message to us, we will help guide you through the process!

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