3D Printing Materials Database is the catalog of filaments and light-curing resins used in additive manufacturing. You will find detailed informations on several materials, their properties and selected technical parameters. 3D Printing Center is using the following materials in production of ordered parts, as well as sells them to end customers for their own use.

The materials have been divided according to manufacturing technologies – first the filaments used in FDM / FFF 3D printing method, followed by light-curing resins used in the SLA and UV LCD methods. The database contain general characteristics of the material, its manufacturer and have a technical sheet for download. In selected cases, it is possible to go to the online store and purchase the material.

Filaments for FFF/FDM technology

1. PLA

One of the most popular materials for 3D printing in FDM / FFF technology. PLA is biodegradable and is produced from natural ingredients such as corn starch and sugar cane, which is why it has earned the name of green plastic. The material does not emit harmful vapors during the 3D printing process as other thermoplastics.

Its characteristics are:
  • ideal for demonstration prints, prototypes – also in large sizes,
  • low material shrinkage
  • good durability (but lower than in the case of ABS),
  • deformation under the influence of high temperatures (above 60Β°C), however engineering grade PLA can resist higher temperatures
  • limited flexibility,
  • insoluble.
3D PRINTING PARAMETERS:
  • 3D printing temperature: 180-230Β°C
  • heated bed recommended but not necessary.
ManufacturerNameIndustrial gradeData sheetBuy
Easy PLA1/5πŸ“„β†· [PL]
πŸ“„β†· [EN]
πŸ›’
Impact PLA3/5πŸ“„β†· [PL]
πŸ“„β†· [EN]
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Tough PLA3/5πŸ“„β†· [EN]

2. ABS

ABS is one of the most popular materials used for 3D printing in FDM / FF technology due to its durability at a relatively low cost. Material serves, among others, for the production of all kinds of housings, buttons, handles and others. ABS is characterized by high hardness, impact and abrasion resistance and good tolerance of high temperatures. However, it is not UV resistant, crumbling after prolonged exposure to sunlight.

Its characteristics are:
  • high strength,
  • works great in preparing moving parts,
  • better temperature resistance and flexibility than PLA,
  • soluble in acetone,
  • problematic during 3D printing process – high material shrinkage.
3D PRINTING PARAMETERS:
  • 3D printing temperature: 240-260Β°C
  • recommended heated bed: 80-100Β°C.
ManufacturerNameIndustrial gradeData sheetBuy
ABS Plus3/5πŸ“„β†· [PL]
πŸ“„β†· [EN]
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ESD ABS5/5πŸ“„β†· [PL]
πŸ“„β†· [EN]
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Z-ULTRAT5/5πŸ“„β†· [PL]
πŸ“„β†· [EN]
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3. ASA

ASA is a material distinguished by increased resistance to UV radiation and changing weather conditions. The filament will work well in the production of parts intended for external exposure, which should be resistant to environmental influences. Elements made of ASA can be used, for example, in the automotive, energy and gas industries, agriculture and transport. They can also be used as the parts of external covers, casings, gardening equipment or car side mirrors housing.

ASA in terms of mechanical properties is similar to ABS, but it can additionally be exposed to weather conditions, without fear of color loss or damage to the 3D model.

3D PRINTING PARAMETERS:
  • 3D printing temperature: 230-250Β°C
  • recommended heated bed: 80-100Β°C
ManufacturerNameIndustrial gradeData sheetBuy
ASA 2753/5
Z-ASA Pro3/5πŸ“„β†· [PL]
πŸ“„β†· [EN]
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4. PETG

PET-G combines the most desirable features of ABS and PLA. Thanks to the very good layer adhesion, it is more durable. The material can be sanded and holes can be drilled in it. It is very resistant to chemicals, including solvents, and relatively resistant to ultraviolet radiation and moisture. The maximum temperature in use for items made of PET-G is about 70Β°C – they may start to soften when exposed to higher temperatures. It is characterized by low shrinkage during 3D printing.

Its characteristics are:
  • good strength properties – resistant to impacts,
  • slight material shrinkage during 3D printing
  • insoluble,
3D PRINTING PARAMETERS:
  • 3D printing temperature: 230-250Β°C
  • recommended heated bed
  • additional adhesive for bed recommended.
ManufacturerNameIndustrial gradeData sheetBuy
Premium PETG3/5
PETG HT1004/5πŸ“„β†· [EN]

5. PP & FLEX

Flexible materials for 3D printing are becoming more and more popular, allowing the creation of functional 3D objects that combine flexible properties with optimal durability. These materials, apart from flexibility, are characterized by mechanical properties (strength, resistance to friction and elevated temperatures) that do not differ from standard filaments. When 3D printing, remember that flexible materials tend to be more demanding than standard filaments.

Among the applications of flexible materials, manufacturers mention:

  • elements created for the needs of the household,
  • 3D printed models for the needs of specialized industries
  • creating, among others electrical connectors, grips, seals, washers, plugs, robot parts and security.

PP (Polypropylene) is one of the most commonly used polymers in industry. Its high flexibility, incredible durability, low weight and resistance to chemicals have meant that it has found countless applications from medicine, through the automotive industry to the packaging industry.

3D PRINTING PARAMETERS:
  • 3D printing temperature: 240-260Β°C
  • recommended heated bed: 80-100Β°C
  • recommended additional adhesive.
ManufacturerNameIndustrial gradeData sheetBuy
PP4/5πŸ“„β†· [PL]
πŸ“„β†· [EN]
πŸ›’
Z-SEMIFLEX3/5πŸ“„β†· [EN]πŸ›’

6. PA6 & PA12 (Nylon)

Nylon, also known as polyamide, is a popular synthetic polymer with many applications (including fishing lines). A characteristic of nylon-based materials is high strength combined with chemical and thermal resistance. Additionally, these materials can be further processed. Nylon is suitable for creating highly loaded structural elements such as tools, hinges, clamps, gears, functional prototypes and mechanical parts

Its characteristics are:
  • light and durable,
  • good surface finish quality,
  • flexible and abrasion resistant,
  • suitable for the production of details that withstand mechanical loads well (e.g. gears, bearings),
  • insoluble.

It should be remembered that Nylon willingly absorbs moisture from the air and requires the use of special storage and working conditions (filament dryers or closed chambers in a 3D printer).

3D PRINTING PARAMETERS
  • 3D printing temperature: 260-290Β°C
  • recommended heated bed
  • recommended additional adhesive
  • recommended air filter in the 3D printer
  • recommended device for drying the material before and during 3D printing.
ManufacturerNameIndustrial gradeData sheetBuy
Nylon PA125/5πŸ“„β†· [PL]
πŸ“„β†· [EN]
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Z-NYLON5/5πŸ“„β†· [PL]
πŸ“„β†· [EN]
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7. Heavy Duty

Heavy Duty materials are filaments with exceptionally high physical and chemical properties. They are composite thermoplastics, the chemical base of which is additionally reinforced with other materials, making them truly indestructible.

The examples of such materials are:

  • PA6 CF15 – polyamide doped with 15% carbon fiber, which makes it hard and extremely resistant to high temperatures (even 180Β°C in short-term operation!)
  • PA6 GK10 – polyamide doped with 10% glass balls, which makes it very resistant to abrasion
  • PCABS – ABS doped with polycarbonate, which makes it extremely hard and resistant to damage.
ManufacturerNameIndustrial gradeData sheetBuy
PA6 CF155++
PA6 GK105++
Z-PCABS5++πŸ“„β†· [PL]
πŸ“„β†· [EN]
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Resins for SLA technology

The SLA technology uses a laser beam, which photopolymerizes the 3D printed details in an extremely precise way. SLA is one of the most accurate additive methods on the market.

ManufacturerNameIndustrial gradeData sheetBuy
STANDARD2/5πŸ“„β†· [EN]πŸ›’
TOUGH 20005/5πŸ“„β†· [EN]πŸ›’
DURABLE4/5πŸ“„β†· [EN]πŸ›’
FLEXIBLE3/5πŸ“„β†· [EN]πŸ›’
HIGH TEMP5/5πŸ“„β†· [EN]πŸ›’
RIGID5/5πŸ“„β†· [EN]πŸ›’

Resins for UV LCD technology

The UV LCD technology uses LCD screens with appropriate UV backlight for the photopolymerization of resins. Its advantage is that it 3D prints the entire layer of a single detail at once or several separate details simultaneously. It is a faster method than SLA, but it is not that precise and accurate (the laser beam has a higher photopolymerization accuracy than the light emitted by the LCD screen).

ManufacturerNameIndustrial gradeData sheetBuy
BASIC1/5πŸ“„β†· [EN]πŸ›’
FLEXIBLE2/5

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