When the technology first became available, there were few materials used by 3D printers. Due to public demand, several new materials have emerged, and today’s users have many 3D printing plastic options. When you choose the supplies for your printer, there are a few things for you to consider.
You must decide what stresses and strains your objects will need to stand up to. Different 3D printing materials have different strengths and weaknesses, so using the wrong material for a specific application will lead to disappointment. Most of the time you will be choosing between Nylon, ABS and PLA, although there are composite materials that include plastic, but those tend to be used for very specific purposes. Nylon is strong and flexible, so it produces durable objects with good tensile properties. ABS is a very strong material, and it’s produced using a non-proprietary process, which is good from a price point of view and is why it’s so popular. PLA is a non-petrochemical alternative; it’s biodegradable, and it doesn’t produce harmful fumes when it’s heated, so it’s become very popular with the 3D printing UK community. However, it does have some issues with a low melting point, and it also tends to be a little brittle. All of these materials are a good choice for different projects, so having a clear idea before you start is the key. Often, for projects with no special material quality or temperature requirements, you can make the choice on the basis of personal preference and price.
If you need further assistance with regards to choosing the best 3D printing plastic, or you are ready to turn your idea into a solid plastic product, Microworkshops can assist. A leading 3D printing company based in London, Microworkshops has a considerable amount of experience in the industry. Find out more by visiting their website at http://microworkshops.co.uk/ or you can also call on +44 7944786606 if you have questions.