3D Printing Materials

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  • This page covers various 3D Materials and information about them like saftey concerns, handling concerns, 3D Printer Compatibility/Requirements, as well as techniques useful for making each material work to the best ofits ability

FDM Plastics

  • PEF - new cellulose derived bioplastic - PEF
  • PP - Can get excellent results - here's how - [1]. Otherwise, difficult to print, can't stick to anything but itself or polyethylene. PP packing tape works. Adhesive - [2].
  • PLA - is cheap, and works with almost all FDM 3D Printers. Also doesn't need a heated build chamber
  • ABS - Requires a heated build chamber to get very consistent parts, but has higher strength and temperature resistance than PLA
  • Nylon -
  • PPSU - polyphenylsulfone - this is what plastic PEX fittings are made of. Working temperature of up to 180F. Filament is $160/kg - [3]. $30/kg at Alibaba - [4]
  • PVC - toxic fumes like ABS, but can be 3D printed - [5]
  • PET - The material most plastic bottles are made of, the choice material of Digital Blacksmiths, and their devices
  • Composite - Is either carbon fiber or fiberglass fragments mixed into another plastic. They have the highest strength, but also are high cost. Long term use of these can also wear out your nozzle unless you use a ruby nozzle (Hardened nozzles help, but they still wear out)

SLA Resins

SLS/SLM Plastics

SLS/SLM Metals

Wire Feed EBM Metals



Wire Feed EBM Glass

SLA Glass Resins



  • Metal Composite Plastic FDM Filament
  • Wood Composite Plastic FDm Filament