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Understanding Filaments

Wondering which filaments to use? This blog has you covered!

What are filaments?

3D printer filament is one of the most essential 3D printing aspects to know about, as without it you can’t 3D print anything at all.
Filaments are simply coiled up polymers (plastics) which you can put into your 3D printer to print with. They commonly come in 2 sizes, 1.75mm and 2.85mm.
Most modern printers take 1.75mm.


The most common types of filament are PLA, PETG and ABS.

What filaments are out there?

Name: PLA 

Properties: Odourless, low warp, eco-friendly

Uses: Biodegradable medical implants, food wrappers, food containers and pretty much anything 3D Printable that won't be under load. This is the go-to choice for 90% of 3D Printable objects

Printing temperature: (Celsius) 190-230

Our best brand: Biqu Premium PLA

 

Name: ABS

Properties: Easy to print, makes durable parts to withstand high temperatures

Uses: Lego, sports equipment, car phone mounts, phone cases

Printing temperature: (Celsius) 210-250

 

Name: PVA

Properties: Non toxic and harmful, easily dissolved in water

Uses: Play putty, paper adhesive

Printing temperature: (Celsius) 180-230

 

Name: PET

Properties: Odourless, approved for food containers

Uses: Electronics, flexible and impact resistant, phone cases

Printing temperature: (Celsius) 230-255

 

Name: PETG

Properties: Very durable, low shrinkage, no warping

Uses: Protective components, food containers

Printing temperature: (Celsius) 220-245

Our best brand: Tinmorry PETG Filament

 

Name: PETT

Properties: Colourless, water clear flexible and strong

Uses: Modles and figurines

Printing temperature: (Celsius) 210-230

 

Name: Nylon

Properties: Durable, lightweight, strong, wear resistent

Uses: Machine parts, gears and bearings

Printing temperature: (Celsius) 210-250

 

Name: Carbon Fibre

Properties: Durable, low warpage

Uses: Protective casings, high durability

Printing temperature: (Celsius) 190-220

Our best buy: Carbon Fibre Filament PLA Housing

 

 And now a new kid on the block, fully biodegradable PLA.

Name: Non-Oilen

Properties: Durable, Odourless, Completely Biodegradable, strong than PLA and does not warp.

Uses: Biodegradable medical implants, food wrappers, food containers and pretty much anything that isn't going to be under load.

Printing temperature: (Celsius) 210-250

Our favourite choice: Biodegradable PLA Filament

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