3D Printer Filament Comparison Guide

STANDARD FILAMENTS

PLA Polylactic Acid

  • Printing temperature: 190 - 220 °C
  • Bed temperature: Not required (40 - 60 °C for bigger parts)
  • Bed adhesion: Blue painters tape, Glue stick, or others
  • PLA (Polylactic Acid) is a material for the FFF (also known as FDM) 3D printing technology. PLA is a bioplastic, made from renewable natural resources such as corn starch and tapioca products. PLA is easily biodegradable by composing. It is the best material for printing large parts. That is possible thanks to it’s very low thermal expansion. For more information on PLA see Wikipedia
  • PLA advantages

    Printing of large parts is much easier with almost no warping
    No chemical odors are produced during printing

  • PLA disadvantages

    Parts start to loose mechanical strength at temperatures over 70 °C

  • Shop for PLA

ABS Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene

  • Printing temperature: 220 - 235 °C
  • Bed temperature: 80 - 100 °C
  • Bed adhesion: Blue painters tape with layer of glue stick, Kaptone Tape
  • ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) is a very strong and versatile material with great thermal resistance. It is the best material for printing mechanical parts. For example ABS is the material used to make LEGO. For more information on ABS see Wikipedia
  • ABS advantages

    Parts can withstand temperatures of up to 80 °C without loosing strength Parts can be vapor smoothed for greater strength and better surface finish Easy to glue with acetone
  • ABS disadvantages

    Requires heated bed for prints without warping
  • Shop for ABS