What Materials Can Print on an X1000 3D Printer?
Narrator:? Tell me a little bit, Joe, about materials.? I know we are using PLA here, but I?ve heard a lot of people asking questions about what exactly is PLA, and then what other kind of materials can you use with a 3D printer.
Joe:? Sure ? PLA is one of our favorite materials to use early on in a development.? It smells good ? kind of smells like popcorn.? The office really kind of enjoys the printer running.? It?s easy to work with.? And we?re able to get through our designs really quick.? We?ve also used ABS.? ABS is a much stronger material and something we would use more in an end use case for a product you?ve designed.? We also are experimenting with nylons and polycarbonates.? And every day, there?s really a new type of material that hits the market.? We recently saw a wood material that?s really, really cool.? We?re excited to see where the material industry can take us in the next few years.
Narrator:? I?ve read a few of the really exotic things out there where their printing with bio-materials, and people working with different kinds of metals and those types of things.? But for the basic user, for the rapid prototyping, those type of things ? a PLA is what is used.? Now, what is PLA?? What does that stand for?
Joe:? It?s a poly-acidic acid and it?s a bio-degradable plastic.? It has kind of a corn starch base to it.? It?s one that we really like to use in the office because we don?t have to vent any fumes out or anything like that.
Narrator:? No hazard to worry about there ?