Top 10 New 3D Printing Materials You Should Try – Part I

The 3D printing industry has been growing rapidly in recent years. In addition to the tremendous growth in 3D printing hardware and 3D printing design software, the material used in 3D printing is another sector that is destined to grow exponentially in the coming years.
According to a leading market report publisher MartketsandMarkets, the 3D printing materials segment is going to reach $1.052 billion in global turnover by 2019. It is estimated that the materials market is going to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.4%, given the current 3D printing materials market value is around $400 million.
Indeed, for most 3D printer users, having the freedom and flexibility to choose from a wide range of 3D printing materials that satisfy all kinds of production demands is crucial. At 3D Platform, we strive to provide customers with a truly open source, large format 3D printing platform which welcomes both open source materials and open source software. The 3D1000 large format 3D printer allows customers to step into large format 3D printing with low startup cost, minimal maintenance cost, and economical material costs. Every month, there are many new and exciting 3D printing materials being introduced to the market. Yet many users find themselves pondering the question:

How do I find the best new 3D printing material that suits my project?

This question and more will be answered in this blog series. The materials we are going to cover range from Plastics (photopolymers, ABS, PLA, Nylon and more), Metals (Steel, Silver, Aluminum etc.), Ceramics (Glass, Silica, Quartz and others), as well as other materials such as Wax, Laywood and other compound hybrids. All of the materials in the list can be printed on the 3DP1000, and we will include the print settings as well. Please note that the list does not come in any particular order, and we do not sell the listed materials.  

Top 10 New 3D Printing Materials You Should Try – Part I

  1. NinjaFlex – SemiFlex Manufacturer:Fenner Drives, Inc. Filament Features: NinjaFlex SimiFlex is the newest addition to the NinjaFlex family. Just like the original NinjaFlex 3D Filament, SemiFlex material boasts flexibility, strength and reliability for your 3D printing projects, and is slightly more rigid to expand your printing possibilities. SemiFlex is best for the following types of projects:
  • High level of detailNFSF_logo_text_k
  • Contain intricate parts
  • High resolution text
  • Unsupported vertical printing
  • Shock-absorption needed
  • Requires less flexibility than NinjaFlex Original 3D Filament
NinjaFlex is best suited for: Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) type 3D printers that use 1.75mm or 3mm filament. 3D printers that accept other types of polymers such as ABS and PLA Average Cost:$65 (per .75kg spool) Where to Buy: Material Spec Chart - Simiflex  
2. PORO-LAY Filament Manufacturer: Kai ParthyPORO-LAY-3d-printing-filament-1_overview Filament Features: PORO-LAY filament is the newest release from the German inventor and filament specialist Kai Parthy. There are four products in the PORO-LAY family, and the main characteristics of different PORO-LAY filaments are:
  1. Lay-Felt: Lay-Felt contains stiff or soft felt-fibers, it may be used in the following applications: 3D membranes, filters, semipermeable, future cloths, and artificial paper.
  2. Lay-Tekkks: Lay-Tekkks and Lay-Felt are both fibrous like felt, but Lay-Tekkks has thinner, finer fibrous structures. Lay-Tekks can be used for making oriented fibers, stacked fibers, future cloths, and tissue.
  3. Lay-Fomm: Lay-Fomm is filled with holes, it feels like very soft rubber. It may be used in making micro-foam, sponges, bio-cells, elastics, and bendable suits.
  4. Gel-Lay: This material is highly porous and the printed objects are very unstable. Its applications could be: objects in water, marine organism flow simulation, and bio-mechanics.
Average Cost:$40 (per 0.25kg) Where to Buy:   Material Spec Chart - Porolay
3. Wood Filament   Manufacturer:ColorFabbcolorfabb-woodfill-elephant-printed Filament Features: Wood Filament is one of the most popular new 3D printing materials. If you’re looking for something special in your filament portfolio then consider the WoodFill filament. About 70% Colorfabb PLA and 30% recycled wood fibres. Your prints will look absolutely amazing and your 3d printer cave will smell like a woodshop! Average Cost:$43 (per 0.6kg spool) Where to Buy:   Material Spec Chart - Wood copy    
4. BronzeFill Filament: Manufacturer: ColorFabbcopperFill_3d-printing-filament-5 Filament Features: ColorFabb BronzeFill is a PLA/PHA based compound mixed with 80% fine bronze powder. The material is four times heavier than standard PLA. It has a density of approximately 4 gr/cc (cubic centimeters) and feels like real metal. With a bit of sanding and polishing the bronze particles will start to shine and shimmer unlike any 3D printing filament you have seen before. Now you can make jewelry that won’t feel like cheap lightweight plastic parts. Average Cost: $55 (0.75kg per spool) Where to Buy:     Material Spec Chart - BronzeFil copy
5. CopperFill Filament: Manufacture: ColorFabbcopperFill_3d-printing-filament-1 Filament Features: Similar to BronzeFill, ColorFabb CopperFill is a PLA blend with micronized copper powder. This means that the material can be polished and finished with similar methods as BronzeFill. ColorFabb notes that testing of CopperFill filament shows that reliable results using all metal hot-ends, which all 3DP1000 models are equipped with. Average Cost: $55 (0.75kg per spool) Where to Buy:     Material Spec Chart - Copper

Top 10 New 3D Printing Materials You Should Try – Part II

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