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 industrial 3D printers from 3D Platform allow 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?

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 flexible and dissolvable materials in the list can be printed on 3DP printers.

1. 3DX Tech CarbonX – Carbon Fiber Nylon

Manufacturer: 3DXTech

Filament Features: CarbonX™ Nylon Filament is suitable for use in practically any desktop 3D Printer that has a heated bed. Please note – carbon fiber reinforced filaments are abrasive and can wear out a brass or aluminum nozzle. Recommended for use with Hardened Steel Nozzles.

  • High Modulus Carbon Fiber – excellent stiffness
  • Semi-Aromatic Polyamide
  • Lower moisture uptake vs. PA6
  • Improved chemical resistance vs. PA6
  • Less shrinkage / warp vs. PA6
  • Low-Gloss Surface
  • Excellent Printability

Average Cost: $68 (per 750g spool)

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CarbonX Filament Specs
Printing Temp:
Printing Speed:
50 – 70 mm/sec
Heating Bed Temp:
80 – 100°C


2. Ultimaker Nylon

Manufacturer: Ultimaker

Filament Features: From simple prototypes to complex aerospace components, Nylon is embraced by engineers and manufacturers worldwide for an array of applications that require impact and abrasion resistance.

  • Industrial-grade impact and abrasion resistance
  • Durable
  • High strength-to-weight ratio
  • Low friction coefficient
  • Good corrosion resistance to alkalis and organic chemicals
  • Reduced humidity absorption when compared to other Nylon filaments
  • Seamless 3D printing experience
  • Prints in dual extrusion with PVA or Breakaway
  • Excellent Printability

Average Cost: $70 (per 750g spool)

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Ultimaker Nylon Filament Specs
Printing Temp:
230 – 260 °C
Printing Speed:
50 – 80 mm/sec
Heating Bed Temp:
60 – 70°C

3. Ultimaker CPE

Manufacturer: Ultimaker

Filament Features: CPE (copolyester) materials are chemical resistant, tough and demonstrate good dimensional stability. It is a preferred choice for both functional prototypes and mechanical parts. While both CPE and CPE+ provide similar performance characteristics, CPE+ provides the added benefit of higher temperature resistance and increased impact strength.

  • Excellent chemical resistance
  • Excellent toughness and dimensional stability
  • Good interlayer adhesion, especially when printing with an enclosed front
  • Low levels of ultrafine particles (UFPs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Ideal for short run manufacturing and functional prototypes
  • Transparent option available

Average Cost: $60 (per 750g spool)

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Ultimaker CPE Filament Specs
Printing Temp:
235 – 250 °C
Printing Speed:
40 – 100 mm/sec
Heating Bed Temp:

5. ABS-X 

Manufacturer: 3D Platform

Filament Features: ABSX 3D Printer Filament is our take on next-generation ABS filament. By applying zero warp technology to the filament we can offer a filament with far less cracking, proven near perfect interlayers, reliable bed adhesion (glass, tape & other adhesives) while improving the mechanical properties making ABS-X extra strong. These properties make ABS-X the ultimate ABS replacement that prints strong and beautiful parts on any FDM 3D printer without the common headaches associated with regular ABS like warping & poor bed adhesion. ABS-X is the perfect material for strong objects that require an high impact tolerance.

  • Near perfect interlayers
  • Prints strong and beautiful on any FDM 3D printer
  • Great strength & aesthetics
  • Good for projects that require high impact tolerance
  • Reliable bed adhesion (Glass, tape & other adhesives)

Average Cost: $115 (per 2.3kg spool)

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ABS-X Filament Specs
Printing Temp:
240 – 260 °C
Printing Speed:
80-100 mm/sec
Heating Bed Temp:

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