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

In the previous blog: Top 10 New 3D Printing Materials Part I, we introduced some unique 3D printing materials. Among these special materials, SemiFlex and PORO-LAY are great for applications that call for strength, flexibility and reliability. For example, NinjaFlex and SemiFlex work well for 3D printing footwear prototypes, wearables, and protective covers and cases. Infused filaments, such as the WoodFill, BronzeFill, and CopperFill are excellent choices for 3D printing jewelry, art designs, and architecture models. In order to get the best results from these special materials, it is crucial to follow the instructions from the material manufacturer. If you have never printed with the material, be sure to check the suggested printing temperature, printing speed, and heated bed temperature before starting a big print. The 3DP1000, large format 3D printer is an open source platform that enables you to use different 3D printing materials and material vendors. All of the materials covered in this blog are suitable for printing on the 3DP1000 Single-Extruder and Dual-Extruder models. Keep in mind that the material needs to be 3 mm diameter and must have a melting point of under 290C.


Top 10 New 3D Printing Materials – Part II 

(Click here to read Part I ) 6. XT-CF20 Filamentcolorfabb_xt-cf20-01-01-01 Manufacturer: ColorFabb Filament Features: ColorFabb XT CF20 is a filament based on Amphora 3D polymer, reinforced with 20% specially sourced carbon fibers. This filament is perfect for parts that need high stiffness. XT-CF20 has a beautiful matte surface finish when printed. A special point of attention is the abrasive nature of the carbon fibers. In general these fibers can accelerate the nozzle-wear of brass nozzles, much faster than unfilled filaments. Therefore, stainless steel or hardened copper nozzles are recommended. Average Cost:$53 (per .75kg spool) Where to Buy: Material-Spec-Chart---XT-CF20  

Manufacturer: eSUN 3Desun petg

Filament Features:PETG stands for Poly (ethylene terephthalateco-1,4-cylclohexylenedimethylene terephthalate) and is a transparent type of copolyester. PETG combines the advantage of ABS (high strength) and PLA (easy to use). Despite its high level of toughness and impact strength, it remains very flexible and recyclable. It is also odorless during printing and features a low shrink rate while not suffering from warping as ABS often does. In addition to the natural transparent version, PETG is also available in magenta, yellow, and blue. Average Cost: $30 (per 1kg spool) Where to Buy: Material-Spec-Chart---PETG  
8. Electrically Conductive PLA Manufacturer: Proto-pastaconductive pla Filament Features: Proto-pasta conductive PLA is an FFF/FDM 3D printing filament designed for users interested in combining 3D printing and electronics. It allows you to print conductive assemblies that integrate switches, potentiometers, LEDs, capacitive touch sensors, and more. Proto-pasta conductive PLA Highlights
  • High electrical conductivity: 15 ohm-cm
  • Compatibility with other PLA materials for use in dual-extruder printers with good layer adhesion for creating circuits
  • Reduced brittleness over existing conductive products (filament is quite flexible)
Average Cost: $40 (per 0.5 kg spool ) Where to Buy: Pre-order at Material-Spec-Chart---Conductive-PLA  
9. T-Glase Manufacturer:Taulman3DDSC_1139 Filament Features: T-Glase is a filament for FFF 3D printers released by material manufacturer Taulman in late 2013. Derived from a PET polymer combination, this material is clear and strong. T-Glase is specifically made of FDA approved polymers for direct food contact/containers; this includes cups and other liquid storage parts, as well as utensils. As a low-temperature filament, T-Glase does not suffer warpage to the same degree as absorptive or high-temperature materials. Average Cost: $30 (per 1 lb. Reel) Where to Buy: Material-Spec-Chart---T-Glase  
10.Alloy 910 Manufacturer: Taulman3Dtaulman-alloy-910-3D-printing-filament Filament Features: Alloy 910 is a filament for FFF 3D printers released by Taulman in March, 2015. It is designed to be extremely strong, without any composite fillers. According to Taulman, the material has ?a combined tensile strength higher than the strongest co-polyesters, the durability of Nylons, and a shrinkage factor that rivals T-Glase, a vast range of chemical resistance, and a 95C working range. Alloy 910 is a great material for building industrial parts and robotic components. Average Cost: $36 (per 1 lb. Reel) Where to Buy:     Material-Spec-Chart---Alloy   The 3D printing material industry is growing faster than ever. In addition to the filaments we have covered above, there are many other types of new and unique materials, such as ceramics, glass, and quartz that are available on the market. However, despite the abundance of 3D printing materials, PLA and ABS remain the most popular materials for FFF/FDM 3D printers.     Information for this post was collected from the following sources:  

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