FDM

Advantage of FDM technology is possibility to choose from huge spectrum of materials. We proudly present best materials for 3D printing that we use most. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages, has different properties and application. Chart below will help you choose optimal material for your requirements. It is designed to show each material features in simplest and clear way.

ABS

Description The most popular plastic used for production of surrounding items.
Additional features

 toned and matt colours (before chemical postprocessing)

 easy for postprocessing

 tough and scratch resistant

Examples of application in industry LEGO bricks, household appliances, casings for electronic equipment

 

PLA

Description Popular material used for rapid prototyping
Additional features

 intensive colours

 glossy prints

 ecologic (produced on the basis of maize meal by which is faster biodegradable)

 more fragile (less durable than ABS)

 approved for contact with food by FDA

Examples of application in industry dental implants, disposable packaging and dishes, cheap and fast prototypes
Description Durable and low shrink material used mostly for printing large-size
Additional features

 resistant to salts, acids, alkaline solutions and solvents

 more durable than PLA and ABS

 approved for contact with food (FDA)

 very good adhesion between the layers

Examples of application in industry packaging for food and beverages, fibers production, vessels, casings, components
Description Material used for large prototypes that require high dimensional precision
Additional features

 very low shrinkage

 high toughness

Examples of application in industry architectural models, casing, used as supporting material
Description Ulepszony technologicznie ABS
Additional features

 suitable for printing a variety of models

 ideal for creating prototypes which should be related to the products manufactured in the technology of injection molds.

 more durable than basic ABS

Examples of application in industry

functional prototypes, components requiring durability and resistance to time

PETT/GLASS

Description Transparent material ideal for all kinds of concept models that should imitate glass
Additional features

 transparent material of similar properties to the PET or PET-G

 resistant to salts, acids, alkaline solutions and solvents

Examples of application in industry optical components, packaging for food and beverages, transparent covers

Wood

Description A composite material that consist 30-40% of real wood.
Additional features  smell and appearance of a wood
Examples of application in industry decorative elements imitating wood, figurines, furniture details

TPU/TPE/Ninja Flex/PLA SOFT

Description The most flexible materials in our offer. Their hardness starts from 85A Shore. Perfect for all kinds of prototypes of rubber, gaskets, toys, covers and handles.
Additional features

 very low shrinkage rate

 flexibility similar to rubber

Examples of application in industry flexible casings for mobile phones, elements imitating rubber, seals, toys
Description Blend of PC and ABS 
Additional features

 high temperature resistant (up to 125 C)

 hard and durable

 very large shrinkage

 high electrical resistivity

 difficult to print large items

Examples of application in industry side covers, automotive parts, key structural components, parts working in high temperatures

PA (NYLON)

Description Very popular in industry, durable and elastic. Most common for SLS 3D printers.
Additional features

 nice end quality

 thin objects are very elastic

 thick objects are very durable and chemical resistant (much more than ABS)

 durability comparable to aluminium

 hard to print

Examples of application in industry molds, clothes, light and strong gears, fishing lines, drone parts

PC

Description Long lasting and transparent material comparable to aluminium due to its durability. Very resistant to impacts and breaks.
Additional features

 high temperatures resistant

 high shrinkage

 very good layer adhesion

 hard to print

Examples of application in industry optical media (ex. CD dics), covers, police shields, glass replacements

Typically (when client hasn’t chosen colour on his own) we make models in white, ivory, grey or black. We can offer basic colour pallette and we can also paint models on special RAL value based hue.

We gladly test new materials for customer needs. For special request we can offer dissolvable support materials (made of PVA or HIPS) for better surface quality of a model and services such as chemical smoothing, sanding, drilling, glueing, filling, covering with epoxy resin etc.

SLS

We realise SLS prints from PA12 (PA2200) polyamide powder available in white colour.

SLA

SUMMARY

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