To get an overview of the available filaments, we have made a list with general information per filament. For more guidance in finding the right filament, download the filament guide at the bottom of the page. Or view this page on finding the right filament.
PLA filament is made out of a material that is very versatile in its application. Possibly one of its best properties is the fact that it is biodegradable. Additionally, the temperature of PLA is lower than the ABS melting temperature, giving it better printing capabilities. It doesn’t produce fumes and the odor when printing has been often described as sweet and pleasant. And it is available in a large array of colors. Finally, PLA filament has a lower tendency to split than ABS.
Recommended settings on your 3D printer: PLA melting temperature 210 °C, bed temperature 45 °C
ABS is a very common material you cross every day. LEGO is made from it, for example. Do you require a strong and durable component? ABS probably best suits your requirements. You can buy this strong and stiff filament in thirteen clear and durable colors. Typical for printing with ABS filament is a distinct smell off burned plastic along with light fumes. We recommend that you print in a room with plenty of air circulation.
Recommended settings on your 3D printer: ABS melting temperature 250 °C, bed temperature 80 °C.
Flex filament is a rubber like material. This flexible plastic stays flexible when printed. It is fairly strong and the layer bonding is very good. The amount of flexibility can be controlled with the amount of infill of your print. Combining this material with a rigid filament like PLA can provide new solutions which would be not possible with conventional production methods.
Recommended settings on your 3D printer: Flex melting temperature 210-255 °C, bed temperature 20-50 °C.
PVA filament should be used by someone who has some experience in 3D printing. We strongly recommend that you don’t use PVA filament until you have mastered the basics of 3D printing. PVA filament is soluble in water and attaches well to different sorts of plastics. Because of these properties PVA filament is an excellent supporting material for dual extruder 3D printing. It creates a wide array of new possibilities.
Recommended settings on your 3D printer: PVA melting temperature 200 °C, bed temperature 60 °C.
Nylon filament provides you with number of very interesting properties. Nylon filament is flexible, strong and resistant to ultraviolet light and various kinds of chemicals. A high temperature of both printing and bed are required to print with nylon filament. Amongst its more conventional uses is the printing of models.
Recommended settings on your 3D printer: Nylon melting temperature 245 °C, bed temperature 80 °C.
PET G Filament
PET G filament is a similar to a very common plastic; PET. Almost every plastic bottle on the world is made from PET. It has properties comparable to ABS, although ABS is stronger. The printing capacities of PET G however are excellent and popularity is increasing for this reason.
Recommended settings on your 3D printer: PET G melting temperature 240°C, bed temperature 90°C
Hybrid filament is roughly translated a hybrid between ABS and PLA. It a little stronger than PLA but still prints as easy as PLA and has a better temperature resistance. Hybrid is also FDA approved which makes it suitable for food containers for example. Please take into account that the FDA approval is on the filament. Your 3D printer however, can have small amounts of other filament left in it’s nozzle for example.
Recommended settings on your 3D printer: Hybrid melting temperature 245°C, bed temperature 65°C.
Carbon filament is a compound of a polymer plastic (PLA) and carbon fibers. This means that the properties of the printed material are a combination between PLA and carbon. So it is a little lighter, stronger and very stiff. The carbon fibers can easy damage the inside of your nozzle while printing, making it abrasive for regular nozzles.
Recommended settings on your 3D printer: Carbon melting temperature
Brick filament is a compound with brick fibers. The result is a brick like material with real brick. The finish is coarse which is what you would expect from brick. This also means that this filament can require a bigger nozzle diameter for a better flow of extrusion. Compared to PLA, brick will also be more abrasive for a regular nozzle.
Recommended settings on your 3D printer: Brick melting temperature 195°C, bed temperature 60°C.
Similar to Brick filament, Wood filament is a compound of both a polymer and wood fibers. When printing, a wood scent will be produced, making is smell like a real wood shop! It is also lighter than most filaments and the printing properties are similar to Brick as well.
Recommended settings on your 3D printer: Wood melting temperature 210 °C, bed temperature 50°C.
For an overview on all filaments and their properties, you can download our filament guide: