Selecting Materials For Your FDM 3D Printer

Learn about choosing the right material for 3D printing your parts. We will guide you about the most commonly used filaments and their applications. Along with the applications, optimum printing settings and conditions are also included which will make sure that you achieve best printing results every time

Selecting Material
Table of materials Grit 3D

Commonly used FDM Printing Materials*

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PLA

Polylactic Acid

Properties

Soft, Food Safe, Biodegradable

Applications

Food containers, Home decor products, Indoor use parts that are not subjected to sunlight, concept prototypes, low stress parts, etc

Printing Temperature

190 – 220°C

Bed Temperature (Recommended)

50 – 60°C

Build Surface Acrylic Glass PEI Sheet
Adhesion Method Kapton Tape Glue Stick None

PLA+

Polylactic Acid Plus

Properties

Greater machinability than PLA, Similar strength and higher stiffness compared to ABS. No delamination or warping in larger parts

Applications

Prototype with functional parts, Jigs for tooling, Fixtures for manufacturing, Toughness applications

Printing Temperature

200 – 215°C

Bed Temperature (Recommended)

50 – 60°C

Build Surface Glass PEI Sheet
Adhesion Method Glue Stick None

ABS

Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene

Properties

Toxic, Strong, Best post-processing

Applications

Instruments, Sports equipment, Objects that might be dropped, Outdoor use parts, Parts exposed to UV, etc

Printing Temperature

220 – 250°C

Bed Temperature (Recommended)

70 – 100°C

Build Surface Glass Glass PEI Sheet
Adhesion Method ABS Slurry Hair Spray None

PET-G

Polyethylene terephthalate Glycol

Properties

Barely warps, No odors or fumes when printed, FDA Approved for tools used in food containers, Durability of ABS

Applications

Phone cases and mechanical parts that require flexibility and impact resistance, Snap fit enclosures

Printing Temperature

220 – 260°C

Bed Temperature (Recommended)

55 – 70°C

Build Surface Glass PEI Sheet
Adhesion Method Glue Stick None

TPU

Thermoplastic Polyurethane

Properties

Flexible 3D printing material, excellent abrasion resistance

Applications

Toys, Belts, stoppers, phone cases, visual products

Printing Temperature

210 – 225°C

Bed Temperature (Recommended)

50°C

Build Surface Glass PEI Sheet
Adhesion Method Glue Stick None