An overview of the 3D printer materials we currently support. Please contact us if there is a material you would like to use that is not listed. We can print two separate materials or colors for each print. We prefer to print in ABS and PLA due to the ease of printing and high accuracy.
We currently support these materials:
ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) – The most common printing material. Very durable and strong. It can withstand higher temperatures than PLA and HIPS. Less brittle than PLA. Easy to post-process using acetone to provide a glossy finish or sanding and painting. Easy to join multiple parts together to create a bigger piece if overall part is bigger than the printer envelope. Not biodegradable. Good range of colors, including glow in the dark.
Temperature: 220-235C Extruder; 60-80C Bed; Kapton/Hairspray
PLA (Polylactic Acid) – Probably the second most common material used in 3D printing. Low warp, inexpensive. It is made from plant starches, and therefore is very eco friend. Biodegrades quickly compared to other plastics when left in outside environment. Parts can be somewhat brittle. Available in a wide variety of colors, including glow in the dark.
Temperature: 180-220C Extruder; 20-55C Bed; Blue Painters Tape
HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene) – Allows for very high quality surface finish, can be sanded and painted easily. Properties are similar to ABS, so it is strong and durable. Warps less than ABS, making higher accuracy on finished parts. Can be glued with relative ease to create larger parts.
Temperature: 230C Extruder; 50-60C Bed; PEI film
PETG (Polyethylene Terephthalate) – This material is suitable for use as food containers, if sealed. Finish is glossy and not easily painted. Not biodegradable, it is recyclable. Limited color selection.
Temperature: 210-255C Extruder; 55C Bed; Blue Painters Tape
Wood composite– A wood like material that gives printed objects the look and feel of fiberboard wood. This material is wood fibers with a plastic binder. Objects can be easily painted, cut, and sanded.
Temperature: 175-250C Extruder; 30C Bed; Blue Painters Tape