PLA

PLA is a biodegradable thermoplastic which is used most for non-functional prototyping. PLA is the most popular material for FDM printing as it comes in many shades and styles. Print more complex geometries with PLA compared to ABS. While PLA is relatively lower in cost, compared with ABS, it is more brittle and not suitable for contact with high temperatures.

ABS

ABS is a thermoplastic and is one of the first FDM 3D Printing filaments. Compared with PLA, ABS materials boast better mechanical and thermal properties. In addition, ABS’s impact strength is higher. ABS can only print less intricate geometries though. ABS is very durable and is used for printing end-use / functional 3d printed parts and prototypes. ABS is relatively flexible and can withstand hot temperatures.

PETG

PETG filament is good when 3D printing flexible and durable parts. PETG combines the functional and rigid properties of ABS, with the ease-of-printing that PLA offers.  Improving on PLA’s properties, the PETG thermoplastic has higher impact, chemical and moisture resistance. Traditionally, PETG was used to make water bottles and packaging, but is becoming more popular in FDM 3d printing.

PC

Excellent durability, high performance plastic PC (polycarbonate) is widely used in automotive, aerospace, medical and many other applications. PC offers accuracy, durability and stability, creating strong parts that withstand functional testing.  PC has a higher impact strength and can handle higher temperatures than ABS.

Nylon

Nylon or Polyamide (PA) is a strong and durable 3d printing filament. Known for being tough and strong, Nylon has great mechanical properties and high chemical and abrasion resistance.  With high strength-to-weight ratio, high flexibility, low friction and corrosion resistance, PA is good for 3d printing tools, end-use parts and functional prototypes.

DESIGN GUIDELINE

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Maxium Build Volume

600 mm x 600 mmx 600 mm
The maximum size what we can print for PA material.

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Maximum Unsupported Bridge Lengh

1 mm
The span a material can print without the need for support material.

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Minimum Wall Thickness

0.7 mm
The minimum thickness a wall can be printed.

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Minimum Clearance

The recommended clearance is:
0.5 mm space for separating moving parts
0.2 mm space for assembly connections
0.1 mm space for providing a close knitted fit

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Minimum Vertical Wire Diameter

0.3 mm
The minimum diameter a pin can be printed at.

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Minimum Detail

0.4 mm
The recommended high of details that are raised or recessed below the model surface.

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Minimum Hole Diameter

0.5 mm
The minimum diameter technology can successfully print a hole.

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Maximum Overhand Angle

19 degrees
The maximum angle a wall can be printed at without requiring support.

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