When it comes to 3D printing filaments, there are a lot of options to choose from. So, which one should you use for your project? In this blog post, we will discuss the different types of filaments and explain which ones are best for specific applications. If you have any questions about our filament selection, hopefully this will help to provide some clarity.
The three most popular types of filaments are ABS, PLA, and PVA. Each one has its own unique set of properties that make it better suited for certain projects, and you’ll find all three available in any decent 3D printing shop that sells filament.
ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene)
ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) is a strong and durable plastic that is often used to create functional items such as tools and parts. ABS is less brittle than PLA and can be sanded and machined more easily. This is a good filament to use if you’re going to print an item that will see a lot of wear and tear.
PLA (polylactic acid)
PLA (polylactic acid) is a biodegradable plastic that is made from renewable resources like corn starch or sugar cane. PLA is softer than ABS and is not as strong or durable. However, it does not require any special ventilation like ABS does, making it safer to use. PLA is a good choice for decorative items that do not need to be very strong, such as toys or figurines.
The key benefits of PLA are that it’s biodegradable and environmentally friendly, while the drawbacks are that PLA is not as strong or durable as ABS, and it requires special ventilation, making it less safe to use than ABS as well.
PVA (polyvinyl alcohol)
PVA (polyvinyl alcohol) is a water-soluble plastic that can be used for printing with multiple colours. PVA dissolves in water, so it can be easily removed from the print bed. PVA can also be used as a glue to attach different filaments together. This filament is ideally suited for printing objects like vases or bowls that have a lot of negative space.
Now that you know a little bit more about the different types of filaments, you can make a better decision about which one to use for your next project. Remember, 3D printing is all about creativity and experimentation, so it’s worth trying out different filaments to see what works best for you. Happy printing!