Filament Comparison Guide

Filament comparison guide

Filament Types:

  • Standard
  • Flexible
  • Support
  • Special
  • Composite
  • Translucent

standard Filaments

With the recent expansion of exciting new 3d printer filament types to choose from, deciding which material you need to print with can be a daunting task. It basically boils down to you understanding what application you need it for. There’s no need to overcomplicate things by getting confused with the huge selection if you just want to print low poly Pokémon.

Likewise, you want to make sure that the home-weather station concept you’re mocking up won’t crack and yellow overtime in strong sunlight, like some materials will. So selecting the right 3d filament is important. Hopefully this comparison guide (a sort of filament wiki, if you will) can eliminate the guess-work before you buy 3d printer filament.

Each material listed below will explain the uses for that plastic, and specifications. We’ll also link to any helpful guides for further info or just the page where you can find the filament.

And if after reading you’re still not sure, get in touch – our support ninjas are here to help you out.

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PLA

PLA

PLA

  • 190-210°C
  • 20-60°C
  • Blue Painters Tape / Glue Stick
  • 1.75mm & 2.85mm
  • 35g Sample, 1KG & 3KG Spool
  • Prints Easily & Excellent Detail

PLA or PolyLactic Acid is the ‘go-to’ 3d filament for most makers. PLA filament is an eco-friendly biodegradable material made from cornstarch. It’s easy to print with because it’s one of the lowest printing settings of any 3d printer materials and generally doesn’t warp. You’ll find PLA is also non-toxic and doesn’t smell much when printing.

There are a large range of PLA filaments available, with a huge variety in quality and strengths. Generally, it’s considered to not be as strong as ABS – but higher quality 3D printer PLA can result in a surprising amount of finished part strength. Due to the purity of the raw materials used, higher quality PLA also yields better results with post print finishing, such as sanding or drilling if required.

If you’re not sure what material to use, and just want something easy to 3d print (forgiving on settings) with respectable strength and usability – A high quality 3d printer filament; PLA is worth trying out.

Don’t be fooled by gimmicky names for other ‘premium’ PLA’s – our ‘standard’ PLA is a world-class filament. Top 3D printing mogul Thomas Sanladerer voted this the best PLA he’s tried, mostly due to it’s easy printing, printed strength and finish quality.

It’s worth noting that PLA is typically brittle in comparison to most other durable filaments, if you need something just like regular PLA but more durable, or with a higher temperature resistance our special blend PLA Plus (below) could be your answer.

We stock PLA filament 1.75mm and 3mm (2.85mm) sizes to fit any open source 3d printer. And of course, PLA in 1KG spools and 10m lengths to test.

PLA or PolyLactic Acid is the ‘go-to’ 3d filament for most makers. PLA filament is an eco-friendly biodegradable material made from cornstarch. It’s easy to print with because it’s one of the lowest printing settings of any 3d printer materials and generally doesn’t warp. You’ll find PLA is also non-toxic and doesn’t smell much when printing.

There are a large range of PLA filaments available, with a huge variety in quality and strengths. Generally, it’s considered to not be as strong as ABS – but higher quality 3D printer PLA can result in a surprising amount of finished part strength. Due to the purity of the raw materials used, higher quality PLA also yields better results with post print finishing, such as sanding or drilling if required.

If you’re not sure what material to use, and just want something easy to 3d print (forgiving on settings) with respectable strength and usability – A high quality 3d printer filament; PLA is worth trying out.

Don’t be fooled by gimmicky names for other ‘premium’ PLA’s – our ‘standard’ PLA is a world-class filament. Top 3D printing mogul Thomas Sanladerer voted this the best PLA he’s tried, mostly due to it’s easy printing, printed strength and finish quality.

It’s worth noting that PLA is typically brittle in comparison to most other durable filaments, if you need something just like regular PLA but more durable, or with a higher temperature resistance our special blend PLA Plus (below) could be your answer.

We stock PLA filament 1.75mm and 3mm (2.85mm) sizes to fit any open source 3d printer. And of course, PLA in 1KG spools and 10m lengths to test.

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ABS

ABS

ABS

  • 230-250°C
  • 80-110°C
  • Blue Painters Tape / Glue Stick
  • 1.75mm & 2.85mm
  • 35g Sample, 1KG & 3KG Spool
  • Strong & Long Lasting

Perhaps the second most commonly used filament is ABS (or Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene on Sundays) – this is a common plastic used in a lot of casings and consumer products that require a durable material. Your phone case or keyboard is likely made from, or has some components in ABS.

ABS filament is stronger than good PLA (and considerably stronger than cheaper varieties) and has a higher temperature resistance (it won’t go soft in a hot car on a sunny day) but takes a little more care when printing. This is because it has a tendency to warp if your heated bed is not hot enough (as it contracts when cooling), and requires a hotter extruder temperature. However, once your abs plastic filament settings are tuned in and everything is at the correct temp – printing it is no harder than any other material.

This material can also be smoothed with acetone. This means you can make it look more like a non 3d print, but that’s usually at a cost to detail.

Is ABS filament transparent? Not naturally, like PLA and some other materials (see below) but we do a modified ABS that is, also it prints more translucent unless you acetone smooth.

As with all 3d printing filaments it’s extremely important to only print in a well-ventilated area. ABS is no different. The very process of printing can release micro particles into the air during the heating and extruding process so always read the guidelines from your printer’s manufacture.

Want to make more durable parts than regular PLA? Try ABS filament 1.75mm or in 3mm (2.85mm).

Perhaps the second most commonly used filament is ABS (or Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene on Sundays) – this is a common plastic used in a lot of casings and consumer products that require a durable material. Your phone case or keyboard is likely made from, or has some components in ABS.

ABS filament is stronger than good PLA (and considerably stronger than cheaper varieties) and has a higher temperature resistance (it won’t go soft in a hot car on a sunny day) but takes a little more care when printing. This is because it has a tendency to warp if your heated bed is not hot enough (as it contracts when cooling), and requires a hotter extruder temperature. However, once your abs plastic filament settings are tuned in and everything is at the correct temp – printing it is no harder than any other material.

This material can also be smoothed with acetone. This means you can make it look more like a non 3d print, but that’s usually at a cost to detail.

Is ABS filament transparent? Not naturally, like PLA and some other materials (see below) but we do a modified ABS that is, also it prints more translucent unless you acetone smooth.

As with all 3d printing filaments it’s extremely important to only print in a well-ventilated area. ABS is no different. The very process of printing can release micro particles into the air during the heating and extruding process so always read the guidelines from your printer’s manufacture.

Want to make more durable parts than regular PLA? Try ABS filament 1.75mm or in 3mm (2.85mm).

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PLA Plus +

PLA

PLA Plus +

  • 230-250°C
  • 70-80°C
  • Blue Painters Tape / Glue Stick
  • 1.75mm & 2.85mm
  • 35g Sample, 1KG & 3KG Spool
  • More Durable PLA

We were excited to release this. The benefits of PLA yet more durable than ABS? We made it possible: this is essentially PLA with our blend of additives to make a much more durable and less brittle (but still as strong) version.

Printing temperatures are a little higher than our regular PLA (which tends to print better at a slightly lower temperature than most due to its pure formula) but otherwise is shares the same easy to print settings.

Due to the special additive in the blend, our PLA Plus has a nice ‘sheen’ to it in the various colours available. This is hard to notice in the photos, but our customers have mentioned it’s a really nice effect.

If you don’t want to commit to a full KG roll, you can always just try a 10 meter sample of 1.75mm filament or 2.85mm filament.

We were excited to release this. The benefits of PLA yet more durable than ABS? We made it possible: this is essentially PLA with our blend of additives to make a much more durable and less brittle (but still as strong) version.

Printing temperatures are a little higher than our regular PLA (which tends to print better at a slightly lower temperature than most due to its pure formula) but otherwise is shares the same easy to print settings.

Due to the special additive in the blend, our PLA Plus has a nice ‘sheen’ to it in the various colours available. This is hard to notice in the photos, but our customers have mentioned it’s a really nice effect.

If you don’t want to commit to a full KG roll, you can always just try a 10 meter sample of 1.75mm filament or 2.85mm filament.

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ABS Plus +

ABS

ABS Plus +

  • 250-270°C
  • 90-110°C
  • Blue Painters Tape / Glue Stick / PEI Sheet
  • 1.75mm
  • 35g Sample, 1KG & 3KG Spool
  • Very Durable & Strong

New on the scene, ABS Plus is a blend of Nylon and ABS to create an extra durable yet still easily printable material. Nylon 3d print filament is typically known for its immensely durable properties, but can require a little more fine tuning to print perfectly.

This takes higher printing temps than regular ABS plastic, but the extra strong qualities are worth it. Currently we only have ABSplus filament 1.75 available. If you need 2.85mm filament, please ask – we might be working on it already!

New on the scene, ABS Plus is a blend of Nylon and ABS to create an extra durable yet still easily printable material. Nylon 3d print filament is typically known for its immensely durable properties, but can require a little more fine tuning to print perfectly.

This takes higher printing temps than regular ABS plastic, but the extra strong qualities are worth it. Currently we only have ABSplus filament 1.75 available. If you need 2.85mm filament, please ask – we might be working on it already!

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Nylon

Nylon

Nylon

  • 255-275°C
  • 100-110°C
  • PEI Sheet
  • 1.75mm
  • 35g Sample, 0.5KG & 1KG Spool
  • Extremely Durable & Low Friction

We couldn’t mention Nylon filament above, without explaining exactly what Nylon is straight afterwards. Nylon is Polyamide, sometimes referred to as PA for short. This is, hands down in our opinion the more versatile printing material currently available.

It’s an amazingly strong filament.

Outside the 3D printing world it’s commonly used in clothing, when printed thinly its flexible (think living hinges) and when printed thick it’s got a good level of stiffness to it.

Ultimately Nylon is very durable, has a low friction coefficient (often used in low RPM gearboxes and bushings) and in our Nylon 12 blend has an increased resistance to chemical and thermal influences than the more common grades such as Nylon 6.

It these properties that make Nylon so suitable for blending with other materials to create filament types with a range of excellent benefits.

It’s worth noting that this material is extremely sensitive to moisture, so as with other hydroscopic filaments it’s important to keep it dry. Luckily we provide metallic grip-seal bags and desiccant with every order – so moisture in your filament won’t ever be an issue. Currently you can view Nylon filament 1.75 here, we’re working on 3mm (2.85mm) soon.

We couldn’t mention Nylon filament above, without explaining exactly what Nylon is straight afterwards. Nylon is Polyamide, sometimes referred to as PA for short. This is, hands down in our opinion the more versatile printing material currently available.

It’s an amazingly strong filament.

Outside the 3D printing world it’s commonly used in clothing, when printed thinly its flexible (think living hinges) and when printed thick it’s got a good level of stiffness to it.

Ultimately Nylon is very durable, has a low friction coefficient (often used in low RPM gearboxes and bushings) and in our Nylon 12 blend has an increased resistance to chemical and thermal influences than the more common grades such as Nylon 6.

It these properties that make Nylon so suitable for blending with other materials to create filament types with a range of excellent benefits.

It’s worth noting that this material is extremely sensitive to moisture, so as with other hydroscopic filaments it’s important to keep it dry. Luckily we provide metallic grip-seal bags and desiccant with every order – so moisture in your filament won’t ever be an issue. Currently you can view Nylon filament 1.75 here, we’re working on 3mm (2.85mm) soon.

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PET-G

PETG-G

PET-G

  • 235-245°C
  • 70-80°C
  • Blue Painters Tape
  • 1.75mm & 2.85mm
  • 35g Sample, 1KG & 3KG Spool
  • Extremely Durable - Almost Unbreakable

One of our favourite materials to print with, PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) is an extremely strong filament. Think plastic bottles and other food containers. Our version is Glycol modified for even better durability. It is effectively almost unbreakable – layer adhesion is excellent and it it will just keep bending, rather than snapping like more brittle plastics might.

Other benefits include hardly any warp and virtually no smells or fumes when printing. It also bridges well. When printed optimally for transparency, PET is one of the most clear. Our colours are vibrant, and we’re working on opaque colours to add to the range.

Although easy to print with, you want to make sure your PETG filament settings are dialled in properly. We cover this in more detail here.

You can view PETG filament 1.75mm here now our PETG 2.85mm filament (3mm) is also available.

One of our favourite materials to print with, PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) is an extremely strong filament. Think plastic bottles and other food containers. Our version is Glycol modified for even better durability. It is effectively almost unbreakable – layer adhesion is excellent and it it will just keep bending, rather than snapping like more brittle plastics might.

Other benefits include hardly any warp and virtually no smells or fumes when printing. It also bridges well. When printed optimally for transparency, PET is one of the most clear. Our colours are vibrant, and we’re working on opaque colours to add to the range.

Although easy to print with, you want to make sure your PETG filament settings are dialled in properly. We cover this in more detail here.

You can view PETG filament 1.75mm here now our PETG 2.85mm filament (3mm) is also available.

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ASA

ASA

ASA

  • 240-250°C
  • 90-110°C
  • Blue Painters Tape / Glue Stick / PEI Sheet
  • 1.75mm & 2.85mm
  • 35g Sample, 1KG & 3KG Spool
  • UV Resistant Version of ABS

Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate is a very specialist material, which is new on the scene. It’s very similar to ABS, but with one key difference – it’s resistant to UV light. That means it won’t crack or yellow when left out in the sun over time. If you print practical outdoorsy things, or print for business this printing material is invaluable.

ASA filament otherwise has similar properties to ABS; it’s slightly denser, and slightly more durable and harder wearing. If you’d like to learn more about the differences between this and regular ABS 3d print filament, check out our comparison article here.

Something to note when printing ASA though is that it needs to cool really slowly, or it can crack. This is easily solved by turning your cooling fans right down, to about 5% or 10%. If you have an enclosed printing chamber, that’s even better – but otherwise try keep the ambient temperature warm and no drafts and your prints will come out a dream.

We stock ASA filament 1.75mmand 2.85mm (3mm) here.

Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate is a very specialist material, which is new on the scene. It’s very similar to ABS, but with one key difference – it’s resistant to UV light. That means it won’t crack or yellow when left out in the sun over time. If you print practical outdoorsy things, or print for business this printing material is invaluable.

ASA filament otherwise has similar properties to ABS; it’s slightly denser, and slightly more durable and harder wearing. If you’d like to learn more about the differences between this and regular ABS 3d print filament, check out our comparison article here.

Something to note when printing ASA though is that it needs to cool really slowly, or it can crack. This is easily solved by turning your cooling fans right down, to about 5% or 10%. If you have an enclosed printing chamber, that’s even better – but otherwise try keep the ambient temperature warm and no drafts and your prints will come out a dream.

We stock ASA filament 1.75mmand 2.85mm (3mm) here.

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Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate

  • 280-300°C
  • 90-110°C
  • Glue Stick / PEI Sheet
  • 1.75mm
  • 35g Sample, 1KG & 3KG Spool
  • Shatter Resistant & Hard

Polycarbonate (PC) is a very tough, hard plastic – with a good impact resistance. To put that in context, this is the material used to layer with toughened glass to make bullet proof glass. Not all 3d printers can handle it though, because your hot-end needs to run at around 300C for it to print nicely.

One of the benefits of such a high printing temperature though is it’s thermo-stability – polycarbonate filament takes a bit of heat to soften it up. But that’s not to say it’s brittle when cold, far from it. This thermoplastic is also durable and takes quite a force to break it.

If your printer can handle the heat, we think this is one material well worth keeping in your arsenal. Currently we only do Polycarbonate filament 1.75 although we’re working on 3mm (2.85mm).

Polycarbonate (PC) is a very tough, hard plastic – with a good impact resistance. To put that in context, this is the material used to layer with toughened glass to make bullet proof glass. Not all 3d printers can handle it though, because your hot-end needs to run at around 300C for it to print nicely.

One of the benefits of such a high printing temperature though is it’s thermo-stability – polycarbonate filament takes a bit of heat to soften it up. But that’s not to say it’s brittle when cold, far from it. This thermoplastic is also durable and takes quite a force to break it.

If your printer can handle the heat, we think this is one material well worth keeping in your arsenal. Currently we only do Polycarbonate filament 1.75 although we’re working on 3mm (2.85mm).

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flexible Filaments

Flexible filaments are any material that can be easily bent out of shape, and then returns to it’s original (post printed) shape once released. These are different, but share similarities to semi-flexible, extremely durable materials like PETG and Nylon.

Flexi filaments have various vibration dampening, impact absorbing and shape restoring properties. Excellent uses involved model car tyres (or tank tracks), bouncy objects and custom printed stress balls – but the uses are limitless.

They’re available in different hardness’s, often referred to on the Shore D hardness scale. Lower numbers are softer, and higher are firmer materials.

It is commonly advised to print flexi materials at half usual speed, at least to start with. You may also want to check the extruder you use is compatible with flexible materials – as some extruder designs can cause problems, especially with softer grades of flex.

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Flexible PLA

Flexible

Flexible PLA

  • 235-250°C
  • 60-70°C
  • Blue Painters Tape / Glue Stick
  • 1.75mm & 2.85mm
  • 35g Sample, 1KG & 3KG Spool
  • Durable & Flexible BioPolymer

Flexible PLA filament, or sometimes called Soft PLA is an all-natural Biopolymer. OK, so it’s not technically PLA but it’s similar, and biodegradable.

Things to note with this material that providing you get a good quality version of it, the prints are exceptionally durable when printed. Layer adhesion is excellent (but then again, this is true with most high quality filaments), and when printed very thin the material is very flexible. Printed thick though and you’ve got something that keeps its shape well. Think a softer version of Nylon, as it shares some similar properties.

One being that our Flexible PLA also has a low friction coefficient. OK so maybe not that great if you’re printing car tyres for your Open Source RC Car project (unless you want a drift car) but it does make it easier to print with.

See, on some printers that use a rear feeding extruder mechanism (like the Ultimaker series printers) they have to push the filament down the Bowden tube. With our low friction blend of biopolymer, it slides down the tube easier, and the filament is fed nice and consistently. A lot of flexible filaments can be like ‘pushing string’ in some extruder setups, causing clogs and jams.

One thing to note with all flexible printing filament though is to ensure that you print at a slower speed, depending on your printer.

As you’d expect with this flexible Ultimaker (and similar) compatible filament we do it in 2.85mm and 1.75mm and in a range of strong colours.

Flexible PLA filament, or sometimes called Soft PLA is an all-natural Biopolymer. OK, so it’s not technically PLA but it’s similar, and biodegradable.

Things to note with this material that providing you get a good quality version of it, the prints are exceptionally durable when printed. Layer adhesion is excellent (but then again, this is true with most high quality filaments), and when printed very thin the material is very flexible. Printed thick though and you’ve got something that keeps its shape well. Think a softer version of Nylon, as it shares some similar properties.

One being that our Flexible PLA also has a low friction coefficient. OK so maybe not that great if you’re printing car tyres for your Open Source RC Car project (unless you want a drift car) but it does make it easier to print with.

See, on some printers that use a rear feeding extruder mechanism (like the Ultimaker series printers) they have to push the filament down the Bowden tube. With our low friction blend of biopolymer, it slides down the tube easier, and the filament is fed nice and consistently. A lot of flexible filaments can be like ‘pushing string’ in some extruder setups, causing clogs and jams.

One thing to note with all flexible printing filament though is to ensure that you print at a slower speed, depending on your printer.

As you’d expect with this flexible Ultimaker (and similar) compatible filament we do it in 2.85mm and 1.75mm and in a range of strong colours.

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TPU

TPU

TPU

  • 245-255°C
  • 90°C
  • Blue Painters Tape / Glue Stick
  • 1.75mm
  • 35g Sample, 0.5KG & 1KG Spool
  • Very Durable & Flexible

ThermoPlastic Polyurethane, not to be confused with the more common TPE filament (ThermoPlastic Elastomer) is a serious multi-use flexible filament. TPU filament is the newer, lower shrinkage, higher chemical resistance, and higher abrasion resistance version of its TPE ancestor.

With excellent layer adhesion and it’s slightly stretchy properties, TPU makes really durable end-use prints. Perfect for usable prototypes, or even the finished article. It’s taken us a while to really perfect the formula we use, we’re now proud to offer TPU filament 1.75 in a range of colours. And soon, we’ll be offering it in 2.85mm (fits 3.0mm) too.

Please send in some pics of anything you make with this extremely versatile material – it’s a filament we’ve personally had a lot of fun with.

ThermoPlastic Polyurethane, not to be confused with the more common TPE filament (ThermoPlastic Elastomer) is a serious multi-use flexible filament. TPU filament is the newer, lower shrinkage, higher chemical resistance, and higher abrasion resistance version of its TPE ancestor.

With excellent layer adhesion and it’s slightly stretchy properties, TPU makes really durable end-use prints. Perfect for usable prototypes, or even the finished article. It’s taken us a while to really perfect the formula we use, we’re now proud to offer TPU filament 1.75 in a range of colours. And soon, we’ll be offering it in 2.85mm (fits 3.0mm) too.

Please send in some pics of anything you make with this extremely versatile material – it’s a filament we’ve personally had a lot of fun with.

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support Filaments

Unfortunately 3D printers can’t print in thin air. Support filaments are used when you need to print overhangs or bridges larger than a couple of cm wide (under this size you might be able to get away without using them). This keeps the underside of these areas neat and looking how they should do – instead of drooping strands of filament coming down from underneath, had you printed without supports.

Usually if you’re printing a large or complex print, you’ll need some sort of support material. A lot of Slicers are good at creating supports from the same material you’re printing with. The idea that these just snap off after printing. However this never really works exactly to plan, because although with increased accuracy of 3d printers has improved a lot recently, you’ll always have areas of residual unwanted material you’ll need to remove with sandpaper or a scalpel.

And of course, if you’re printing something where the supports might be hard to get to – you’ll want something that easily breaks away without sticking too hard, or just dissolves when submersed in an appropriate liquid.

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HIPS

HIPS

HIPS

  • 230-240°C
  • 90-100°C
  • Blue Painters Tape / Glue Stick
  • 1.75mm
  • 35g Sample, 1KG Spool
  • High Impact & Disolvable

High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) filament is often regarded as just a support material, which it works as very well. However it also works great as a standalone printing filament due to the fact it’s easy to print and generally regarded as quite strong and low warp. In fact, it will actually print nicely as a higher impact alternative to PLA.

HIPS is a copolymer combining the hardness of polystyrene with the elasticity of polybutadiene rubber to create a high impact thermoplastic that’s pretty tough and strong – without the typical brittle properties. It’s for this reason alone we feel HIPS filament is a really underrated 3d print material in its own right.

As a support material, HIPS dissolves using Limonene solution – which is an easily obtained solvent that’s made from the skin of lemons. Once submerged for 24 hours, the HIPS will have dissolved and you’ll be left with the print with clean, crisp overhangs. HIPS is often used as a support filament for ABS due to its similar printing temperature.

High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) filament is often regarded as just a support material, which it works as very well. However it also works great as a standalone printing filament due to the fact it’s easy to print and generally regarded as quite strong and low warp. In fact, it will actually print nicely as a higher impact alternative to PLA.

HIPS is a copolymer combining the hardness of polystyrene with the elasticity of polybutadiene rubber to create a high impact thermoplastic that’s pretty tough and strong – without the typical brittle properties. It’s for this reason alone we feel HIPS filament is a really underrated 3d print material in its own right.

As a support material, HIPS dissolves using Limonene solution – which is an easily obtained solvent that’s made from the skin of lemons. Once submerged for 24 hours, the HIPS will have dissolved and you’ll be left with the print with clean, crisp overhangs. HIPS is often used as a support filament for ABS due to its similar printing temperature.

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PVA

PVA

PVA

  • 190-210°C
  • 50-60°C
  • Blue Painters Tape
  • 1.75mm & 2.85mm
  • 35g Sample, 0.5KG & 1KG Spool
  • Dissolves in Water

Would you prefer a support material that dissolves in a solution you already have to hand? Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) filament dissolves in water.

With lower printing temperatures than HIPS, PVA is ideal for using as a support for lower temperature filaments. It’s worth considering though it’s extremely hydroscopic – that means you’ve got to keep it dry and sealed with desiccant to preserve it.

There’s quite a bit worth noting when printing with PVA, so for more details we’ll steer you towards our PVA guide here so you can get the best out of this material.

Would you prefer a support material that dissolves in a solution you already have to hand? Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) filament dissolves in water.

With lower printing temperatures than HIPS, PVA is ideal for using as a support for lower temperature filaments. It’s worth considering though it’s extremely hydroscopic – that means you’ve got to keep it dry and sealed with desiccant to preserve it.

There’s quite a bit worth noting when printing with PVA, so for more details we’ll steer you towards our PVA guide here so you can get the best out of this material.

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Break-Away

Break-Away

Break-Away

  • 220-250°C
  • 20-50°C
  • Blue Painters Tape / Glue Stick
  • 1.75mm
  • 35g Sample, 1KG Spool
  • Snap-off Support

This is our newest addition to the support filaments range. It’s perhaps the easiest support to actually print with, and after your model is finished (as the name suggests) the support areas simply break away.

Specially formulated to adhere well to your main print material when hot, but break off easily when cool – this is for most people the best support to date. Leaving a smooth finished print, and not requiring submerging your model in any liquids for extended periods of time after printing.

We’d recommend this support for all prints where you can access the required support areas. However if there’s some support necessary deep inside a complex model – you may prefer to use a soluble support.

This is our newest addition to the support filaments range. It’s perhaps the easiest support to actually print with, and after your model is finished (as the name suggests) the support areas simply break away.

Specially formulated to adhere well to your main print material when hot, but break off easily when cool – this is for most people the best support to date. Leaving a smooth finished print, and not requiring submerging your model in any liquids for extended periods of time after printing.

We’d recommend this support for all prints where you can access the required support areas. However if there’s some support necessary deep inside a complex model – you may prefer to use a soluble support.

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special Filaments

These are materials with specific uses - such as our new Floss Cleaning Filament. Any other materials that don't fit in other categories will also be listed here as we grow.


Floss (cleaning filament)

Floss (cleaning filament)

Floss (cleaning filament)

  • 220-250°C
  • 20-50°C
  • Blue Painters Tape
  • 1.75mm & 2.85mm
  • 50g Lengths
  • Cleans Residue Out

Excuse us for getting personal, but you should be aware that over time; carbon can build up in your hotend nozzle.

Now, if you print with the same material, at the same temperature and the filament you use is always of a high quality – generally you shouldn’t need to worry about cleaning your nozzle as often. However, we would recommend it as a course of action periodically, especially if you’re a high volume printer.

Where you’re really going to see the benefits to nozzle cleaning filament though is when you change materials – especially if you’re going from a hotter printing material to a cooler temperature one.

Let’s say you’re printing ABS at 250C, and then take out the material to reload with PLA. Our PLA prints low, typically at around 190-200C. That means, any ABS residue isn’t going to get hot enough to push out, and is going to cause friction. Not just that, but if you increase the heat of your hotend to 250C to flush out the ABS with PLA, you risk cooking, or burning the PLA. Which can also clog your nozzle.

Therefore, our cleaning filament works perfectly as a flushing filament to use between material changes (and once in a while even if you don’t change) – to keep your nozzle clear and blockage-free.

Excuse us for getting personal, but you should be aware that over time; carbon can build up in your hotend nozzle.

Now, if you print with the same material, at the same temperature and the filament you use is always of a high quality – generally you shouldn’t need to worry about cleaning your nozzle as often. However, we would recommend it as a course of action periodically, especially if you’re a high volume printer.

Where you’re really going to see the benefits to nozzle cleaning filament though is when you change materials – especially if you’re going from a hotter printing material to a cooler temperature one.

Let’s say you’re printing ABS at 250C, and then take out the material to reload with PLA. Our PLA prints low, typically at around 190-200C. That means, any ABS residue isn’t going to get hot enough to push out, and is going to cause friction. Not just that, but if you increase the heat of your hotend to 250C to flush out the ABS with PLA, you risk cooking, or burning the PLA. Which can also clog your nozzle.

Therefore, our cleaning filament works perfectly as a flushing filament to use between material changes (and once in a while even if you don’t change) – to keep your nozzle clear and blockage-free.

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composite Filaments

We define composite filaments as any existing polymer or copolymer thermoplastic with an additional nano-particle enhancement. It’s important the material enhancements are nano sized, because larger particles can easily block your nozzle.

If you’re printing with a 0.4mm nozzle, you only two particles at 0.02mm diameter, or fibres 0.02mm long, to cause a block. Be aware of composites with lower performing materials – such as carbon fibre PLA. PLA is a simple material, that will not be noticeably enhanced by adding expensive carbon fibre. This is however worth it on higher performance materials. We tend to use Nylon as our based for high performing composites due to its excellent range of properties from the start.

It’s worth noting that depending on what nano-enhancements the composite is blended with, you may require a harder nozzle material. For example, a stock soft brass nozzle won’t handle carbon fibre running through it very long before it wears out. You’d need hardened steel, or similar.

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Glass Reinforced Nylon

Glass Reinforced Nylon

Glass Reinforced Nylon

  • 255-275°C
  • 100°C
  • PEI Sheet
  • 1.75mm
  • 35g Sample, 0.5KG & 1KG Spool
  • Strong & Abrasion Resistant

Glass reinforced nylon filament, or as we like to call it Nylon Plus – is essentially a harder and slightly stiffer version of Nylon. The main benefits to this material, aside from mentioned above is its abrasion resistance.

Need to print something that needs to take quite a bit of rough and tumble that’s got a low friction coefficient and hard wearing? Like rc helicopter landing skids, or similar (OK, so we’re not thinking very inventively right now). This could be your go-to for tough stuff.

Otherwise settings are similar to our standard Nylon 12. How about needing something outrageously tough, hard and durable? Keep reading – specialist high performance filaments just stepped up a gear.

Glass reinforced nylon filament, or as we like to call it Nylon Plus – is essentially a harder and slightly stiffer version of Nylon. The main benefits to this material, aside from mentioned above is its abrasion resistance.

Need to print something that needs to take quite a bit of rough and tumble that’s got a low friction coefficient and hard wearing? Like rc helicopter landing skids, or similar (OK, so we’re not thinking very inventively right now). This could be your go-to for tough stuff.

Otherwise settings are similar to our standard Nylon 12. How about needing something outrageously tough, hard and durable? Keep reading – specialist high performance filaments just stepped up a gear.

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Carbon Reinforced Nylon

Carbon Reinforced Nylon

Carbon Reinforced Nylon

  • 220-250°C
  • 20-50°C
  • Blue Painters Tape
  • 1.75mm & 2.85mm
  • 35g Sample, 0.5KG & 1KG Spool
  • Very Stiff & Strong

You’re likely familiar with the benefits of carbon fibre; low density, high strength, high stiffness.

Now imagine combining that with the highest performing (ultra durable and low friction) 3d printing material; Nylon 12.

This isn’t you’re run of the mill “basic filament with some added carbon” – essentially adding just enough carbon to justify giving it the name. This carbon fiber reinforced nylon filament is just about the highest performing, ultra stiff and durable specialist filament available.

For applications where compromise just won’t do, this is the carbon fibre filament.

You’re likely familiar with the benefits of carbon fibre; low density, high strength, high stiffness.

Now imagine combining that with the highest performing (ultra durable and low friction) 3d printing material; Nylon 12.

This isn’t you’re run of the mill “basic filament with some added carbon” – essentially adding just enough carbon to justify giving it the name. This carbon fiber reinforced nylon filament is just about the highest performing, ultra stiff and durable specialist filament available.

For applications where compromise just won’t do, this is the carbon fibre filament.

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translucent Filaments

There are a few different translucent 3d print filaments available. There are pros and cons of each. Available in translucent or transparent colours are PETG, Polycarbonate and PLA. As to which is actually printed clear or translucent depends on the material and the printing technique.

For a full guide and breakdown comparison on how to print each material as clear as possible, you might want to check out our how to print clear filament guide.

For now, let’s delve into the last material to cover. It’s another underrated filament you’ve likely not tried before – but we think it’s fantastic.

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PMMA

PMMA

PMMA

  • 245-255°C
  • 100°C
  • Blue Painters Tape / Glue Stick
  • 1.75mm
  • 35g Sample, 1KG Spool
  • Hard & Shatter Resistant

This is our newest addition to the support filaments range. It’s perhaps the easiest support to actually print with, and after your model is finished (as the name suggests) the support areas simply break away. Specially formulated to adhere well to your main print material when hot, but break off easily when cool – this is for most people the best support to date. Leaving a smooth finished print, and not requiring submerging your model in any liquids for extended periods of time after printing. We’d recommend this support for all prints where you can access the required support areas. However if there’s some support necessary deep inside a complex model – you may prefer to use a soluble support.

This is our newest addition to the support filaments range. It’s perhaps the easiest support to actually print with, and after your model is finished (as the name suggests) the support areas simply break away. Specially formulated to adhere well to your main print material when hot, but break off easily when cool – this is for most people the best support to date. Leaving a smooth finished print, and not requiring submerging your model in any liquids for extended periods of time after printing. We’d recommend this support for all prints where you can access the required support areas. However if there’s some support necessary deep inside a complex model – you may prefer to use a soluble support.

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