Filament Comparisons

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Filament Comparisons

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This blog covers some of the common filaments that are used for 3D printing. There is no fixed temperature of the hot end and heat bed for the filaments and it depends on the type of 3D printer and also on the filament manufacturers. Here, we have provided the general temperature settings that can be used. You can start from the temperature within the range and then check the quality of your prints. If the print quality is not good, try experimenting with different temperature settings until you get a quality print.

PLA (Polylactic Acid)

PLA is the most common 3D printing material. PLA is bio-degradable and odorless.
Extrusion Temperature = 185°C – 220°C
Bed Temperature = 40°C – 70°C

ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)

ABS is also commonly used for 3D printing. As compared to PLA, ABS is less brittle and can withstand higher temperatures. As ABS contracts on cooling which may lead to warping problems, heated bed is recommended.
Extrusion Temperature = 220°C – 240°C
Bed Temperature = 60°C – 90°C

PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate)

PET is a high strength polymer and can be used to make plastic bottles or food containers. It produces no odor or fumes when printed and barely warps.
Extrusion Temperature = 210°C – 240°C
Bed Temperature = 40°C – 70°C

Nylon

Nylon offers high strength and is tear resistant. Nylon can be used to make functional industrial parts.
Extrusion Temperature = 230°C – 270°C
Bed Temperature = 60°C – 90°C

Flexible

Flexible material is used to make parts that can bend like stoppers, belts, phone cases. It feels and acts like a flexible rubber.
Extrusion Temperature = 210°C – 230°C
Bed Temperature = 30°C – 60°C

Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate is extremely strong and very resistant to impact.
Extrusion Temperature = 270°C – 320°C
Bed Temperature = 90°C – 105°C


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