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3D Printing Material Information

ABS:

            ABS, or Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene is a tough and durable thermoplastic with the highest level of dimensional accuracy. Because of its ability to withstand higher temperatures, the 3D Printing Material is one of the most popular and commonly chosen materials on the market. For easier handling, print ABS using a heated Print bed and/or apply a mixture of ABS/Acetone, or a shot of hairspray beforehand to the print surface.  ABS can be used for full functional models, and is the closest material to real production models. 

 

Why we love it:

  • Prints at Higher Temperatures
  • Exceptionally Durable
  • Process in Acetone for Polished Finish
  • UV Resistant
  • Requires Less Manual Finishing

 

PLA:

            PLA, or Polylactic Acid is a commonly used thermoplastic material that does not require the use of a heated print bed.  Blending a mixture of plant-based materials and polymers creates PLA, making this material more earth friendly. Because of the lower melting temperatures and lack of warping, 3d printing material's color retains its vibrancy and is a common choice for display or small household prints.

 

Why we love it:

  • Less Warping
  • Heated Bed Not Required
  • Eco-friendly
  • Odorless
  • Uses Blue Painters Tape for Bed Adhesion

 

Wood Filament:

            Wood meets polymer with Hatchbox’s 3D Printing Wood Filament. This innovative 3D printing material allows for wood-like creations that are easy to sand, stain, or paint to produce more complex architectural designs. Using recycled wood particles that are blended with PLA filament, this filament is ideal for more realistic prints that are sure to impress and disguise the model was ever 3D printed. 

 

Why we love it: 

  • Made From Recycled Wood
  • Very Little Warp
  • Effortless Sanding and Staining of Prints
  • Easily Sticks to Printing Bed
  • Similar Thermal Durability as PLA

 

HIPS ABS:

            HIPS, or High Impact Polystyrene supports your most complex and highly detailed prints. HIPS is available for ABS prints depending on your preference in materials.  HIPS really shines as support for your prints, and is intended for use with dual extrusion printers.  After printing your design with HIPS, simply place the print in Limonene as a solvent and the HIPS will dissolve, leaving a sophistically detailed print. 

Why we love it:

  • Reliable Support for Intricate Designs
  • Dissolvable in Limonene to Easily Reveal Complex Print
  • Also Used to Create Softer Prints

 

HIPS PLA:

            HIPS, or High Impact Polystyrene supports your most complex and highly detailed prints. HIPS is available for PLA prints depending on your preference in materials.  HIPS really shines as support for your prints, and is intended for use with dual extrusion printers.  After printing your design with HIPS, simply place the print in Limonene as a solvent and the HIPS will dissolve, leaving a sophistically detailed print. 

 

Why we love it:

  • Reliable Support for Intricate Designs
  • Dissolvable in Limonene to Easily Reveal Complex Print
  • Also Used to Create Softer Prints

 

PETG:

           Perfect for strength and flexibility, PETG or Polyethylene Terephthlate Glycol-Modified filament is a great alternative to ABS or PLA filament.  PETG filaments can be processed over a wider processing range than conventional PET filaments and also offers a good combination of properties such as toughness, clarity, and stiffness.  Due to its easy adhesion, a heated bed is not necessary, and it may be printed on acrylic, glass, polyimide (Kapton) tape, or blue tape. Unlike other 3d printing materials, this filament is great for creating printing transparent or lightweight items due to its durability.

 

Why we love it:

  • Hydrophobic (doesn’t absorb moisture)
  • No heating bed required
  • Easy adhesion to a number of surfaces
  • Environmentally safe