Printing advanced engineering materials
Typically, desktop FDM printers can mainly print with generic PLA which is a basic type of plastic that is great for rapid prototyping but not for functional components. The Leapfrog Bolt Pro is able to print with a wide variety of materials, such as ABS (strong engineering plastic), Flex (3D print flexible material allowing a wide range of moving parts), Polycarbonate (light and chemically inert), HT (high temperature resistant), PET-G (strong and UV resistant) and a soluble support.
However, there is also an improved version of PLA available in the Leapfrog webshop; Engineering PLA. Engineering PLA gives stronger and more durable results. When tensile testing an ABS print and Engineering PLA print, the Engineering PLA came out on top. This means that it is very suitable for 3D printing (easy to print) and now gives the strength you are looking for for functional parts.
And through Leapfrog’s open material policy, the engineer is able to test their own materials as well! Four key technical innovations allow such a wide range of materials to be printed: Independent Dual Extruders, High Temperature hotends, a direct drive system and a full enclosure of the built volume for a stable printing environment.