You’ve just purchased a 3D printer and you wander: which filament should I use to suit my requirements? Buying the right filament isn’t as easy as it looks at first glance. Currently there are many types on the market. Each having its own properties and uses. Our purpose is to answer your questions and to make the purchase into something you will enjoy doing.
As stated above there are many types of filament on the market. Most of them you can buy online. In addition to the number of available filaments, there are differences in the quality of the various materials. A lot of people think ordering cheap filament from China saves them money. The result however is lower quality, with a higher risk of getting your 3D printer stuck or even damaging it. The best course of action is to buy your filament from a reliable partner with the right amount of knowledge. We at Leapfrog 3D Printers don’t only sell high quality filaments, but also test them at our own Research & Development department. We don’t take the quality at face value. Instead, we test it ourselves. In the following text we will discuss different types of filaments.
PLA filament is made out of a material that is very versatile in its application. Possibly one of its best properties is the fact that it is biodegradable. Additionally, PLA has a lower melting point than ABS which allows printing at higher speeds. It also offers more accuracy leading to a more smooth result. Finally, PLA filament has a lower tendency to split than ABS. We offer PLA filaments in various colours on our website.
Recommended settings on your 3D printer: Filament extruder temperature 210 °C, bed temperature 45 °C.
We all know ABS filament, even when we think we don’t. LEGO is made from it, for example. Do you require a strong and durable component? ABS then probably best suits your requirements. You can buy this strong and stiff filament in thirteen clear and durable colours. Typical for printing with ABS filament is a distinct smell off burned plastic. We recommend that you print in a room with plenty of air circulation.
Recommended settings on your 3D printer: Filament extruder temperature 250 °C, bed temperature 80 °C.
This type should be used by someone who has some experience in 3D printing. We strongly recommend that you don’t use PVA filament until you have mastered the basics of 3D printing. PVA filament is soluble in water and attaches well to different sorts of plastics. Because of these properties PVA filament is an excellent supporting material for dual extruder 3D printing. It creates a wide array of new possibilities.
Recommended settings on your 3D printer: Filament extruder temperature 200 °C, bed temperature 60 °C.
Nylon filament provides you with number of very interesting properties. Nylon filament is flexible, strong and resistant to ultraviolet light and various kinds of chemicals. A high temperature of both printing and bed are required to print with nylon filament. Amongst its more conventional uses is the printing of models.
Recommended settings on your 3D printer: Filament extruder temperature 245 °C, bed temperature 80 °C.
3D printing is fun. But the real fun starts with flex filament. This is an ultra-flexible and extremely strong type of filament for 3D printers. It opens the way to printing flexible objects with elastic properties.
Recommended settings on your 3D printer: Filament extruder temperature 210-255 °C, bed temperature 20-50 °C.