3D Printing Materials
MULTICOLOR - Composite powder
Composite powder is the only 3D printing material capable of full-color 3D prints. It is able to work with millions of color. This material is used for CJP (Color Jet Printing) technology. Thanks to the technology it is capable to work with high resolution and able to print the very fine details. It does not require additional painting. Because of the 3D printing technology and the full color availability this material is very suitable for decorations, ornaments, replicas, models, sculptures other vizualization items printing. Due to the fragility it is recomennded for decoration purposes. The surface is slightly grainy like most of the sandstone.
Steel is the cheapest metal for 3D printing material. Due to its strength and abrasion resistance, it is ideal for making custom objects and gifts with full functionality. Printing technology makes it possible to print very detailed models from steel. The unique 3D printed steel products we deliver are 60% 420 stainless steel and 40% bronze alloys.
There are two types of surface finishing work: polished and natural. The natural steel is light grayish-brown and its surface is finely rough.
PLA - monochrome, plastic
The PLA (Polylactic Acid) is an environmentally friendly, biodegradable thermoplastic material. PLA is made from bio materials like cornstarch, sugar cane, tapioca root or even potato starch which makes it biodegradable. PLA materials (filaments) are used by FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) 3D printing technology. PLA is available in most colors and may be translucent, wooden or metallic like.
The layer bonding is very strong with PLA , however, the material itself is brittle and will break or crack if you drop it. Due to FDM 3D printing technology, stepping is visible and creates a coarse surface finish. If you need something for engineering purposes then we recommend a tougher material that might be more appropriate. So, PLA is recommended for decoration purposes or concept models to test the size, aesthetics and functionality of final design.
ABS - monochrome, plastic
ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) is slightly stronger and flexible than PLA, so if you are looking for strength in a print, ABS might be a suitable material. The strength and durability give your product a longer service life (LEGO parts are made from ABS as well). ABS materials (filaments) are used by FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) 3D printing technology. It has poor UV resistance, so this is why it is not recommended if you plan using your print outdoors.
ABS can be ideally used for daily products, gifts where the usage of printed item is also important besides the decoration purpose.
We know that reading and learning about printing materials is one thing, seeing and touching them another. You may have never meet them and unsure about the 3D printing materials quality, that's why we have created 3D printed sample kits. To looking and touching them closely will help you to decide which 3D printing material fits your unique design best.