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Materials and Pricing

Disclaimer

The descriptions provided below provide general information regarding material properties.  Results may vary depending on the model design, quality of the print, etc.  Temperature information doesn't include rate of exposure.     

  1. Quick Reference
  2. Material Compatibility 
  3. Material Details

 

Quick Reference

MaterialCost per GramDescription
PLA $0.15 per gram Available on 41 printers, Versatile material that is reliable, Brittle compared to other filaments, Not suitable for temperatures higher than 50°C (122°F)
ABS $0.15 per gram Available on 1 printer, Good mechanical properties, Withstands temperatures up to 85º C (185º).
Tough PLA $0.15 per gram Available on 1 printer, Stronger than standard PLA.
PP $0.15 per gram Available on 1 printer, Electrically resistance, Chemically resistance, Light weight, Recyclable, Not suitable for temperatures higher than 105°C (221°F).
CPE $0.30 per gram Available on 1 printer, Chemical resistant, Tough and demonstrate good dimensional stability, Not suitable for temperatures higher than 70°C (158°F).
TPU 95A $0.30 per gram Available on 1 printer, Flexible filament, Corrosion resistance, Wear and tear resistance, High impact strength.
Nylon $0.30 per gram

Available on 1 printer,  Industrial-grade impact and abrasion resistance, Durable, High strength-to-weight ratio, Corrosion resistance to alkalis and organic chemicals, Not suitable for  temperatures higher than 80°C (176°F).

PC $0.30 per gram Available on 1 printer, Tough, Flame retardant characteristics, Retains form up to 110º C (230º F)
Break Away $0.30 per gram Available on 1 printer, Ultimaker Breakaway is a support material for multi-extrusion 3D printing. Breakaway support is quick to remove and does not need further post-processing for a quality finish on your 3D print. Designed for a hassle-free 3D printing experience, Breakaway provides good adhesion to ABS, Nylon, PLA, Tough PLA, CPE, or CPE+.
PVA - Not Available $0.45 per gram Available on 1 printer, Used for support material, Safe dissolution in tap water (no harmful chemicals required), Biodegradable with no hazardous by-products.

Material Compatibility

EXP. = Experimental

 PLATough PLAABSNylonCPEPCTPU 95APPPVABreak Away
PLA Yes Exp. No No No No No No Yes Yes
Tough PLA   Yes No No No No No No Yes Yes

ABS-Not Available

    Yes No No No Exp. No Exp. Yes
Nylon       Exp. No No Exp. No Yes Yes
CPE         Yes No No No Yes Yes
PC           Exp. Exp. No Yes Yes
TPU 95A             Exp.  No Exp. Exp.
PP               Exp No No
PVA - Not Available                  N/A  N/A
Break Away                   N/A

Material Details

PLA

 IMG 20171211 134306
A wearable mask made with PLA.  

Full Name:  Polylactic Acid
Cost: 
$0.15 a gram
Colors:  Various, opaque and translucent, PDF reference
Available Printers:  Makerbot Replicator 5th Gen (x36), Z18 (x5) and Ultimaker (x1)
Description:

  • Brittle compared to other plastics (ABS, Polycarbonate, Nylon, PP, CPE)
  • Good tensile strength( material able to withstand high loads in tension)
  • Good surface quality
  • Great for lost casting methods to create metal parts
  • Details such as sharp corners and edges print well and PLA printed objects will generally have a glossier look and feel
  • Prints in dual extrusion with PVA or Breakaway (Ultimaker Only)
  • Suited for: Household tools, toys, educational projects, show objects, prototyping, architectural models, as well as lost casting methods to create metal parts
  • Not suited for: Food contact and in vivo applications. Long term outdoor usage or applications where the printed part is exposed to temperatures higher than 50° C (122° F)

ABS

Full Name:  Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene
Cost: 
 $0.15 a gram
Colors:  Various, PDF reference
Available Printers:  Makerbot Replicator 2X (x1) and Ultimaker (x1, not available at this time)
Description:

  • Good mechanical properties (tensile strength, strain, plastic deformation)
  • Withstands temperatures up to 85º C (185º)
  • Great for exceptionally strong prototypes or end-use parts
  • Prints in dual extrusion with Breakaway support material
  • Not suitable for: Food contact and in vivo applications. Long term UV exposure can negatively affect properties of an ABS print. Applications where the printed part is exposed to temperatures higher than 85 °C

Tough PLA

Full Name:  Polylactic Acid
Cost: 
 $0.15 a gram
Colors:  Black and White
Available Printers:  Ultimaker (x1)
Description:

  • Impact strength similar to ABS, greater than regular PLA
  • Higher stiffness compared with ABS
  • Less brittle than regular PLA
  • Gives a more matte surface finish quality than our normal PLA
  • Suitable for post-processing with improved machinability compared to regular PLA
  • More reliable than ABS for larger prints, with no delamination or warping
  • Compatible with Ultimaker support materials (PVA and Breakaway) giving full geometric freedom when designing parts

PP

IMG 20190313 132420
A tea cup made from PP (polypropylene).

Full Name:  Polypropylene
Cost:  $0.15 a gram
Colors:  Translucent
Available Printers:  Ultimaker (x1)
Description:

  • Durable with high toughness and fatigue resistance (PP retains its shape after torsion, bending, and/or flexing)
  • Low friction and smooth surfaces
  • Semi-flexible
  • Chemical resistance to a wide range of bases and acids, including industrial cleaning agents
  • High electrical resistance makes it a good electrical insulator
  • Low density resulting in lightweight parts (high strength-to-weight ratio)
  • Recyclable, for low environmental impact
  • Suitable for: Functional prototypes, living hinges, connectors, lab equipment, moldings, stationery folders, packaging, storage boxes, protective covers, and light shades
  • Not suited for: Food contact applications and in vivo applications. Long term UV and/or moisture immersion, and applications where the printed part is exposed to temperatures higher than 105° C (221° F).

CPE

Full Name: Co-polyester (other aliases PET, or PETG)
Cost: 
 $0.30 a gram
Colors:  Light gray
Available Printers:  Ultimaker (x1)
Description:

  • Excellent chemical resistance
  • Excellent toughness and dimensional stability
  • Ideal for short run manufacturing and functional prototypes
  • Suitable for: Visual and functional prototyping, and short-run manufacturing
  • Not suitable for: Food contact and in vivo applications. Long term outdoor usage or applications where the printed part is exposed to temperatures higher than 70 °C (158° F)

 

TPU 95A

IMG 20190313 132254
Maneki Neko (luck or fortune cat) printed with TPU 95A, a flexible filament.

Full Name: Thermoplastic Polyurethane
Cost: 
 $0.30 a gram
Colors:  Black, white, Red, Blue
Available Printers:  Ultimaker (x1)
Description:

  • Flexible, similar to rubber
  • Exceptional wear and tear resistance
  • High impact strength
  • Good corrosion resistance to many common industrial oils and chemicals
  • Suited for: Functional prototyping, grips, guides, hinges, sleeves, snap-fit parts, and protective cases
  • Not suited for: Food contact applications and in vivo applications. Long term UV and/or moisture immersion and applications where the printed part is exposed to temperatures higher than 100 °C (212°F).

PC

polycarbonate example
A buckle printed with PC (polycarbonate).

Full Name: Polycarbonate
Cost: 
 $0.30 a gram
Colors:  Black, White, Translucent
Available Printers:  Ultimaker (x1)
Description:

  • High toughness, especially for the non-transparent filament options
  • Resists temperatures and retains form up to 110ºC (230ºF)
  • Flame retardant characteristics
  • Dimensionally stable
  • Allows printing of translucent parts for lighting applications with a transparent filament option
  • Suitable for: Lighting, molds, engineering parts, tools, functional prototyping, and
    short-run manufacturing
  • Not suitable for: Food contact and in vivo applications. Applications where the printed part is exposed to temperatures higher than 110 °C (230ºF)

Nylon

IMG 20190313 133004
A drone body printed with nylon filament.

Cost:  $0.30 a gram
Colors:  Black, White, Translucent
Available Printers:  Ultimaker (x1)
Description:

  • Industrial-grade impact and resistant to surface wear
  • Durable
  • High strength-to-weight ratio
  • Low friction coefficient (Smooth surface)
  • Good corrosion resistance to alkalis and organic chemicals
  • Reduced humidity absorption when compared to other Nylon filaments
  • Prints in dual extrusion with PVA or Breakaway
  • Suited for: Functional prototyping, tooling, and industrial modeling
  • Not suitable for: Food contact and in vivo applications. Applications where the printed part is exposed to temperatures higher than 80 °C
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Break Away

Full Name: Ultimaker Breakaway
Cost: 
 $0.30 a gram
Colors:  White
Available Printers:  Ultimaker (x1)
Description:

  • Used with multi-extrusion 3D printing. 
  • Quick to remove and does not need further post-processing for a quality finish on your 3D print.
  • Breakaway provides good adhesion to ABS, Nylon, PLA, Tough PLA, or CPE.
  • Not suitable for intricate, internal geometries where the support is not accessible for removal. Delicate objects with tiny details. 

PVA - Not Available at this Time

Full Name: Polyvinyl Alcohol
Cost: 
 $0.45 a gram
Colors:  Translucent
Available Printers:  Ultimaker (x1)
Description:

  • Safe dissolution in tap water (no harmful chemicals required).
  • Biodegradable with no hazardous by-products.
  • Good thermal stability resulting in better degradation resistance compared to other PVA filaments.
  • Great adhesion to PLA, Tough PLA, CPE, and Nylon.
  • Not suited for print materials ABS, CPE+, PC, and PP.
  • Use stirring/running water to decrease the dissolving time. Moving water enables the PVA to dissolve more quickly.
  • Warm water will decrease the dissolving time. When using PLA for the build material, ensure that the water is no hotter than 35 °C (95°F).