The world of 3D printing continues to grow as more and more companies are adopting the technology.
These companies are looking for innovations, including new software, equipment, and even materials. If you’re new to 3D printing, you might find yourself thinking that thermoplastics are the only material at your disposal. You’d be wrong. Not only does this type of material come in a variety of forms — resin, powder, filament — there are numerous other materials available as well such as metal and sand. This guide should help you learn about currently available 3D printing materials, including their properties and potential applications. Types of 3D printing materials ABS Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, ABS for short, is a type of low-cost plastic that is water-, chemical-, and impact-resistant. It’s also tough and non-toxic. It retains color well and has a smooth finish. It becomes malleable at around 220 degrees C (430 F). These properties are what make ABS the material used in making Legos. They are also why ABS 3D printing is used in a variety of industries such as Architecture and Manufacturing. PLA Polylactic Acid, or PLA , is a fully biodegradable polymer plastic. This is because the material is […]
Materialise Manufacturing, a leader in 3-D printing solutions with U.S. operations based in Plymouth Township, has...