3-D Printing

Three printing makes digital prototypes turns into a real life model. Without 3-D filament it’s impossible to produce a 3-D print. There are two types of filament used in today’s 3-D printing industry. PLA Polyactid Acid and Acryloitrile Butadiene Styrene other two most common plastics.

What is PLA Filament
PLA can be made out of plant-based sources from corn, potatoe, or sugar. Most PLA 3-D prints will come out shinier and more vibrant looking. PLA filament is flexible and can be used in creating a variety of shapes up more difficult than other plastics. Because of its low melting point, 3-D models need to be kept out of the sun and hot places like the car or you risk your model be melted.

ABS is the same type of material used in Legos, car parts, and helmets. ABS is a lot stronger and a lot more harder than your PLA filament it typically has a longer lifecycle. It tends to warp though with not being printed on a hot surface it ABS cannot be used with food, drinking, or eating utensils. It gives off a distinctive smell when heated that PLA does not. There is no price difference between ABS and PLA, and most of the time your choice will be dependent on the type of 3-D printer you have.

The two different sizes ABS and PLA filament come in or 1.75 MM and 3 MM. There are no real price differences between PLA and ABS nor are their price increases based on the size. Spools can cost you anywhere from $25-$60. The seven most common colors used it 3-D printing are transparent, black, red, blue, green, yellow, and white. Finding filament online is pretty easy, some department stores I began selling 3-D printers and it’s only a matter time before they begin stocking 3-D filament. If you live in a small town your best choice is to search online for a quality PLA air ABS 3-D filament.

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