Category: 3D Printing Materials

There is a wide variety of 3D printing materials available including engineering grade thermoplastics, flexible materials, composites and metal, with more new materials being formulated and released constantly.

Polycarbonate 3D Printing

What is Polycarbonate? Polycarbonate (PC) is a high-performance thermoplastic material with high impact strength and heat resistance. PC is very resistant to breaking or cracking when bent or put under stress, which is why it is one of the most common industrial thermoplastics on the market. Its ability to undergo high plastic deformation without cracking […]

5 Reason You Should Be Using Carbon Fiber 3D Printed Parts

Carbon Fiber is a premium composite 3D printing material that has impressive mechanical and thermal properties.  These physical properties combined with the increased design freedom that 3D printing offers makes carbon fiber an excellent choice for many functional and end-use applications.  We have broken down the 5 most important reasons that you should be using […]

How Strong Are 3D Printed Parts?

How Strong Are 3D Printed Parts? 3D Printing as a manufacturing method is still relatively new. Most applications since the birth of 3D printing in the 1980s have been centered around prototyping. However, with recent improvements in materials, machines, processes, and standards, 3D printed parts are being used ever more frequently in functional and end-use […]

Carbon Fiber: The Strongest 3D Printing Material

Manufacturing with High Strength 3D Printing Materials Many functional applications require components with high strength, stiffness and heat resistance. Although 3D printing materials differ greatly in their mechanical and thermal properties, carbon fiber reinforced filament provides superior strength, toughness and heat resistance to standard thermoplastic materials such as ABS. The combination of high performing thermoplastics […]

3D Printing and Composite Materials

Many industries including the aerospace, defense, automotive, construction, maritime and consumer products industries are increasingly turning to composite materials to make their products due to their enhanced performance.  Composites can be defined as the combination of two or more constituent materials that have significantly different physical properties from one another.  The advantages being that the […]

The Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing Materials

Material selection, undoubtedly, is a critical decision when producing with additive manufacturing.  There are general use thermoplastics, engineering-grade thermoplastics, composites,and ultra-performance materials with an ever-more expansive selection of new 3D printing materials being released every day.  As new materials continually enter the market, new applications and use-cases are also being discovered and utilized in tandem.  […]

ZABFAB’s 3D Printing Material Properties Guide

Most high-quality 3D printer filament manufacturers provide a technical data sheet for each of their filaments that contain some of the critical technical information about the material, including its mechanical properties, thermal properties, and electrical properties, to name a few.  The technical data sheet gives designers the information they need when designing products; these include, […]

PLA or ABS? Choosing a 3D Printing Material For Your Project.

PLA and ABS are two of the most common 3D printing materials. But one of the most important factors to consider when 3D Printing is choosing the correct material for your application. Both are low cost thermoplastics, and are capable of producing strong parts with a good level of detail in a variety of colors. […]