Thermoplastics and Composites
ZABFAB offers 3D Printed parts in a variety of engineering grade and composite 3D printing materials. We have many colors to choose from that we keep on hand, but are not limited to the list below. For more information on the mechanical and thermal properties of our materials, check out the ZABFAB 3D printing material properties guide.
Polylactic Acid (PLA)
Polylactic Acid (PLA) is the most widely used 3D printing material used for plastic fabrication. PLA allows for very strong and highly precise prints, allowing it to be used for a variety of functional and aesthetic applications. PLA is made from renewable resources and is not hazardous to dispose of, thus making it very environmentally friendly.
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) is an engineering grade 3D printing material that also offers a high degree of strength and a sharp level of detail. The main difference between PLA and ABS is that ABS is more heat resistant, more ductile, and more durable. Whereas PLA has a higher tensile strength, but is more brittle.
Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU)
Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is a flexible 3D printing material. TPU provides great durability, strength and resistance to abrasion, grease and oil. It is perfect for applications that require high flexibility such as seals, hinges, sleeves, and snap-fit parts. ZABFAB's default shore hardness is 95A, but we can manufacture flexible products ranging from 85A to 75D hardness.
Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate (ASA)
ASA is an engineering grade 3D printing material that has similar mechanical properties to ABS, but it adds higher weather resistance, making it great for outdoor applications. It has excellent UV and chemical resistance with much lower levels of yellowing compared to ABS when left in direct sunlight over an extended period.
Nylon (PA6) is an engineering grade 3D printing material with excellent strength, toughness, durability, and heat resistance. Great for functional prototypes, fixtures and jigs, and end-use parts. Because of nylon's excellent properties, it is a popular material for applications in the aerospace, defense, automotive, medical and consumer products industries. For more information on nylon, check out the ZABFAB materials guide.
ZABFAB's carbon fiber is a premium 3D printing material that has a PA 6 nylon base reinforced with high-modulus carbon fiber, which adds strength, stiffness, durability, heat resistance, and chemical resistance. Carbon fiber reinforced nylon is great for functional prototypes and end-use production parts. It offers the best material properties, great dimensional stability, and excellent surface quality.
ZABFAB's fiberglass is a premium composite 3D printing material that provides excellent impact resistance for applications requiring high durability and repeated shock. Fiberglass can absorb large and repeated impacts while maintaining dimensional accuracy and structural integrity. The PA 6 nylon base provides good strength, durability and heat resistance. The addition of glass fibers adds further strength, stiffness, durability, heat resistance, and chemical resistance ensuring top performance in extreme conditions. Fiberglass is great for functional prototypes and end-use production parts that will be exposed to extreme conditions and repeated impacts.
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Compare 3D Printing Materials
|Material||Tensile Strength (break)||Tensile Modulus (stiffness)||Durability||Heat Distortion Temperature|
|PLA||53 MPa||3447 MPa||1 KJ/m||52 C|
|ABS||32 MPa||2265 MPa||13 KJ/m||98 C|
|Carbon Fiber||100 MPa||6000 MPa||60 KJ/m||155 C|
|ASA||40 MPa||1726 MPa||15 KJ/m||96 C|
|Fiberglass||95 MPa||4000 MPa||80 KJ/m||160 C|
|Nylon||42 MPa||1600 MPa||30 KJ/m||105 C|
|Polycarbonate||62 MPa||2048 MPa||26 KJ/m||113 C|
|TPU (Flexible)||39 MPa||26 MPa||34 KJ/m||74 C|