Thanks to advancements in technology, 3D printing has become a popular printing method with a range of different applications. It’s main purpose is to create objects of different sizes and shapes by building in layers. This allows for the production of 3D models that have precise dimensions and provide a great representation of a certain design, whether that be a building design, a layout of a house or a prototype of a new fancy gadget. With that being said 3D printing can be used in a range of industries. Due to their advanced design and many practical features, 3D printers are able to deliver a design in a timely and efficient manner. This allows for more creative and flexible development of different design ideas.
A few years ago creating a prototype of a certain design was a time consuming and expensive process. With the introduction of 3D printers the process was greatly improved. These days, designers have the opportunity to obtain a highly accurate prototype within a few hours, depending on its complexity. Even more complex models can be quickly developed with a modern 3D printer. In addition to allowing rapid production of different prototypes, 3D printing gives you the opportunity to easily modify and customise your designs. One way you can achieve this is by trying out different materials for printing. These are known as 3d filament materials that can differ in both quality and performance.
Among all the different types of 3d filament materials Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) is the most commonly used one. It’s well know for its sturdy construction and high resistance to impact, which make it ideal for many different applications. Another great thing about this type of filament material is its relatively low price compared to other 3d filament materials. What’s more, ABS is easy to use and its flexibility allows for the creations of a variety of shapes. It’s most commonly used in the creation of automotive parts, electronic assemblies, kitchen appliances and toys.
Polylactic acid (PLA) is a thermoplastic with bio-gradable features that is commonly used in 3D printing. This filament material is made for sugar cane, cornstarch and potato starch, which are all removable sources. This makes it an eco-friendly choice for brining your creative design ideas to life. Unlike ABS that can produce toxic odour during printing, you won’t have this issue with PLA that has a pleasant aroma that resembles a lot the smell of candy.