Consumables

Quick overview of current consumables used in 3D printing, with focus on ABS, PLA and PVA.

Spot-e Elastic Resin for Flexible Prints

Spot-E is a flexible, elastic resin with low viscosity. This resin is best for projects that require rubbery, soft yet resilient materials. Spot-E is formulated using base products that provide great elongation behavior of up to 100% and has very low viscosity.

  • Usage Recommendations:Flexible, Resilient prints
  • XY Resolution: 50 to 100 Microns
  • Resin Company: Spot-A Materials

Spot-HT

Spot-HT is a durable resin with high curing speed and low viscosity. This resin is the best option for projects that require high resolution.

  • Usage Recommendations:High Resolution Prints
  • XY Resolution:37 to 50 Microns (Bronze) / 50 to 75 Microns (Grey)
  • Resin Company: Spot-A Materials

3DM – ABS

3DM-ABS is designed to simulate standard ABS plastics by combining temperature resistance and toughness. This resin performs well for industries that require accurate, functional prototypes.With these ABS-like properties, 3DM-ABS offers durability, low shrinkage, and both chemical and impact resistance.Examples include: aerospace, architecture, art, automotive, electronic, toys, molds and mechanical assemblies.

  • Usage Recommendations:Strong, Functional Prints
  • XY Resolution: 50 to 100 Microns
  • Resin Company: 3D-Materials

Fun to do – Deep Black

The Deep Black resin (industrial blend) is great for prints about 50 micron resolution. The dark, clean finish of black resin is perfect for prints requiring higher details and for people who need to vulcanize their prints afterwards.

  • Usage Recommendations:High Resolution Prints for vulcanizing
  • XY Resolution: 50 Microns
  • Resin Company: Fun To Do

3DM Castable Resin

3DM-Cast is designed for extremely high-resolution printing and direct investment casting.With its high curing speed and excellent surface finish, 3DM-Cast provides excellent burnout properties with extremely low thermal expansion.3DM-Cast safeguards very fine details and produces accurate master patterns for the vacuum lost wax casting process.

  • Usage Recommendations:Direct investment casting, lost wax casting process, for prints requiring resolution more detailed than 30 microns (XY resolution)
  • XY Resolution: 25 to 50 Microns
  • Resin Company: 3DM-Cast

Fun To Do Snow White

The Snow White resin (standard blend) will help you achieve ultra-white prints, perfect for prints that require 75-100 microns. With a milky, white finish, you will have endless options of how to use this resin.

  • Usage Recommendations:General Purpose
  • XY Resolution: 75 to 100 Microns
  • Resin Company: Fun to Do

3DM-XSeries: XGreen

3DM-XGreen is designed for prints that require both toughness and flexibility. Prints printed with this resin are more resistant to fracture and cracking. This resin is one of the easiest to print as it has a wider tolerance window for printing parameters. It also has one of the shortest exposure time.

  • Usage Recommendations:Functional parts, snap fitting parts
  • XY Resolution: 50 to 75 Microns
  • Resin Company: 3D-Materials

FIBROX 3D is one of the prominent names in 3D printing industry. We are always focused to keep things simple. We are always aimed to revolutionize 3D printing technology and to make it easy for common public to understand and use. We only stock the best quality consumables for 3D printers.

Filaments are the raw materials for the Fused Deposition Machines (FDM's) 3d printing. Filaments can be of many materials. Almost all types of filaments come in 3mm and 1.75mm diameter. Your choice of diameter will depend upon the type of extruder you are using in 3d printer.

Common Materials:

PLA (Polylactic Acid)

PLA (Polylactic Acid) is one of the two most commonly used desktop 3D printing materials. PLA is a corn based polymer and hence 100% environment friendly. PLA has property of low-warp and does not require a heated bed.On the whole PLA works better in the machine, requiring lower temperatures and giving stronger, more hard-wearing products.

It is a biodegradable thermoplastic derived from several renewable sources like sugarcane, cornstarch, and potato starch or tapioca roots. This way, PLA is the most eco-friendly plastic in 3D printing industry, when compared to other petrochemical based consumables like PVA or ABS.

PLA is used in surgical implants and medical suturing, as it can degrade in lactic acid present in the body. The surgically implanted pins, screws, mesh or rods just break down in your body from 6 months to 2 years.

This consumable is also used in bags, food packaging, upholstery, disposable tableware, hygiene products, disposable garments, and diapers. Hence, it is known to be a safe choice. For those looking to print PLA cups or other items for drink and food, keep in mind that the coloring pigments may not be as safe as PLA.

ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)

ABS is another commonly used 3D printer material. Best used for making durable parts that need to withstand higher temperatures. In comparison to PLA, ABS plastic is less ‘brittle.’ It can also be post-processed with acetone to provide a glossy finish. When 3D printing with ABS filament a heated printing surface is recommended, as ABS plastic will contract when cooled leading to warped parts.

ABS has been in use widely for different applications these days. Some of the common examples are automotive components, pipes manufacturing, electronic assemblies, kitchen appliances, protective headgear, musical instruments, and protective carry cases and toys.

It is a very strong and durable material which is quite resistant to heat and flexible. 3D printing can process ABS plastics to operate with hot end at around 210 Deg. C. of temperature. So, a 3D printer can process ABS which is well loaded with heated printbed to prevent cracking or warping of materials.

ABS is very affordable consumable and is the best choice for 3D printing community. It is best suited for different purposes, especially because it can be pained and sanded easily. The broken or printed parts can be glued well and is soluble with acetone. It generally comes in black, white, yellow, blue, and green colors. It can also have matte appearance or can be transparent.

But it is non-biodegradable, petroleum-based plastic which can be recycled. It creates mild fumes that may irritate sensitive skin. So, it is important to install the printed in a properly ventilated area on a specific fume hood. If it is no longer used, store it in airtight container. It attracts moisture and it can affect print quality.

Wood - Wood Composite Filament

Wood 2.85 mm filament is a mixture of 40% recycled wood with a binding polymer. This wood/polymer composite allows the filament to be printed just like thermoplastic filaments – such as ABS and PLA – but gives your creation a wooden-like appearance.After printing is done, the object will look and smell like wood. We can even cut, grind and paint our creations similar to what we can do with wooden objects

Nylon Filament

Nylon filament is a versatile 3D printing material, which prints as a bright natural to white with a translucent surface. It can also absorb colour added post process with most common, acid-based clothing dyes. The recommended extruder temperature for Nylon filament is 245°C.

PETG (PolyEthylene Terephthalate Glass) filament

The stuff plastic bottles are made of PETG filaments. In its original state it is colourless and crystal clear material, in short it is Opaque. PET is a fairly stiff and very lightweight material, which is very strong and impact-resistant.

PVA (Polyvinyl Alcohol) (Water soluble Filament)

PVA is generally used to print support structures with dual extruder printers. It is typically used as support material for PLA 3d prints. PVA (water soluble filament) will dissolve when exposed to moisture and so MUST be kept dry prior to use. The extruder temperature should not exceed – 160-175 C .This Filament is good for fine finishing of products.

It is a special water-soluble plastic. It is used most commonly as paper adhesive, a packaging film, a thickener, and in adult incontinence and feminine hygiene products. PVA bags are also used in freshwater sport fishing. It is often used in 3D printing with multiple or dual extruders to provide support to the object facing overhang problems.

Some of the complex prints consist of various overhangs where you don’t have any support on upper layers. It can simply collapse or warp. Until it is dissolved, the finished item is put in the water.

Flexible Filament

Flexible 3D printer filament is also known as Soft filament. This filament is good for printing rubber-like parts that can bend or flex. It is compatible with almost all desktop 3D printers.

HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene)

HIPS is dissolvable in Limonene, which is a quite strong chemical. It’s generally used to print support structures for ABS prints. HIPS is as easy to print with as ABS but is much less likely to warp. The main difference is that HIPS uses Limonene as a solvent.

Glow in the Dark filament

Glow in the Dark filament is used majorly for Decorative purposes , with special effects .Glow in Dark filament gets charges in the Light source and when the lights are switched off ( in Dark ) it glows . The product which is printed with this filament glows in the Dark.

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