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We have at your disposal large range of materials that can be adapted to the needs of your project.

We work preferably with PLA due to it’s biodegradability and environmental friendliness. For application where flexibility is the core, we recommend FLEX materials. If it’s going to be used several times in contact with food we recommend PETG, even if PLA is also food compliant there are more cautions to be made. For more extreme situations of heat or resistance we also have solutions in terms of what material to be used.

PLA

PLA has an advantage to melt at relatively low temperatures (around 175 Celsius), and can be reheated several times with losing it’s properties and, it’s biodegradable. It’s a material with extremely high stiffness, so it means it breaks easily, mainly in the direction of the printing layers.

Even if it’s one of the most common materials being used for 3D printing it’s no perfect. It starts flexing around 60 degrees Celsius, and if you leave it outside colours may fade since it’s low resistance to UV’s.

Even if it’s biodegradable and considered food safe, we don’t recommend that you’d drink or eat several times on the parts. Bacterias can develop on small cracks or between the layers steps. A protective food safe coat should be applied if you want to reuse the parts several times.

For part finishing, we recommend that it would be used wet sand paper, since that with friction PLA will melt and make post-processing a more difficult task. If the part is larger than our printing area, we can always create bonding areas and glue the parts together.

FLEX

FLEX, from Flexfill, it’s an elastic filament with Shore 98A, which means it’s a solid rubber similar with roller blades or skate wheels.

It’s a thermoplastic from the TPU family, with high wear resistance, it maintains it’s flexibility even at lower temperatures. It’s also resistant to most solvents could even be sterilised without losing it’s properties.

As applications for this material we can give examples as mobile phones cases, box sealant for an action cam or the wheels of an RC car.

ABS

ABS it’s a material very versatile and resistant with good thermal capacities. Can be used on inside and outside parts due to it’s good resistance to the elements. As the PLA, it can also be reheated several times with losing it’s properties.

Since it’s more resistant than PLA, it’s impact strength is higher and so it’s capability to withstand higher temperatures, up to 98 degrees Celsius.

Soluble in acetone, it allows to be given a shiny surface with acetone vapours. The same is valid if we want to join two parts together without using glue.

To know how tough is ABS, think about LEGO parts and when was the last time you stepped on one.

PETG

PETG is a very resistant material both to high temperatures and wear.

PET is found commonly on water bottles, so is food safe and is one of the best options if we are printing parts that will have constant contact with food.

The “G” in PETG is a molecule of glicol, that is added in the manufacture process of the filament, which adds more mechanical properties to PET. Printed parts are more transparent and less brittle.

It’s a material recommended to indoor and outdoor usage.

High Temperature Co-polymer

HT or High Temperature it’s a material developed between Colorfabb and Eastman Chemical Company, based on Amphora HT5300 co-polymer. It’s a PLA based polymer, without styrene, with one of the highest temperature resistance (up to 100 degrees Celsius) and with high stiffness.

It has one particularity of being extremely resistant (comparing with PLA or ABS) and it’s recommended to mechanical components. At the end of the print, the steps between layers are less visible and has a glossy finish.

Carbon Fiber Co-polymer

XT CF20, it’s a material developed between Colorfabb and Eastman Chemical Company, based on Amphora 3D and has in it’s composition 20% of carbon fibres.

It has a great capability to maintain mechanical and thermal characteristics. Recommended for parts that are functional and aesthetically. Commonly its used for RC vehicles, drones, aerospace, automotive and for prototypes. It’s one of the most versatile material developed by this partnership.

PLA

PLA has an advantage to melt at relatively low temperatures (around 175 Celsius), and can be reheated several times with losing it’s properties and, it’s biodegradable. It’s a material with extremely high stiffness, so it means it breaks easily, mainly in the direction of the printing layers.

Even if it’s one of the most common materials being used for 3D printing it’s no perfect. It starts flexing around 60 degrees Celsius, and if you leave it outside colours may fade since it’s low resistance to UV’s.

Even if it’s biodegradable and considered food safe, we don’t recommend that you’d drink or eat several times on the parts. Bacterias can develop on small cracks or between the layers steps. A protective food safe coat should be applied if you want to reuse the parts several times.

For part finishing, we recommend that it would be used wet sand paper, since that with friction PLA will melt and make post-processing a more difficult task. If the part is larger than our printing area, we can always create bonding areas and glue the parts together.

FLEX

FLEX, from Flexfill, it’s an elastic filament with Shore 98A, which means it’s a solid rubber similar with roller blades or skate wheels.

It’s a thermoplastic from the TPU family, with high wear resistance, it maintains it’s flexibility even at lower temperatures. It’s also resistant to most solvents could even be sterilised without losing it’s properties.

As applications for this material we can give examples as mobile phones cases, box sealant for an action cam or the wheels of an RC car.

ABS

ABS it’s a material very versatile and resistant with good thermal capacities. Can be used on inside and outside parts due to it’s good resistance to the elements. As the PLA, it can also be reheated several times with losing it’s properties.

Since it’s more resistant than PLA, it’s impact strength is higher and so it’s capability to withstand higher temperatures, up to 98 degrees Celsius.

Soluble in acetone, it allows to be given a shiny surface with acetone vapours. The same is valid if we want to join two parts together without using glue.

To know how tough is ABS, think about LEGO parts and when was the last time you stepped on one.

PETG

PETG is a very resistant material both to high temperatures and wear.

PET is found commonly on water bottles, so is food safe and is one of the best options if we are printing parts that will have constant contact with food.

The “G” in PETG is a molecule of glicol, that is added in the manufacture process of the filament, which adds more mechanical properties to PET. Printed parts are more transparent and less brittle.

It’s a material recommended to indoor and outdoor usage.

HIGH TEMPERATURE

CO-POLYMER

HT or High Temperature it’s a material developed between Colorfabb and Eastman Chemical Company, based on Amphora HT5300 co-polymer. It’s a PLA based polymer, without styrene, with one of the highest temperature resistance (up to 100 degrees Celsius) and with high stiffness.

It has one particularity of being extremely resistant (comparing with PLA or ABS) and it’s recommended to mechanical components. At the end of the print, the steps between layers are less visible and has a glossy finish.

CARBON FIBER

CO-POLYMER

XT CF20, it’s a material developed between Colorfabb and Eastman Chemical Company, based on Amphora 3D and has in it’s composition 20% of carbon fibres.

It has a great capability to maintain mechanical and thermal characteristics. Recommended for parts that are functional and aesthetically. Commonly its used for RC vehicles, drones, aerospace, automotive and for prototypes. It’s one of the most versatile material developed by this partnership.

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