If you’ve been looking for somewhere that stocks the right accessories for your machine, you’ve come to the right place. Like regular printers use paper, 3D printers use filament to get the job done. We have two different types of filament for sale, including ABS and PLA.
Understanding exactly which specific way to go regarding filament types can get a bit confusing. There are several differences and advantages for both ABS and PLA materials which we’ve noted below for your convenience:
This type of oil-based material (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) is one of the two most commonly-used materials for personal desktop 3D printing purposes. It is more durable and flexible than its counterpart, and as it contracts when cooled, requires a heated bed. Bonding can be achieved using either adhesives or solvents.
The other most commonly-used material for desktop 3D printing is PLA (Polylactic Acid). While it’s more fragile than ABS material, it is plant-based (corn starch) instead of oil-based, and as a result is seen as a more environmentally-friendly because it’s made up of a renewable resource. One of the major benefits of PLA over ABS is its ability to be crafted in a much finer detail when used in conjunction with a well-tuned printer.
In the end, the decision is entirely yours. It would depend on what you’ll primarily be using your 3D printer for, so consider the pros and cons of each of the materials to determine which is best. As an example, if your printer doesn’t have a heated bed (or the heated bed’s maximum temperature is not high enough) you should opt for PLA. Conversely, if your printer doesn’t have a cooling fan that is directed at the nozzle, you should go for ABS.
We are always happy to offer our professional advice regarding filament, so you are more than welcome to call us on +61 (0) 468 417 208 and discuss with our friendly and professional staff in Australia about what would be best for your individual requirements. Otherwise, feel free to send us an email or fill out our online enquiry form and we’ll be sure to reply ASAP.