What is printed on a 3D printer, and how to choose the material?

What is printed on a 3D printer, and how to choose the material?

Innovative technologies. The third industrial revolution. Additive technology. Such slogans we can often meet in the world today. 3D printing - is additive technology for creating objects from 3D models. 3D printing- an innovative technology, is aimed at creating a single, unique products.

All this information often leads to the question, what actually can be printed on a 3D printer and with what material? In this article we will try to formulate concrete answers to this question.

Let's consider the 3D printing by FDM technology - forming the product by layering polymer melt. A wide range of polymers with different properties can be used as the starting polymeric material. Selection of the starting material polymer should be done according to the requirements for the finished product, which should be manufactured using the 3D printing.

For example, if printed on a 3D printer product will be use in contact with food products, as a raw material for its 3D printing should choose HDPE, PP or PLA.

For the technical purpose parts - gears, bushings, bearings, clutches, washers, gaskets, seals, etc. - would choose materials that provide sufficient strength of the finished product, as well as resistant to abrasion, with good slip. For these purposes there are coPET, PET, PC, PBT, Elastan, Plastan.

Getting high-quality thin-walled products for various purposes with the help of 3D printing can be realized by using the ABS +, SuperPLA, Elastan. These polymeric materials provide good adhesion between the layers in the process of 3D printing, do not come off from the desktop, do not distort the shape of the printed product.

Producing of unique and exclusive gifts and toys with the help of 3D printing is possible with the use of consumables for 3D printing with specific properties. These may include: materials with a certain smell - orange, rose; materials, that are glowing in the dark, UV; materials, that are capable to conduct a current.

Summarizing all information, it should be noted that with the help of 3D printing it is possible to make in a reality almost any your dream.

Posted: October 19, 2017
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