3D Printing Materials

From general prototyping materials to
engineering grade polymers - we have it all.

FDM 3D Printing Materials

Our FDM materials make an excellent starting point when first testing out 3D printing, and how it fits within your design process. These materials are cost-effective, and have a good balance of toughness, stiffness and surface quality. It is worth considering that not all designs are suitable for FDM printing, especially parts with large 'overhangs'.

Tough PLA

Tough PLA Gears

A tougher version of PLA with properties closer to those of ABS. An excellent prototyping material, with slightly better quality than Recycled PLA.

Tough PLA

Recycled PLA

SLS 3D Printed Bike Pedal

A recycled bioplastic material made from factory waste streams. Perfect for large models, first prototypes, and available in a range of colours.

Recycled PLA

PET-G

SLS 3D Printed Bike Pedal

PET-G is a strong and hard general prototyping material that has a little bit of flex. It is UV resistant and withstands higher temperatures than PLA.

PET-G

Choosing the right material for your application is the most important part of the 3D printing process. For the best results, a close match between your desired properties and the material is required. Feel free to reach out to us for help!

SLA 3D Printing Materials

Each of these materials has a very different feel to the rest. All of these materials have a smooth, satin surface, but after that, the similarities between them stop. Pay careful attention to the different impact resistance of these materials in particular, as well as their colour and appearance.

Standard Resin

Multiple Grey Resin sample parts.

A smooth and hard material, with a satin, matte surface. Perfect for 'looks like' prototypes that need a near injection moulded finish.

Standard Resin

Clear Resin

SLS 3D Printed Bike Pedal

A nearly completely transparent material, for prototyping optics, and for parts where fluid flow needs to be observed within a component.

Clear Resin

Tough 1500 Resin

SLS 3D Printed Bike Pedal

A certified skin-safe material, with a balanced combination of stiffness and durability. For general engineering prototypes, with a bit of flex.

Tough 1500 Resin

Durable Resin

A Durable Resin component

An extremely tough material, that can be used to mimic polypropylene. Has the lowest coefficient of friction of any of our materials, and is slightly flexible.

Durable Resin

Flame Retardant Resin

An automotive part made using flame retardant resin.

Flame retardant resin has UL 94 V-0 blue card certification and can be successfully used for a wide variety of different engineering applications.

Flame Retardant Resin

When designing parts that need high strength, bear in mind that 3D printed materials are anisotropic. This means that the strength in x and y axis, along the print bed, will be much greater than the strength in the z axis, perpendicular to the print bed. Careful design is therefore required to get the highest performance from 3D printed materials.

High Performance 3D Printing Materials

High performance 3D printing materials that have outstanding material properties, and are suitable for a wide variety of production ready components and engineering scenarios. Choose these for the highest temperature and chemical resistance, durability, and dimensional accuracy we can offer.

Onyx

An Onyx Gear

A blend of nylon and carbon fibre, for demanding applications. Excellent dimensional stability, surface finish and heat resistance.

Onyx

FBGR Onyx

SLS 3D Printed Bike Pedal

Onyx on steroids. Continuous glass fibre is added in select locations to maximise the strength, stiffness and durability of this already outstanding material.

FBGR Onyx

SLS Nylon

SLS 3D Printed Bike Pedal

This material offers the greatest design freedom as it prints support-free. Good for production runs, as it is more scalable than other materials.

SLS Nylon

FAQs

What material should I choose?

Choosing the right 3D printing material is critical to achieving the best result, but is very tricky to get right without lots of experience. Luckily, we have that. Reach out to us and we will discuss your exact requirements and recommend the bets options.

Can you print in other materials to those listed?

Sometimes we can, yes. If you provide your own materials then we can often use them, so long as they are compatible with our machines, and are of high enough quality. Alternatively, for a small surcharge we can often buy in custom materials specially for your order.

Can you 3D print in metal?

Right now we don't offer any metal options, but we're looking into it, and trialling some possibilities. We won't offer anything until we're happy the metal materials meet our high standards of quality and service. Watch this space.

Why do you not offer ABS?

ABS is a hateful material to 3D print. It gives of unpleasant fumes when printing and everyone gets a headache. Even if it prints well, the material properties of 3D printed ABS aren't the same as injection moulded ABS anyway, which defeats the point for most of our customers. As an alternative, we recommend Tough PLA, Tough 1500 Resin, or Onyx usually -depending on the application.

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