What materials do 3d printer use?
At the moment the majority of 3D Printers, especially the low cost systems, print using a technology called ‘Fused filament fabrication (FFF)’, these printers currently tend to print using one of the following materials: 3d model printing material
- PLA (Polylactic Acid) — PLA is probably the easiest material to work with when you first start 3D printing. It is an environmentally friendly material that is very safe to use, as it is a biodegradable thermoplastic that has been derived from renewable resources such as corn starch and sugar canes.
- ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) — ABS is considered to be the second easiest material to work with when you start 3D printing. It’s very safe and strong, and widely used for things like car bumpers, and lego (the kids toy).
- PVA (Polyvinyl Alcohol Plastic) — PVA plastic which is quite different to PVA Glue (please don’t try putting PVA Glue into your 3D Printer, it definitely won’t work). The popular Makerbot Replicator 2 printers use PVA plastic.