Woodfill has also gained in popularity thanks to its ability to create objects with a simulated wood appearance. There are a number of wood-based 3d animator printing filaments on the market, each with a specific mixture of plastic and wood fiber.
For architectural or landscape 3D prints that require a “stone” finish, LAYBRICK combines fine chalk powder with co-polyesters to produce a sandstone appearance. By varying the extrusion temperature during 3D printing, LAYBRICK can offer either smooth or rough surface characteristics.
While some 3D printers can accommodate a wide variety of materials, it’s always best to understand your machine’s specifications. Some printers may not be able to heat and properly melt certain filament, causing print failures or even printer damage. Other printers may allow only limited access to printing parameters, with presets available for only the most popular materials. Prior to trying any “exotic” materials, please consult your printer’s manufacturer to ensure compatibility with your machine.
PET (Polyethylene terephthalate)
PET combines toughness with flexibility to create objects with engineering-grade quality in mind. It’s chemically resistant and doesn’t absorb water. Designed to be 100% recyclable, PET brings ABS-like functionality to 3d animator prints and can be printed without a heated build plate in temperatures that typically range between 220 and 250 C. Featuring a glossy surface finish, PET is priced about the same as PLA or ABS; making it a suitable high performance alternative. It’s often considered a “workhorse” filament for producing functional models. Layer bonding is superb, allowing you to make prints that are ideal for withstanding impact or shock. PET can also be used for screw threads; preventing over-torqued screws from stripping the material. Used in mechanical parts, robotics, drones, phone cases, and wearable technology, PET is designed for easy use with desktop 3D printers.Derived from a family of synthetic polymers (polyamides), Nylon has been an integral material for industries around the globe.