What materials to 3D-print ?
Every once a while I’m being asked about it, so here is a post on the many materials that can be 3D-printed at home. It is not complete and will expand with time. It is no buyer’s guide either, nor a technical document. Read it as a short generic survey of usable materials.
As for me and many others, I print mostly with PLA filament. Even though I have a set of other materials (wood, rubber, nylon etc), I did not test all the following myself, mostly because each material requires its set of specific time-consuming trials and errors to achieve good quality. Mastering all of them would take me months, if not years!
Once again, the open source / open hardware community rocks, because a lot of enthusiasts explore a lot of subjects… So, for once, I borrowed most of the pictures in this post: check the credits and links for further info. There are probably a few mistakes, so let me know!
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
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