What Materials Should You Use For 3D Printing?

You’ve got a great idea, you’ve drawn it out, and you’d love to see it come to life through 3D printing. But what material should you choose? 

But first… what do you need to know?

The material you choose will impact more than how your model looks and feels — it’ll even decide which 3D printing technology is used to make it! 

But, what matters most is that you get to see just how many options you really have. By discovering here all the possibilities, you’ll be able to create a design that truly makes you happy and best suits your needs.

3D printing in Polyamide

When you’re looking to create a model from plastic, Polyamide is the most popular choice. When used for Laser Sintering, it is strong, flexible, and can create moving or interlocking parts. 

Though naturally white, Polyamide can be easily dyed to bring a burst of color to your design or mixed with Aluminum to create a beautiful sparkling material called Alumide.

Polyamide can also be used when printing through Multi Jet Fusion, which will result in a very fine grain, meaning it works equally well for fully functional prototypes or end-use parts. 

3D printing in resin

Resin is another popular choice in the 3D printing world. Through Stereolithography, a liquid photopolymer is cured with UV light to create a model with a very smooth surface.

Depending on your needs, this can be painted or transparent and up to two meters long! If fine details are a must-have, High-Detail Resin is an obvious choice, while Gray and Standard Resin are a favorite of those who prefer a more affordable option.