A Quick Guide to HP 3D Printing Materials

HP 3D Printing materials

HP Multi Jet Fusion technology is a game-changer for additive manufacturing with its high-speed, synchronous architecture that builds parts layer-by-layer. With it, you can print in full colour or mono and produce multiple parts simultaneously.

Of course, no 3D printing technology is complete without a diverse material portfolio and HP’s materials have very interesting properties.

In this article, we will cover each material in the range to demonstrate how you can use them in your work.

There are two main categories for HP 3D printing materials: rigid polymers, and elastomeric polymers. We’ll split this guide into both categories.

Rigid polymers

HP 3D High Reusability PA 11

Compatible with: 5200 Series and 4200 Series.

This thermoplastic material delivers optimal mechanical properties for prostheses, insoles, sports goods, snap fits, living hinges, and more. It meets USP Class I-VI and US FDA for biocompatibility and has excellent chemical resistance and enhanced elongation at break. It delivers balanced mechanical performance.

HP 3D High Reusability PA 12

Compatible with: 5200 Series and 4200 Series.

This robust thermoplastic is more rigid than PA 11. It produces high-density parts with balanced property profiles and strong structures. It is ideal for complex assemblies, housings, enclosures, and watertight applications and it meets USP Class I-VI and US FDA for biocompatibility. It is ideal for functional parts.

HP 3D High Reusability PP enabled by BASF4

Compatible with: 5200 Series.

This thermoplastic is ideal for producing chemical resistant, weldable, low moisture absorption, functional parts. It delivers the same performance as genuine PP, so it is easy to process and machine. It has excellent welding capabilities with other PP parts produced with traditional methods. It is ideal for industrial parts.

HP 3D High Reusability PA 12 Glass Beads

Compatible with: 5200 Series and 4200 Series.

This 40% glass bead-filled thermoplastic is ideal for producing stiff, dimensionally stable, high-quality parts. The glass fill produces outstanding stiffness for enclosures, housings and fixtures. It has very high rigidity, making it ideal for applications where parts need to be thin but also dimensionally stable and resilient.

HP 3D High Reusability CB PA 12

Compatible with: 500/300 Series 500/300 Series.

This thermoplastic replicates the performance characteristics of HP 3D High Reusability PA 12 but enables full-colour and white parts. It is ideal for full-colour and white parts like jigs, fixtures, labelling, presentation models and functional prototypes. It produces strong structures that are rigid and dimensionally stable.

Elastomeric polymers

HP 3D High Reusability TPA enabled by Evonik

Compatible with: 4200 Series.

This flexible and lightweight polyamide has enhanced rebound resistance and elongation at break. It produces lightweight parts that are flexible and strong. It is ideal for producing easy-to-process, flexible parts like grippers, fluid systems, springs and ducts. It has the fastest time-to-part of all HP 3D printing materials


Compatible with: 4200 Series.

This TPU delivers outstanding abrasion resistance, tensile strength and compression recovery, making it ideal for jigs and fixtures that will undergo thousands of cycles. It has a high temperature resistance and survives at temperatures where other materials, such as PA 11 and PA 12, fail. This makes it useful for performance applications.

BASF Ultrasint® TPU01

Compatible with: 4200 Series.

This TPU produces flexible functional parts with a high level of detail, making it ideal for precision parts that require shock absorption, great energy return and flexibility. It can be used in prototyping and end-use production to create parts that spring back. The surface quality is excellent making it perfect for end-use applications.

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Hopefully, this guide to HP 3D printing materials has provided clarity on which materials are best for your use cases. If you have any more questions, call us on 01765 694 007 or send us an email at sales@additive-x.com for professional advice.