Standard Additive Manufacturing Materials

Wide range of Standard Materials for Additive Manufacturing

Standard materials used in additive manufacturing include filaments like PLA and ABS, Formlabs general purpose resins (Clear, White, Grey, Black, Colour Kit, Draft, Grey Pro) and Markforged’s Precise PLA. PLA is derived from renewable materials and is biodegradable which makes it a perfect cost effective material for quick prototypes that can be recycled. Formlabs’ SLA (stereolithography) printers use thermoplastic materials in a resin form which is then solidified in layers by high-powered lasers. The beauty of additive manufacturing is the ease of access to materials. Ultimaker’s open access marketplace allows filament manufacturers to supply their materials with printer settings accessible via Ultimaker’s software, Cura.

Perfect for R&D and product design teams, we supply a range of standard materials ideal for quick mock-ups of functional prototyping.

What are Standard materials good at

Modelling
Look and feel prototypes
Fast, inexpensive prototyping
Casings
Moulds for casting

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Which Formlabs General Purpose Resin should you choose?

Formlabs have a material library of 33+ resins available for the SLA range of printers with 7 classed as general purpose resins. These are cheaper, brilliant to print with and include the latest versions of the original 4: Clear, White, Grey and Black.

Formlabs Clear Resin

Highly translucent and transparent, much loved. Prints at 100, 50, 25 micron layer height.

Formlabs White Resin

Matte white finish, prints fine detail. Prints at 100, 50 micron layer height.

Formlabs Grey Resin

Matte grey finish, prints fine detail. Prints at 160,100,50,25 micron layer height.

Formlabs Black Resin

Matte black finish, prints fine detail. Prints at 100, 50, 25 micron layer height.

Formlabs Colour Kit Resin

Custom colours, mixed by you. Prints at 100, 50, 25 micron layer height.

Formlabs Draft Resin

YOU CAN PRINT UP TO 4 X FASTER at 200 micron, also prints at 100 micron layer height

Formlabs Grey Pro Resin

Versatile material for prototyping, prints at 100 or 50 micron layer height.

Which Standard filament should you choose?

Standard filaments are ideal thermoplastics for prototyping, available in 1.75mm and 2.85mm and in spools of different weights.

PLA

Everybody’s go-to filament, easy to print with, tough, low warping and available in a ton of different colours

Precise PLA

Markforged’s high quality version of PLA in yellow, blue, red, orange, green, grey, black and white

ABS

Designed for high strength, functional components

TPU

Flexible, wear & tear resistant prints

HIPS

Dissolvable/breakaway support material, also used for pre-production prototypes

ASA-X

Alternative to ABS with better weather & chemical resistance, prints smooth & matte

Support materials

PVA, HIPS, BVOH, ESM-10 for breaking off or dissolving away

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Printing Examples

Favourite printers for standard materials

Formlabs Form 3+

Affordable high-quality resin 3D Printer from Formlabs for functional parts and prototypes

BCN3D Epsilon W27

Independent dual-extrusion FFF 3D printer with large build volume

BCN3D Sigma D25

Entry-level desktop independent dual-extrusion FFF 3D printer

Formlabs Form 3+

Affordable high-quality resin 3D Printer from Formlabs for functional parts and prototypes

BCN3D Epsilon W27

Independent dual-extrusion FFF 3D printer with large build volume

BCN3D Sigma D25

Entry-level desktop independent dual-extrusion FFF 3D printer

Ultimaker S3

Compact high-performance dual-extrusion desktop 3D printer

Ultimaker S3

Compact high-performance dual-extrusion desktop 3D printer

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FAQ’S

Commonly asked questions about 3D printing with standard materials

PLA is typically the cheapest material to 3D print in, with the added bonus that it’s an easy to use, go-to filament for stress-free printing
PLA is one of the more eco-friendly materials, widely-cited as being biodegradable, derived from cornstarch. It is also possible to buy good quality filaments made from recycled plastics and supplied on cardboard spools (PLA, ABS, PETG, ASA and more)
Whether or not an additive manufacturing material is “standard” is fairly arbitrary! We have (loosely) classified materials with little capability for printing end-use parts as “standard”, but there are different opinions even within the team at Additive-X.