Best 3D printer filament in 2019 | 3D printer filament buying guide : 2019

Top 10 best 3D printer filament, their usage, their properties and their complete buying guide

The filament used in a 3D printer is an important material from which any object is printed. This post will help you understand different types filaments, their properties and their uses.
3D printer filament
3D printer filament

 There are different types of 3D printer filaments which are used in different work. 3D printer filament may be of plastic or other material. Top 10 best 3D printer filament is given here:

PLA(Polylactic Acid)

Properties

  • PLA is a brittle (hard plastic) 3D printing filament.
  • Easy to print with
  • Less energy to process
  • Printing temperature : 190℃ to 230℃
  • Bed adhesion : Blue painters tape
  • Available in a wide range of colors in both 1.75mm and 3mm.

Usage

  • Cosmetic prints
  • Prototype parts
  • Food containers
  • Toys

Remark

  • Best for beginners because easy to print and low - warp.
3D printed art

ABS(Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)

Properties

  • ABS is less brittle than PLA.
  • ABS is strong and ductile material.
  • created object withstand with high temperature.
  • Printing temperature : 220℃ to 240℃
  • Bed adhesion : Kapton tape/ Hair spray
  • Available in both 1.75mm and 3mm diameter sizes.

Usage 

  • Parts made to protect against heat
  • Interlocking parts like hooks, gears
  • Phone cases
  • Prototype parts
  • Toys

Remark

  • Best material for beginners
  • Available in glow-in-the-dark colors
3D printed mechanical parts
3D printed mechanical parts

Nylon(Polyamide)

Properties

  • Nylon is a strong, durable and flexible material.
  • Extremely sensitive to moisture
  • Can re-melt and use again.
  • Printing temperature : 230℃ to 260℃
  • Bed adhesion : PVA-Based Glue

Usage

  • Mechanical parts like gears and bearings
  • Used for living hinges
  • Structural parts
  • Toys

Remark

  • Thermoplastic material
  • High printing temperature

PETG(Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol-modified)

Properties

  • PETG is an industrial strength filament.
  • Recyclable
  • Flexible
  • Produces no odors or fumes when printed
  • Printing temperature : 225℃ to 245
  • Bed adhesion : Blue painters tape

Usage

  • Mechanical parts
  • Print such objects that are subject to sudden stress

Remark

  • Impact resistant
  • Does not shrink
  • Available in 1.75mm and 3mm diameter size
3D printed objects
3D printed objects

PETT(Polyethylene coTrimethylene Terephthalate)

Properties

  • PETT is colorless.
  • Recyclable
  • Printing temperature : 210℃ to 230
  • Bed adhesion : Blue painters tape

Usage

  • Food containers

Remark


  • Does not shrink
  • Impressive in bridging

ASA(Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate)


Properties


  • ASA filament is a weather and temperature resistance material.
  • Also a UV resistance
  • Printing temperature : 240℃ to260
  • Bed adhesion : Hairspray

Usage

  • Best used for outdoor designs

Remark

  • An alternative of ABS
  • Available in several colors
3D printed object
3D printed object

TPU(Thermoplastic Polyurethane)

Properties

  • TPU is a flexible filament.
  • Creates an elastic and impact resistance parts
  • Printing temperature : 240℃ to 260
  • Bed adhesion : Blue painters tape

Usage

  • Creates rubbery parts
  • Used for printing belts, caps, bumpers
  • Also used in mobile phone cases, footwear

Remark

  • Oil resistance

PVA(Polyvinyl Alcohol)

properties

  • Water soluble
  • Low flexible
  • Biodegradable
  • Printing temperature : 180℃ to 220℃
  • Bed adhesion : Blue painters tape

Usage

  • Used for support material in a 3D printer.
  • Packaging film

Remark

  • Soluble in water so not easy to use
  • Used as a support material for incredibly detailed models
3D printed object

Glow-in-the-dark filament

Properties

  • Glow-in-the-dark filament glow in the dark
  • Printing temperature : varies with different materials
  • Bed adhesion : Blue painters tape

Usage

  • Printing Light switch covers
  • Ceiling stars
  • Decorating rooms

Remark

  • Available in PLA, TPU and ABS based filament.
  • Sometimes heat resistance nozzle is required due to high temperature

Wood filament

Properties

  • Wood filament is made by mixing of recycled wood and a binding polymer.
  • Gives the feel and look of fiberboard after printed an object
  • Printing temperature : 195℃ to 225℃
  • Bed adhesion : Blue painters tape

Usage

  • Wooden sculptures
  • Wooden box
  • Table and chair
  • Wooden decorations

Remark

  • Different color with different extruder temperature
  • Remove filament from extruder after finishing a print because filament will begin to burn in nozzle.
Sculpture
Sculpture








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