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Exotic filaments to try out! : 3D Filament Guide Pt. 2

Okay, so while PET and Nylon filaments may no longer be considered “exotic”, this chapter of the 3d animator filament guide by 3DSupplyGuys looks at some less common filaments! They point out what you should look out for before printing with them, and some specifications you need to check out before you make your purchase.

As with last time, if you’re looking for a summary chart for the filaments covered, there’s one at the bottom of this post! Perfect for a cheat sheet!

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A new generation of 3D printing filaments

As consumer demand for Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printers continues to grow, the variety of 3D printing filament materials available also continues to evolve.

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For every print there may exist a number of materials that would result in a successful build, though each will undoubtedly display unique characteristics. 3d animator recommend using this guide (and others) as a starting point to evaluate the feasibility of using a given material for your project, then experiment with test pieces to find the best fit for your print with your printer.

In part 2 of this series, we’ll take a look at PET (Polyethylene terephthalate), Nylon (Polyamide), Woodfill (PLA plus recycled wood fiber), and Sandstone (Specifically LAYBRICK— milled chalk and co-polyester).wood filament

PET is a popular alternative 3D printing filament due to strength and flexibility characteristics that surpass many ABS filaments. It’s also easy to print with; offering some characteristics in print performance similar to PLA. PET is the perfect choice for phone cases or mechanical parts that require flexibility and impact resistance or toughness.Nylon is a popular, if not iconic, synthetic polymer used in an array of industries. With nylon 3D printing filament, you have an inexpensive plastic that’s strong, flexible, and wear resistant. It’s also less brittle than PLA or ABS. Nylon is used in an array of applications that include numerous parts, containers, tools, consumer products, and toys.