Navigating Through the Selection of 3D Printing Materials: Know Your Strengths!

Every now and then, while discussing the merits and technicalities surrounding 3D printing, someone who obviously has not been reading very closely (ahem!) will dismiss the topic with, “Oh yeah, but all you can do is print a bunch of plastic stuff. What’s the future in that?”

That opens up a huge conversation, obviously, as there is a rainbow of colors to choose from in an enormous selection of materials — not to mention some extremely surprising ones at times — as we reported on a filament maker last week, ProtoCyler, that discovered they could grind, extrude, and 3D print with recycled coffee cups. (Try that one on for size, skeptics!)

While one can certainly shop from one extreme to another, it’s certainly true that most 3D printing enthusiasts spend their time weighing out the pros and cons of ABS or PLS, and often they have no choice at all due to the machine or prototype that needs to be constructed. 3D printers can print in a multitude of materials though, as there are so many different machines available Some 3D printers are capable of allowing the user to switch back and forth between modes and materials, with the most common go-to multi-ma terial printer being the Connex family of multi-material printers, by Stratasys. … (read more)

Source: 3Dprint.com