Ultimaker's 3D Printing filaments are specially optimized to deliver excellent results on their Bowden-tube-fed 3D printers including the Ultimaker Original and Original+, and the Ultimaker 2/2+ series machines.
In addition to the materials listed below, see also the Ultimaker Engineering Materials range, for new materials optimized for more specialized applications.
Ultimaker PLA is really easy to print with: it’s reliable, gives good surface quality, is made from organic and renewable sources. It’s safe, easy to print with and it serves a wide range of applications for both novice and advanced users.
When to use PLA:
● If you want to easily achieve high resolution prints
● Printing concept models and prototypes when aesthetics and fine details are key
● When you’re casting metal parts through lost PLA casting
● It’s perfect for printing in education or in the office, thanks to low ultrafine particle emissions
● A heated bed isn’t necessary, it works with glue and blue tape as well
● PLA isn’t suitable for medium temperature applications ( over 50˚C) or long-term outdoor usage. ABS is a better material for high temperature applications and CPE for outdoor usage.
Used by an array of industries worldwide, ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) is known for its exceptional mechanical properties. Specifically formulated to minimize warping and ensure consistent interlayer adhesion, Ultimaker ABS allows the creation of functional prototypes and complex end-use parts with ease.
Reasons to choose ABS:
● Excellent interlayer adhesion
● Good bed adhesion
● Enhanced strength for functional prototypes and manufacturing end-use parts
● Enhanced mechanical properties over regular ABS
● Not suitable for applications where the printed part is exposed to temperatures over 85ºC
Strong, chemically resistant, and with a low print odor, CPE is great for functional prototypes and mechanical parts. Coupled with Cura's material profiles, your models print easy and reliably.
Reasons to use CPE:
● Excellent toughness with resistance to chemicals and temperatures up to 70º C
● Dimensional stability over longer periods of time
● Low odor and low ultrafine particle emissions and gases
● Ideal for short run manufacturing and functional prototypes
● Transparent option available
● Not suitable for applications where the printed part is exposed to temperatures over 70ºC