Selecting the Right Material for 3D Printing
At Celero Partners, we know how 3D printing has revolutionized the manufacturing process. We love helping our clients complete their projects and using the technology to its fullest advantage.
We know that selecting the right material is so important to the success of the project. There are various materials available in the market, each with its unique properties and specifications. How do you choose? Here are some of our best insights as to how you can choose the right material:
It is so important to get to know the properties of the different materials. This is such an important step because it helps determine the strength, flexibility, and durability of the final product.
For this step, you will want to consider the purpose of the 3D printed object and environmental conditions that may affect the product. If you need a strong and durable object, materials such as ABS or PLA are ideal. However, if you need more flexibility in your object, materials such as TPE or TPU are the best.
When selecting a material, ensure that it is compatible with your 3D printer since printers come with specific requirements. Some materials require higher temperature to print than others. If your printer cannot provide the required temperature, the material won’t work. Always check your printer’s specifications before choosing a material. When you work with us for your project, we take care of details like this for you.
Another consideration is the cost of materials used in the project because costs can vary – they should be within budget. Prices will vary based on the demand, availability, and quality of the material. Some materials can be expensive, while others are much cheaper. Also, some materials come in smaller spools/packs that may not be economical for larger prints. However, the most important detail should be to choose the right material for the project, and cost should be secondary. Be sure to set a realistic budget that will create the highest quality possible.
Another thing to consider is the finish that you need for the final product. The final appearance, texture, and finishing of the 3D printed object should be considered before selecting the material to use. If you want a shiny finish, materials such as PETG or ABS would work, whereas if you want a matte appearance, materials such as PLA or Nylon might be the choice for you.
Choosing the right material for your 3D printing project is important. Remember to consider the material properties, compatibility with your printer, cost, and the desired finish that you want. When you work with us, we make sure we lead you in the right direction as to which materials to use. We are experts at this! Please get in touch with any questions you have and to start working with us.