PRINTS WIDE RANGE OF 3D FILAMENT / MATERIALS
INNOVATION IN 3D PRINTER FILAMENT
One of the great things about the 3D printing industry is the innovation and development of new materials (3d printer filament).
Manufacturers are regularly improving on the formulations of existing materials and coming up with new and interesting combinations that expand the possible applications for 3D printing.
Fusion3’s printers can print almost all materials / filaments on the market today as long as they melt at a temperature of 300*C or less.
FUSION3’S ‘OPEN MATERIALS’ PHILOSOPHY
Many other 3D printer manufacturers require you to purchase their expensive, branded filament, limiting your material options and increasing your operating cost.
Fusion3 does not sell filament to our customers. We believe our customers should be able to choose from the widest variety of quality materials and have competition from multiple suppliers to ensure the best price and service.
The foundation of this philosophy is our rigorous filament certification process. Our R&D team seeks out and tests materials from different manufacturers known for qualtiy, innovative formulations and competitive pricing. For those materials that ‘pass’ our tests, we create and publish ‘profiles’ (configuration files for the Simplify3D slicing software) which are distributed monthly to our customers. This ensures that any customer can print any certified material right ‘out of the box’.
TESTED / CERTIFIED MATERIALS
Our 3D printers print a wide variety of branded materials found in all major 3d filament categories:
Click on any photo for a detailed / high-resolution image of each material
Updated Simplify3D profiles can be found in the downloads area of our support section
Refer to this guide for the correct profile to use with each material
Note: Fusion3 3D Printers only use 1.75MM filament
Most commonly used material; inexpensive and derived from renewable resources. PLA is easy to print, provides great surface quality, but can be brittle. Often used for visual prototypes, hobbyist models and consumer products.
tested with: Atomic Filament
One of the most popular 3D Printing materials. Highly durable, providing good strength and impact resistance. Often used for functional, moving parts, automotive parts, electronic housing & toys.
Has similar properties as ABS, with the added benefit of excellent UV, weather and chemical resistance. This makes ASA a great choice for parts that will be outdoors or other severe conditions and need to retain their functionality.
Used in many industrial applications, Nylon is a cost-effective plastic that’s strong, light, flexible and wear resistant. Ideal for mechanical components, structural parts, gears and bearings, and dynamic loads. Currently only offered as branded materials (no generics).
Provides wide range of flexibility, depending on the formulation. Often difficult to print, it must be run slower than other filaments. Not often used as a day-to-day material, but can be indispensable for certain applications such as gaskets, sealing faces and parts that must be flexible and rubber-like.
Ideal for parts exposed to high temperatures (100*C) making it ideal for lighting and engineering applications. Makes highly durable parts, but not especially rigid. Can be difficult to print with, especially when printing large parts (we’ve found success only when printing smaller parts). Combining other strong plastics such as ABS and PBT allow for more reliable printing while maintaining much of polycarbonate’s characteristics.
Specially developed for 3D printing, combines good strength with high flexibility and durability. Ideal for mechanical parts due to high impact resistance and durability. Many versions approved by FDA for food contact.
POLYESTERS (PET / PETT)
Somewhat easy to print with, PET & PETT are useful for mechanical parts, features impact resistance, flexibility and high durability.
Highly transparent material that’s also very rigid and impact resistant. Can be translucent or transparent when printing, making it useful for toys and lighting.
Commonly used in the food industry for packaging. Tricky to work with, often used as structural support in Dual Extruder printers, despite low reliability.