ABS

ABS is a commodity plastic with good mechanical and thermal properties. It is a commonly used thermoplastic material in 3D printing, CNC Machining and Injection Molding and boasts excellent impact strength. It is ideal for prototyping and comes in a range of colors.

Attributes:- Dimensional stability, Impact resistance
Tensile Strength Impact Strength Heat Deflection Elongation at Break
5,000-12,000 psi 3-7.5 ft-lb/in 140-200°F 20-30%
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ABS-Like

ABS-like is a resin with excellent impact resistance (up to 80J/m) and shock absorbance. Developed to mimic the properties of ABS, the material is also incredibly tough and resistant to high temperatures, including a heat deflection temperature of up to 68°C. With thermal post-processing, the heat deflection temperature can be as high as 95°C.

Attributes:- Accuracy, Durability, Impact resistance
Tensile Strength Impact Strength Heat Deflection Elongation at Break
5.7-7.8 ksi 0.79-0.91 ft-lb/in 115-138°F 6.1-20%

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Acrylic

Also known as Poly(methyl methacrylate), acrylic is an easy material to handle and polish. It boasts high UV resistance and has a transparent finish, similar to glass. The material is also scratch resistant.

Attributes:- Optical clarity, Rigidity
Tensile Strength Impact Strength Heat Deflection Elongation at Break
2,800-13,000 psi 0.25-1 ft-lb/in 180-215°F 3-7%

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Delrin

Delrin, or acetal homopolymer (POM-H), is a crystalline plastic with a high level of stiffness and resistance. The material is easy to machine, offers good accuracy and is low friction.

Attributes:- Chemical resistance
Tensile Strength Impact Strength Heat Deflection Elongation at Break
6,000-22,000 psi 0.75-2 ft-lb/in 180-300°F 10-40%

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HDPE

HDPE, or high-density polyethylene, is a thermoplastic with excellent impact and weather resistance. The material also boasts a high strength-to-weight ratio and good moisture and chemical resistance.

Attributes:- Durability, Impact resistance, Stiffness
Tensile Strength Impact Strength Heat Deflection Elongation at Break
2,900-4,500 psi 80 ft-lb/in² 130-250°F 350-950%

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Nylon

Nylon demonstrates good impact resistance, strength and toughness. The material is very rigid and has good dimensional stability. The thermoplastic material also boasts good heat resistance (up to a maximum of 140-160 °C) and chemical and abrasion resistance. Nylon is commonly used in powder-based 3D printing, providing a fine powder finish, as well as CNC Machining and Injection Molding.

Attributes:- Rigidity, Strength, Temperature resistance
Tensile Strength Impact Strength Heat Deflection Elongation at Break
6,000-29,000 psi 2-8 ft-lb/in 180-350°F 10-60%

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PEEK

PEEK, or Polyether ether ketone, is an organic thermoplastic polymer with robust mechanical properties, including resistance to stress, temperature, moisture, wear and chemicals. The material is often used in industrial applications as a more lightweight alternative to soft metals.

Attributes:- Chemical resistance, Sterilizability, Stiffness, Strength
Tensile Strength Impact Strength Heat Deflection Elongation at Break
13,000-30,000 psi 3.5-4.5 ft-lb/in 300-625°F 40-50%

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PLA

One of the most common 3D printing materials, PLA has desirable properties such as high stiffness, good detailing, tensile strength and ductility. The material, which has an accuracy of 0.2 mm when 3D printed, is plant-based and biodegradable. PLA comes in a range of colors and is priced affordably.

Attributes:- Low melting point, Biodegradable
Tensile Strength Impact Strength Heat Deflection Elongation at Break
4075 PSI 1.8-4.1 ft-lb/in 140 °F 1.40%

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Polycarbonate

Also known as PC, Polycarbonate is one of the most common plastics used in manufacturing. The material is easily recyclable and boasts good heat resistance, impact resistance and durability. PC also has flame-retardant properties making it safe for a range of applications.

Attributes:- Dimensional stability, Impact resistance
Tensile Strength Impact Strength Heat Deflection Elongation at Break
9,000-23,000 psi 2-18 ft-lb/in 150-300°F 5-120%

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PTFE

PTFE, or Teflon, is a thermoplastic polymer with excellent resistance to high temperatures and chemicals. The rigid plastic is extremely low friction and has good heat insulating properties. It also boasts good strength and toughness. PTFE is compatible with a range of finishing processes.

Attributes:- Chemical resistance, Flame resistance, Temperature resistance
Tensile Strength Impact Strength Heat Deflection Elongation at Break
2,900-5,000 psi 2-6 ft-lb/in 500°F 210-400%

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UHMW

UHMW, or Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight Polyethylene, is a subset of polyethylene. The material is characterized by its hardness, low-friction surface and high impact strength. The material is also very wear and abrasion resistant.

Attributes:- Durability, Flexibility
Tensile Strength Impact Strength Heat Deflection Elongation at Break
5,800 psi   116°F 300%

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Vero

Vero is a multi-purpose, multi-color photopolymer material offered by Stratasys. In terms of properties, it demonstrates good strength and stiffness. The versatile material can be combined with other photopolymers in multi-material printing to achieve varying degrees of hardness, flexibility, translucency and heat resistance.

Attributes:- Dimensional stability
Tensile Strength Impact Strength Heat Deflection Elongation at Break
7,250 – 9,450 psi 0.375 – 0.562 ft-lb/in 113 – 122 °F 10 – 25%

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Vero Clear

Also offered by Stratasys, Vero Clear is a transparent and rigid photopolymer for PolyJet 3D printing. The material, which closely resembles acrylic, demonstrates strength, stiffness, elongation and impact resistance as well as having a smooth finish. Vero Clear can be used to simulate glass and can be combined with other PolyJet photopolymers.

Attributes:- Dimensional stability
Tensile Strength Impact Strength Heat Deflection Elongation at Break
7,250-9,450 psi 0.375-0.562 ft-lb/in 113-122 °F 10-25%

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Opaque Elastomer

Opaque Elastomer is a polyurethane plastic whose properties mimic those of rubber-like materials, such as TPE, TPU and silicone rubber. The flexible material has a variable hardness (ranging between Shore 20A to Shore 90A) and is suitable for a range of functional applications.

Attributes:- Abrasion resistance, Flexibility, Impact resistance
Tensile Strength Impact Strength Heat Deflection Elongation at Break
5,000-12,000 psi 3-7.5 ft-lb/in 140-200°F 20-30%

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Rubber-Like

Rubber-like is a photopolymer that boasts properties similar to rubber when 3D printed. The material has a shore hardness between Shore 27A and Shore 90A and has good mechanical properties. Rubber-like does not require support material and is well suited for producing complex geometries.

Attributes:- Abrasion resistance, Flexibility, Impact resistance
Tensile Strength Impact Strength Heat Deflection Elongation at Break
5,000-12,000 psi 3-7.5 ft-lb/in 140-200°F 20-30%

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Waterclear Elastomer

Waterclear Elastomer is an elastomer plastic whose properties mimic those of rubber-like materials such as TPE, TPU and silicone rubber. The transparent material is highly flexible, with a variable hardness between Shore 30A and Shore 80A.

Attributes:- Exceptional clarity, Easily pigmented, Color Stable
Tensile Strength Impact Strength Heat Deflection Elongation at Break
5,000-12,000 psi 3-7.5 ft-lb/in 140-200°F 20-30%

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