ABS filament (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) is actually moderately superior to PLA, despite being slightly more difficult to print with. Products made of ABS boast high durability and a capacity to withstand high temperatures.
Keep in mind the filament’s high printing temperature has a tendency to warp during cooling, and intense fumes. If you are using this type of filament it needs to print with a heating bed and in a well-ventilated space.
3D Printer ABS Filament Properties:
- Strength: High | Flexibility: Medium | Durability: High
- Difficulty to use: Medium
- Print temperature: 210°C – 250°C
- Print bed temperature: 80°C – 110°C
- Shrinkage/warping: Considerable
- Soluble: In esters, ketones, and acetone
- Food safety: Not food safe
When should I use ABS
ABS filament is tough able to withstand high stress and temperature. It’s also moderately flexible. Together these properties make ABS a good general-purpose 3D printer. But where it really shines is with items that are frequently handled, dropped, or heated.
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PETG 3D Printer Filament – known as the polymer used in water bottles, it is also found in clothing fibers and food containers. ‘G’ in PETG stands for “glycol-modified”, this makes the filament clearer, less brittle, and most importantly it is easier to use.