Feed these spooled filaments into your 3D printer to provide it with material for making objects.
Durable ABS (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene) has high impact strength and toughness and is stronger and harder than PLA. It has a high melting point and requires a heated build platform to prevent uneven shrinkage, layer distortion, or warping. ABS is petroleum based and should be used in 3D printers with an enclosed build area and proper ventilation. It is ideal for building moving parts, automotive components, and tools.
Derived from plant products, PLA (polylactic acid) is a compostable thermoplastic that provides more sharply defined details than ABS and does not emit harmful fumes when heated. It has a lower melting point than ABS and does not require a heated build platform for printing. PLA is less flexible and more brittle than ABS and is well suited for high print speeds and building consumer products or toys.
Rubber-like TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) is slightly more rigid than TPE, making it a good choice for creating flexible objects in 3D printers that have trouble printing with TPE. It provides greater resistance to abrasion, oils, and solvents than TPE and retains its elasticity at lower temperatures.
Soft, flexible TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) is more elastic than TPU and is the most common material used for creating flexible objects in a 3D printer. Objects made with TPE can typically be stretched to twice their original length without permanent deformation. It's also known as thermoplastic rubber and should be printed at slow speeds to prevent the material from binding in the extruder.