While the term “3D Printing” has become synonymous with creating physical objects, the underlying method of manufacture—additive manufacturing—is a diverse and complex concept spanning multiple materials and design constraints. From ABS to SLS, there are a number of different pros and cons when picking the best methods or materials to get the job done.

For example, ABS is a low-cost, heat resisting material, but undergoes heavy warping and smells a bit fruity during the printing process.Alternatively, carbon fiber, while one of the strongest materials to print with, is a lot more difficult to print due to increased oozing and brittleness.

Simplify3D has included the projected price, density, temperature, and a whole sleuth of properties for ABS, carbon fiber, and other materials in their new Ultimate 3D Printing Materials Guide and Filament Properties Table. While the Materials Guide shows an in-depth look at the materials themselves, the Filament Properties Table pits materials against each other for quick comparisons.

Whether you’re new to the 3D printing game or a seasoned expert who wants to try out different materials, it pays to know which materials to use so your 3D prints won’t look like a failed Ghostbusters reject monster. Check out the guides in-full over at Simplify3D.

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