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3D Printer Filament Materials Guide

We know that the world of 3D printing can often be confusing and sometimes even quite difficult. This is why we have created this easy-to-understand materials guide to help you understand more about different types of recycled 3D Printer Filament. Here you will find information like recommended temperatures & example applications for the filaments.

Once you’ve had a look at the guide, and hopefully got more of an idea of what you need, please make sure you take a look at our online shop to take a look at the products we have to offer. We’re sure you’ll find the filament you’re looking for.

Disclaimer

Please note that the details below relate to tests we conducted on Filamentive recycled 3D Printer Filament and there may be variations across different brands of filament. Please ensure that you consult your filament provider about their recommended settings. There may also be variations depending on the type of 3D printer you are using.

Recycled 3D Printer Filament descriptions

rPLA

Recycled origin, unrivalled quality.

Description

PLA; the staple of desktop 3D printing. Short for polylactic acid, PLA is a bioplastic derived from plant-based sources, meaning it is more environmentally friendly compared to ABS, for example. However, PLA production is depleting natural resources faster than they can be replenished. To address this issue, we have pioneered rPLA 3D printer filament, still boasting the same great PLA features such as; low warping, limited smell and premium print quality – but with the added benefit of being produced from factory waste streams as opposed to virgin pellets. All users of rPLA can feel good about reducing the demand for natural resources and therefore saving the environment, whilst being confident that the print quality will still be one of the best on the market! The go-to filament for all 3D printer owners, perfect consumer products, toys and general prototypes.

More info

  • Recommended printing temperature: 195-205°C
  • Recommended heated bed temperature: Can be printed without, but if you have one, we recommend 55-60°C
  • Storage: Cool and dry conditions, ideally ~20°C
  • Available in many vibrant colours and both 1.75mm and 2.85mm

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rPETg

Prints like PLA, strong like ABS.  Perfect hybrid.

Description

Polyethylene terephthalate – or PET for short – is a common plastic. PETg is becoming an emerging filament; combining the printing ease of PLA with the strength and durability of ABS. PET plastic originates from non-renewable sources, and recycling rates remain low, which adds to the already large-scale problem of waste plastic. To combat this, Filamentive rPETg is made from recycled PET waste streams, such as plastic food containers and drinks bottles. Our PET filament also features glycol – hence the ‘g’ – which prevents undesirable crystallisation effects that cause standard PET to become brittle. Overall, rPETg is strong, does not warp, and is odour neutral; a perfect all-rounder, ideal for those strong and durable parts. It is even safe for food contact!

More info

  • Recommended printing temperature: 230-235°C
  • Recommended heated bed temperature: 75-80°C
  • Storage: Cool and dry conditions, ideally ~20°C
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rABS

Recycled. Redefined. Revolutionary.

Description

ABS is a common 3D printer filament, famous for its strength. However, ABS is also infamous for warping, having a strong odour whilst printing, and being generally environmentally unfriendly. Filamentive has changed this – rABS is actually only 60% ABS, making it less impactful on the environment. We have also ensured that the material has minimal warping, as well as excellent adhesion – both interlayer and to the heated bed. Containing only 60% ABS does not compromise its mechanical properties; Filamentive rABS has enhanced strength compared to regular ABS. The ideal material if you require strong, lightweight parts, that are impact resistant.

More info

  • Recommended printing temperature: 240-260°C
  • Recommended heated bed temperature: ~ 75-80°C
  • Storage: Cool and dry conditions, ideally ~20°C
  • Please note: rABS can still produce some fumes so print in a well-ventilated area

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Wood

Smells like wood, looks like wood, feels like wood.

Description

Filamentive Wood is a PLA-based composite 3D printer filament. 40% of the formula is made from recycled wood fibres, providing a realistic wood colour, finish and even smell. Some wood filaments can be difficult to print, so our goal was to offer a wood filament that is easy to work with and we have succeeded – many of our customers praise this filament for “printing like butter”. You can even post-process your wood 3D prints – such as sanding, varnishing and coating – to make eye-catching, decorative wood objects.

More info

  • Recommended printing temperature: 205-235°C
  • Recommended heated bed temperature: Can be printed without, but if you have one, we recommend 35-60°C
  • Storage: Cool and dry conditions, ideally ~20°C
  • Wood is available from stock in five different colors
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Carbon Fibre

3D print with real carbon. Without the footprint.  

Description

Carbon fibre is known for being strong, yet lightweight – and now you can 3D print with it! Our carbon fibre filament is a PET-based composite containing 20% recycled carbon fibres. Filamentive carbon fibre is stiff, impact resistant, and heat resistant up to 80°C. Your carbon fibre 3D printed objects will have an attractive matte black surface, and you’ll be pleased to know the filament is stable, and will not warp during print. The ideal filament for functional and mechanical parts, such as RC/drones components.

More info

  • Recommended printing temperature: 215-220°C
  • Recommended heated bed temperature: Can be printed without, but if you have one, we recommend 75-80°C
  • Storage: Cool and dry conditions, ideally ~20°C

Please note: A hardened/steel nozzle is recommended as carbon fibre is inherently abrasive

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