We compared the main FDM 3D printing plastics – PLA, ABS,  TPU (Flexible), PC and PA(Nylon) – by material properties and find the best option for your application.

PLA – Rigid and actually quite strong, but is very brittle.

ABS – ABS is usually picked over PLA when higher temperature resistance and higher toughness is required.

TPU – Mostly used for flexible applications, but its very high impact resistance can open for other applications.

PC – PC is the strongest material of all, can be an interesting alternative to ABS as the properties are quite similar.

PA – PA possesses great mechanical properties, and in particular, the best impact resistance for non-flexible filament.

2 thoughts on “FDM 3D Printing Filament Guide [Infographic]”

  1. Can all of these filaments be used in all your 3D printers right from your basic 3D printer upwards?

    1. Hi Linda, CoLiDo PLA/ABS filament can be applied to most CoLiDo 3D Printer. You can learn more about CoLiDo 3D Printer from here https://www.colido.com/compare/, we list filaments which you can use for each model. What’s more, CoLiDo is going to launch 2 new materials PA and PC+ for industrial use.

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