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PRINTING EXPERIENCE

Recommended Printing Experience

We would like to make your printing experience as positive as possible and we believe that this chart is one part of that process.  We know that not all materials are suitable for all printers and that novice end-users often have more difficulties than someone with extensive experience.  We often see this with something a bit more difficult, let's say CF-PC and the end-user has minimal experience and is running a $250 Chinese printer.  This really isn't a combination for success, so we want to give our customers some indication of the general experience level they should have before buying a material - or an expectation of the level of difficulty that they should expect when trying something new.  

These categories are somewhat arbitrary, but come from many years of our own printing experience as well as troubleshooting issues with our customers. 

Novice:  A beginner using an entry-level 3D printer should have minimal problems using this material
Intermediate:  User has several months of experience with a moderate to high quality printer
Advanced:  User has > 1 year of printing experience and is using a high quality commercial printer
Expert:  User has significant amount of experience and is using a high-performance or heavily modified printer 

 

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 PLA   ABS  PC PEEK
 HIPS  ASA   PVDF   PEKK 
 PETG  LOW-GLOSS PETG  PPS  PEI, 1010 
 ESD-PLA  HIGH-TEMP PETG   PSU  PEI, 9085 
 ESD-PETG   NYLON   ESD-PC  PPSU
 CF-PLA   FLEXIBLE   ESD-PVDF  ESD-PEI
 CF-PETG   PC/ASA ESD-PPS ESD-PEKK 
 -  PC/ABS  CF-PC   CF-PEI 
 - GF-PETG   -  CF-PEEK 
 - GF-NYLON   -  CF-PEKK
 -  ESD-ABS   -
 -  CF-ABS   -
 -  CF-NYLON  -