Filament for your 3D printer: We'll tell you what to look out for when buying online
Buying filament for your 3D printer isn't that easy. At 3D Prima, you'll learn everything you need to know about filament and what to consider when buying online. Read this article to the end and you'll be a materials expert. Whether it's PLA, PETG or ABS, here's the relevant information.
Without the right filament, resin or powder, the best 3D printer is worthless and useless. Here you will find high quality filaments from well-known manufacturers at a reasonable price. Buy the filaments now online in the shop of 3D Prima. You'll get fast and reliable delivery to the place of your choice. From 100 € value of goods the delivery takes place free of charge and free of shipping costs within the EU.
Filaments made of PLA, PETG, ABS, TPU, HIPS, Nylon, Metal, wood & other materials
Here you can find PLA, ABS, PETG, HIPS, ASA and other filaments. Read this text to the end and you'll know more about the right filament for your application and 3D printer. The different materials offer different material properties such as chemical resistance, UV stability, melting point or density. Depending on the material, the filament is suitable for different applications and fields of application.
Here you discover filaments made of the following materials
In the following overview you see a wide selection of filaments made of different materials:
Overview of 3D printing filaments by 3D Prima
ABS flame retardant
Here you get an overview of the most common filaments including material properties for your 3D printer.
The right filament for your application – advantages and disadvantages of different materials
At 3D Prima you get the right filament for your application. We will give you a short description and show you the advantages and disadvantages of each material. Furthermore, you will get a short insight into the possible applications of your filament.
Why buy ABS filament for your 3D printer?
When it comes to 3D printing, you're sure to have come across ABS. Filaments made of ABS (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymer) have become indispensable in 3D printing. ABS is one of the longest selling filaments on the market for 3D printing materials. Moreover, ABS components are lightweight, durable and resistant. The main disadvantage of ABS is its strong tendency to warp. You can counteract warping by using adhesives, heated building platforms and spaces. Many everyday objects (such as LEGO bricks) and industrial products contain ABS thermoplastics. Click on this link to get to ABS filament.
Advantages of ABS filament
- Very heat and weather resistant
- Durable and resistant to oils and greases
- The material is light and yet stable
- Smooth and scratch-resistant surface
- Easy to bend slightly
- ABS can be chemically and mechanically reworked
ABS filament – Disadvantages
- Less resistance to UV light, for this you prefer to use ASA
- High susceptibility to warping – this can be counteracted by adhesive, heated building platforms and installation spaces
- Ideally, closed and heated installation spaces are used for 3D printing
- Conditionally resistant to chemicals – Dissolves in acetone
Applications of ABS
- 3D printing of prototypes
- Numerous everyday objects (e.g. LEGO bricks)
- Many components in industry
- Parts for motor vehicles
What are the advantages of ABS+ over normal ABS filament?
ABS+ is an ABS-based material which has been optimized by the totaling of additives. The additives make ABS+ easier to process and less prone to warping. Furthermore, ABS+ is the perfect material if you want to 3D-print very durable and strong components with excellent mechanical properties.
ABS+ – Advantages of this filament
- Extremely strong and resistant material
- Very high impact strength
- Optimized mechanical properties
- Excellent adhesion of the individual layers to each other
- Much higher melting point than PLA and conventional ABS
- No harmful fumes
ABS+ – Disadvantages of this filament
- Machine components with increased requirements
- Industrial prototypes and components
- Objects that have to be very light
- ABS+ has limited resistance to chemicals – Dissolves in acetone
Applications for ABS+
- Objects which are exposed to the weather
- Stable and mechanically resilient components
- For applications where normal ABS is not sufficient
Where is it recommended to use ABS flame retardant?
If you use ABS in electrical engineering, automotive engineering or other applications – where the avoidance of fire risks is important – you should buy flame-retardant ABS. Normal ABS is very durable and resistant. However, it has one crucial disadvantage; it can burn. This modified ABS filament is flame retardant. The material does not burn and extinguishes itself when the fire supply is omitted. It meets the UL-94 V0 standard for fire resistance.
Advantages of ABS flame-retardant filament
- Similar properties to conventional ABS filament
- Flame retardant due to attached adhesives
- Light, strong and durable
- Exposed to a fire source, it extinguishes itself as soon as the fire source ceases to exist
Disadvantages of ABS flame retardant filament
- Similar disadvantages to other ABS filaments
ABS Flame retardant is used for
- Ideal for electronic components and assemblies
- Components for automobiles and motor vehicles
- Aerospace applications
What are the advantages of ASA filament over ABS?
3D printing with ASA (Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate) filament if you need a UV stable, weather resistant and durable 3D printing material. Unlike ABS, it is even better for applications that require high UV stability. Moreover, ASA parts are perfect for prototypes that have similar properties to injection molded parts. In particular, it's significantly higher UV resistance is an advantage of ASA over ABS.
ASA filament – Advantages
- Excellent resistance of the material
- Resists UV-light, water and weather influences
- Minimal tendency to warping - low material distortion
- Easy processing thanks to low warping
ASA filament – Disadvantages
- Requires a high processing temperature
- A heated pressure bed and ideally a heated construction chamber
- Dissolves in chemicals such as acetone
Applications for ASA filament
Generative production of motor vehicle and ship components
- Additive manufacturing of outdoor components exposed to sunlight, e.g. parts for your garden or patio
- Create large-format models with your 3D printer
ESD – Conductive ESD filament on PETG basis
With ESD filament, you can 3D print components and objects that are protected from electrostatic discharge. This material property plays a decisive role especially in electrical engineering. Since ESD is based on PETG, it is also resistant to salts, acids and alkalis.
Advantages of the ESD filament
- 3D prints from this filament are protected against electrostatic discharge
- Resistance to salts, acids and alkalis
- Reduced shrinkage and warping
- ESD consists of PETG, conductive carbon-based additives and other additives
Disadvantages of the ESD filament
- Should only be used for special applications due to the high costs involved
Fields of application for ESD
- Perfect for applications in the electrical industry
- End component in electronics
- Applications in industry and tool construction
With flexible filament, you 3D print elastic and impact-resistant components. This material is rubbery, flexible and withstands high pressure and stretch. Use it to make industrial prototypes, useful household items, and medical models.
Advantages of flexible filament
- Elastic and impact resistant
- Rubbery and flexible
- Pressure and elongation loading of the filament is possible
- Low warping and material shrinkage
- Resistant to oils, fats, weak acids and alkalis
- Temperature resistance up to 130 ° C
Disadvantages of flexible filament
- Not suitable for use with 3D printers equipped with Bowden extruders
Flexible filament is used here
- Industrial prototypes and components
- Medicine for Models
GLASS is based on PETG and is reinforced with glass fibres and additives. The material is characterized by its high resistance to acids, salts, alkalis and other solvents. With GLASS filament you can easily 3D-print very resistant and durable components. Furthermore, the material is perfectly suited for the generative manufacturing of robust objects and components.
Advantages of GLASS filament
- Semi-transparent and very durable filament
- Resistant to scratches, UV light and chemicals
- Minimized warping tendency
- 3D printing of high-quality components with smooth surfaces
- High material density for a valuable feeling
- Perfect for designers, developers and industrial applications
Disadvantages of GLASS filament
- Compared to other 3D printing materials, it has a relatively high density and is therefore heavy – A high weight is disadvantageous for some applications
For this you can use GLASS
- Translucent models and components
- Industrial prototypes
- Objects with glass optics
- Parts for outdoor use
- Accessories and components for motor vehicles
HIPS – High Impact Polystyrene
Buy HIPS filament and you'll get an easy-to-use High Impact Polystyrene filament. This material is perfect as support material for your 3D printer. In everyday use, this thermoplastic is often used for computer, TV and other electronic enclosures. Many refrigerators have a first inner layer of cold-resistant HIPS plastic. If you use HIPS as support filament, you have to use limes to dissolve HIPS.
HIPS filament – Advantages
- 3D printing matt, flat and large surfaces
- Produce large functional and durable prototypes
- HIPS can be used as support or support material for 3D printing
- Minimizes warping and has good mechanical properties
- Finished prototypes and consumables additive
- Very good price-performance ratio
HIPS filament – Disadvantages
- If HIPS is used as support material, it has the disadvantage that it only dissolves in limonen
- HIPS dissolves only very slowly
These applications are suitable for the use of HIPS
- Model construction of large objects with flat surfaces
- Architecture and design models
- Enclosures for electronics and other applications
- For testing geometries before series production by injection molding
- Components which are produced in small series production
Metal (metal optics)
Metal filament consists of a basic material - mostly PLA - and genuine metal particles. Here you can buy metal filaments with real copper, brass or bronze particles. With the metal filament you can print real-looking objects with a very high metal content in 3D. Even if the objects feel real, they are things that only give an optical and haptic impression of real metal. Due to the base carrier material made of plastic, the metal filament has only minimal metallic properties such as electrical conductivity, durability and resistance.
Advantages of metal filament
- Realistic metal look thanks to real metal content
- Because it is based on PLA, it is very easy and reliable to process
- Super for 3D printing of antique and old-looking components and objects
- The haptic impression when touching feels – also due to the high weight – genuine and of high value
Disadvantages of metal filament
- Very limited metal properties
- No to low electrical conductivity
- In contrast to PLA and other filaments, it is costly to
These objects can be 3D-printed with metal filament
- Prototypes with metal optics
- Design and architecture objects
- Components that require high weight and low strength at the same time
PA 6 as nylon filament
PA6, which is also known under the trade name Nylon, is a thermoplastic. It is used in many everyday objects, products for garden and household as well as industrial applications. Nylon filament can be formed by the application of heat and can be used for 3D printing. Furthermore, nylon filament requires a high processing temperature, a good adhesive and preferably a heatable construction chamber. In addition, nylon filament has a strong tendency to absorb moisture from the ambient air, which has a negative effect on 3D printing results.
Nylon Filament – Advantages
- The advantages of nylon are its very high mechanical strength and stiffness
- Components made of this filament are very impact resistant and tensile
- Hard and weather-resistant surface
- Rework nylon components very well
- Nylon or PA6 can be recycled and reused
Nylon filament – Disadvantages
- Very strong tendency to warping
- Medium UV stability
- Requires high processing temperatures and preferably a closed and heated construction chamber
- Nylon filament has a strong tendency to absorb water – so store it dry and keep it away from moisture (even from indoor air)
Nylon is used for these applications
- Clothing, textiles and other everyday objects
- Technical fabrics (e.g. screen fabrics for paper production)
- Ropes and lines (e.g. fishing lines or mowing threads for lawn trimmers)
- Technical applications such as dowels, screws, housings, plain bearings, insulators, cable ties or gears
PC – Polycarbonate filament
The thermoplastic PC (polycarbonate) can be found in many applications of our daily life. You will discover polycarbonates in CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, spectacle lenses, optical lenses, car headlight components, suitcases, smartphone covers, safety helmets, countless disposable medical products and many other everyday applications. Because of its high strength, many windows are made of polycarbonates instead of glass.
Advantages of PC Polycarbonate filament
- High strength, impact strength, stiffness and hardness
- Polycarbonate (PC) is suitable as an insulator against electrical current
- Resistant to water, most mineral acids, salts and oxidizing agents
- Flammable – Extinguishes after fire source is removed
- In many applications it is used as a glass substitute due to its low weight
Disadvantages of PC polycarbonate filament
- Weak resistance to UV light
- Very high processing temperature between 240 and 280 °C
- Not resistant to chlorinated hydrocarbons, alkaline aqueous solutions, amines, ammonia and organic solvents
For these applications you use PC – Polycarbonate
- CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays
- Optical applications (e.g. spectacle lenses, lenses or car headlamps)
- Windows in airplanes
- Suitcases, cases and backs of mobile phones
- Solar panels and other electrotechnical applications
- Protective helmets, visors and glazing for conservatories and greenhouses
- Frequently used in medicine due to its good biocompatibility
PCABS (polycarbonate ABS) filament
PCABS is one of the most widely used thermoplastics. Polycarbonate mixed with ABS plastic has the best properties of PC and ABS. Furthermore, Polycarbonate give it the superior strength and thermal resistance and ABS the required flexibility. PCABS is mainly used in the automotive, electrical and telecommunications industries.
PCABS Filament – Advantages
- Very durable
- Resistant to salts, acids and alkalis
- UV, temperature and chemical resistant
PCABS Filament – Disadvantages
- Requires a very high processing temperature
- Like ABS, this material tends to warping
PCABS is best suited for the following applications
- Additive Manufacturing of functional prototypes and final components
- 3D printing of housings for electronics and end components
- Components exposed to chemicals
- Objects exposed to weather and sunlight outdoors
- PCABS is used in the automotive, electrical and telecommunications industries
PETG (polyethylene terephthalate) is obtained from PET by modification with glycol. Have you ever drunk from a disposable cola or 1.5 litre water bottle? Then you have already come into contact with PET yourself. PET is one of the most frequently used thermoplastics in our everyday objects and packaging. Moreover, PET is now also available as PETG for your 3D printer. This material is very transparent and has a low viscosity.
Advantages of PETG filament
- Resistance to salts, acids and alkalis
- Suitable for the production of mechanical components
- UV-stable and weather-resistant
- Very durable material
- Finished beautiful semi-transparent objects made of PETG
- The modification with glycol optimizes the melting and crystallization point of conventional PET for 3D printing
- 3D print PETG as simple as PLA filament
Disadvantages of PETG filament
- PETG components are dimensionally stable up to a maximum of 70° C
These products are made of PETG
- Components for industry (transparent sheaths)
- Packaging, sleeves and storage boxes for foodstuffs
- Prototypes and final components exposed to chemical and environmental influences
- 3D printing of models and design objects (such as vases, packaging or covers for outdoor use)
Along with ABS, PLA (Polyactide) is one of the longest existing filaments on the market. This thermoplastic is a synthetic polymer and classified as a polyester. Organic components from renewable raw materials such as corn starch are mostly used for this synthesis of Polyactide. PLA filament is inexpensive, easy to process and ideal for beginners. It has a minimal warping tendency and is perfect for prototype and model making. Because of these properties, PLA is most commonly used in 3D printing. Moreover, PLA is also recyclable and biodegradable.
Advantages of PLA
- Good-value material for your 3D printer
- Simple processing leads quickly and easily to good results
- Consists of biological raw materials and is recyclable
- Requires only low processing temperatures and no enclosed building space
- Nearly any 3D printer can work with PLA filament
- PLA components are biodegradable and environmentally friendly
Disadvantages of PLA
- Low temperature resistance
- Little resistance to chemicals
- Decomposes over time due to weather influences
- PLA filament can draw water, so you should always store it in a dry place
PLA is recommended for these applications
- Prototype and model construction with 3D printing
- Large-format 3D printing models in art, education, architecture and medicine
- Recyclable and biodegradable packaging
- PLA blends are also used for the production of writing instruments, office supplies or mulch films for agriculture
PP – Polypropylene filament
Thermoplastics are the second most frequently manufactured and used plastic in the world. PP is found in many of our everyday objects such as water bottles, packaging, pipes, textiles and medical products. Polypropylene is characterized by its low weight, high chemical and mechanical resistance and biocompatibility. These outstanding material properties make this plastic so versatile. But why isn't PP already being used more frequently in 3D printing today? This material has a strong tendency to warp. We therefore recommend the use of a heatable building bed, closed building space and ideally this can be heated.
PP (Polypropylene) filament – Advantages
- PP is very light due to its low density
- Polypropylene has high chemical resistance and excellent mechanical properties
- Components made of this material can be stretched and stressed more strongly
- PP filament is FDA approved, food safe and biocompatible – Check with your manufacturer
- Basically PP is easy to recycle
PP – polypropylene filament – Disadvantages
- PP has a strong tendency to warping
- Process polypropylene with heated building platforms and in closed spaces
- The optimum processing quality of PP requires a heated installation space
Use PP for these use cases – Polypropylene
- Application in mechanical engineering and vehicle construction for interior fittings, dashboards and housings for batteries
- Use in electrical engineering for transformer housings and insulation of cables
- In the construction industry, the use of pipes, fittings, fittings or prestressed concrete is common
- PP is used for textiles, sports articles and other household articles
- Many water bottles, packaging and medical products are made of polypropylene
- Use in surgery for implants
Polyvinyl alcohol (also called PVA, PVAL or PVOH) is a water-soluble thermoplastic. PVA is a component of many industrial applications, also in your household you will already have used products containing PVA. For example, hairspray and glue sticks contain parts of PVA, even tabs for your dishwasher or washing machine are based on this impressive plastic. Even sausage packaging and medical applications are made with PVA. Now PVA is available as a filament for your 3D printer. In this application it serves mainly as support material for your 3D prints.
Advantages of PVA filament
- PVA is water soluble, i.e. it dissolves completely in water.
- Polyvinyl alcohol can be used for 3D printing of complex and fine components
- Use PVA to add undercuts and bionic structures with your FFF/FDM-3D printer
- This material forms an excellent layer, adheres impressively and is adhesive
- Its high tensile strength and flexibility extend its field of application
- PVA is considered harmless and is also used in food packaging
Disadvantages of PVA filament
- PVA filament draws moisture from the air very quickly, making it unusable for further use
- Polyvinyl alcohol filament is relatively expensive
PVA filament is suitable for the following applications
- PVA is used in adhesives, hairsprays, shampoos and latex lacquers
- Polyvinyl alcohol is used as glue in paper production and for numerous other applications
- In 3D printing, PVA is mainly used as a water-soluble support material
- Thanks to polyvinyl alcohol you can realize very complex geometries with overhangs
Wood filament for your 3D printer
3D print with Wood filament and you get components with a wood look. Furthermore, Wood contains real wood particles with a PLA portion to join them together. Now you can add components, objects and prototypes that give you a visual and haptic impression of holding a real wooden object in front of you or in your hand. Even your sense of smell perceives the Wood filament as true wood. When you process wood, you smell the typical smell of wood in your nose. Wood filament emits the same very pleasant and relaxing natural smell.
Wood/wood filament – Advantages
- Wood filament offers you real wood look and feel
- Components made of wood filament feel like real wood
- During 3D printing the filament smells of natural wood
Wood/wood filament – disadvantages
- Since it is based on PLA, it is in principle only as resistant as PLA filament
- Another disadvantage is the tendency to clog up/log your nozzle
- For these projects you work best with Wood Filament
- Manufacture finished design models additive
- 3D print prototypes and unique pieces with wood look on your 3D printer
Material data & possible applications of the most common filament for your 3D printer using the example of PrimaCreator Filaments
Material data from the 3D Prima Filament brand PrimaCreator
Specific weight (density)
3D printing temperature
Printing bed temperature
Example use cases
±0,05 / ±0,10 mm
1.24 g/cm ³
Prototyping & Model making
Large-format 3D printing models
Recyclable and biodegradable packaging
±0,05 / ±0,10 mm
1.03 g/cm ³
Cheap prototype production for DIY enthusiasts
Numerous everyday objects (LEGO building blocks, car parts)
Consistent, durable and lightweight components & parts
±0,05 / ±0,10 mm
1.24 g/cm ³
Prototyping & model making in arts, architecture, design, medicine
PrimaSelect PLA PRO
±0,05 / ±0,10 mm
1.27 g/cm ³
220 - 240°C
More heat resistant and stable prototypes
Partly as an easy-to-process replacement for ABS
±0,05 / ±0,10 mm
1.27 g/cm ³
Resistant and food-safe (clear PETG) packaging
Easy-to-complete prototypes and final parts
±0,05 / ±0,10 mm
1.14 g/cm ³
Industrial prototypes and components
3D models in medical technology
Applications with acid and temperature resistance
±0,05 / ±0,10 mm
1.03 g/cm ³
± 103 °C
Professional prototype manufacturing
Motor vehicle components
±0,05 / ±0,10 mm
240 - 260°C
±0,05 / ±0,10 mm
1.04 g/cm ³
Housing for electronics and other technical applications
Simulation of injection molded parts on your 3D printer
Dissolvable as a support structure in Limonen
±0,05 / ±0,10 mm
1.19 g/cm ³
Prototypes and design objects with a haptically rough surface in carbon look
±0,05 / ±0,10 mm
1.20 g/cm ³
± 45 °C
3D print complex objects with real wood look and feel
Perfect for craftsmanship, hobby and designer
PrimaSelect PC (Polycarbonate)
±0,05 / ±0,10 mm
1.20 g/cm ³
Ready-made resilient components and enclosures for electronics additive
Aerospace, protective helmets, visors and medical applications
PC is biocompatible
±0,05 / ±0,10 mm
1.20 g/cm ³
± 45 °C
Art objects with real metal look and Haptik, models for architecture
3D printing of heavy components with low strength
Warning: No metal properties
PrimaSelect ABS FLAME RETARDANT
±0,05 / ±0,10 mm
1.18 g/cm ³
Hard-flammable components for electronics, automotive and motor vehicles
±0,05 / ±0,10 mm
1.23 g/cm ³
PVA is found in adhesive pens, hairsprays, shampoos & other consumer items
Use PVA in 3D printing as water-solvable support material to additively manufacture complex overhangs and structures
Environmentally friendly, due to working with water and no aggressive chemicals
PrimaSelect The ASA +
±0,05 / ±0,10 mm
230 - 255°C
80 - 95 °C
Additive manufacturing of parts exposed to weather influences
3D printing of motor vehicle and ship components
Generative production of large mechanisms and 3D models
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Color filament for your 3D printer
The object to be 3D printed is created from filament – it is important to pay attention to absolute quality. Furthermore, you should select the filament of the right brand and for the right application purpose. We are happy to help you! Among the best known filament materials are PLA, PETG, ABS, TPU and HIPS filaments. We are your reliable partner when it comes to 3D printers, filaments, spare parts & accessories. For any question, we are happy to advise you in detail and without obligation.
In which colors is the filament available?
The filament is available in a variety of colors and shades. In addition to the standard colors of the RAL design system (red, yellow and green) we offer a huge variety of different mixtures. By adding real metal, wood or stone particles, you can 3D print real-looking objects.
What materials does 3D Prima's filament consist of?
We carry filaments sorted according to various criteria such as type of plastic, support material, optics, material properties, color and diameter. Buy different filaments in the online shop of 3D Prima. For example we offer filaments made of carbon, glow in the dark, wood, stone or transparent. Buy here PLA, ABS, PETG, PETT, Nylon (PA), PC, PP, Ultem, PEEK and many more.
Where can I buy filament with advanced material properties?
You will also find filaments with advanced material properties such as conductive, water soluble, abrasion resistant, cleaning, magnetic, color changing, flexible, fire resistant, food safe, magnetic and heat resistant. Of course we carry the filaments in all imaginable colors from red, green, yellow and blue to white, grey, brown and black to orange, ochre, purple, transparent, crystal clear, pink, violet and silver as well as gold.
I need filament in a special size (250g, 500g, 750g, 1000g, 2000g, 3000g, 1kg, 2,3kg & 3kg) and diameter (1,75, 2,85/3mm)– Where can I buy it?
Here you can buy your filament in a special size like 250g (0,25kg), 500g (0,5kg), 750g, 1000g (1kg) and 2300g (2,3kg) and 3kg. You can also find the filaments (3D printing material, 3D printer material) here in various thicknesses from 1.75 mm to 2.85 mm and 3.00 mm. Filament is usually wound on spools or rolls and sold airtight packed.
Buy filament for 3D printers – What are filaments and where else does this term occur?
The term filament means thread, wire, fiber or string, to name just a few. The term filament is also used in biology, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. The word derives from the Latin expression filamentum (threadwork) and filum (thread). In the textile sector, filament is the term for fibres of virtually unlimited length. Filaments are also referred to as endless fibres. A filament is often defined as a fibre of at least 1000 metres. Other applications of the term filament include light bulbs, electric heaters and natural plant fibres. Filament is also referred to in the context of blockchain.
What are typical materials for 3D printing?
Typical materials for 3D printing are plastics, resins, ceramics, wood and metals. Here you will find the following filaments for your 3D printer: PLA (polylactide filament), ABS (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene), PETG (polyethylene terephthalate), HIPS (high-impact polystyrene), ASA (acrylic ester-styrene-acrylonitrile), nylon, flexible, metal, wood, special and suitable support material.
PLA filament – PLA plastic for the simplest 3D printing
The most commonly used filament in 3D printers for 3D printing is PLA (Polylactid Filament). Polylactides, also known as polylactic acids (PLA), are synthetic polymers. They belong to the group of polyesters. PLA can be used to generatively produce moldable plastics by applying heat. Besides ABS and PETG filament, PLA is one of the most widely used materials for 3D printers using the FDM/FFF technology. Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) or Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) is a process used in the field of rapid prototyping, rapid tooling and additive manufacturing. This technology creates 3D objects with meltable plastic (thermoplastics) layer by layer.
Buy 3D printer filament – Here you will find matching 3D printing material & printer material
Where to buy filament? Here you find current, high-quality filaments (3D printer material, printing material) at a reasonable price. Buy now in the online shop of 3D Prima a large selection of good-value filaments: PLA (PrimaValue, PrimaSelect, PrimaSelect Pro), ABS (PrimaValue, PrimaSelect, PrimaSelect Flame, PrimaSelect ABS+), PETG (PrimaSelect, Taulman, Nexeo3D), HIPS, ASA, Nylon (Nexeo3D, Taulman, PrimaCreator), Flexible (NinjaTek), Metal, Wood, Special (PC/Polycarbonate, Carbon, Polypropylene/PP), solvable support material (PVA, HIPS), resin (DLP, UV Laser, SLA, Daylight Resin), XZXPrinting (da Vinci Color, da Vinci Series, da Vinci Jr / Mini, Nobel Resin) and filament for Zortrax (M200, M300, Inventure).
Buy 3D Printing Material – Filament, filamentum and purchase 3D printing material
If you would like to buy 3D printing material (filament, filamentum, 3D printing material), then browse through our online shop's assortment. Benefit from our own large warehouse, fast shipping, fast delivery time and best filament prices. If you have any questions, please contact us directly. We will be happy to advise you in detail and without obligation: +49 931/45436640. Or write us an e-mail: email@example.com
FAQ – Filaments
Which filament do I need for my application?
It all depends on your application. For an easy, quick and affordable way to get started with 3D printing, we recommend using PLA filament. If you want to 3D print more sophisticated components, you should switch to ABS, ASA, Nylon, PP or other industrial plastics. A disadvantage of these more advanced filaments is the more difficult processing of these.
Where can I buy the perfect filament for my 3D printer?
You've come to the right place. On this page you will find a wide selection of filaments for your 3D printer. Click through the range, find out and select the filament for your application.
Where can I buy cheap 3D printer filament?
If you want to buy cheap filament, you've come to the right place. 3D Prima offers you a wide range of filaments from different manufacturers. Our own filament brand PrimaCreator offers you high-quality and inexpensive materials for your 3D printer.
What are the differences between the different filaments?
The basic materials for the different filaments are very similar. Depending on the manufacturer and substantial, the material properties are specifically controlled by the addition of additives and optimized for diverse applications.
What is the best material / filament for 3D printing?
Depending on what you want to 3D print, which 3D printer you own or what your level of experience is, you should buy different materials and filaments for yourself. Beginners should start to 3D print PLA or PETG on an entry-level 3D printer. If you can control the process you can move on to more advanced materials.
How strong is metal filament for 3D printers?
When looking at metal filament, always keep in mind that metal filament is based on PLA. Furthermore, the portion of PLA holds the metal particles together and bonds them. As a result, metal filament for FFF/FDM 3D printers is only as strong as PLA.
What is filament used for?
Filament is used for light bulbs and for 3D printers. The term filament refers to the thread-like material used for 3D printing. The plastic wire is melted by heating and emerges liquid at the nozzle. Extruded the liquified material solidifies and sticks to the material underneath.
What is filament for?
In 3D printing, filament is the wire-shaped plastic material that is used by 3D printers to produce objects and components additively. Look on the data sheet of your 3D printer and see which filaments your 3D printer can process. The main factors responsible for 3D printing different materials is the maximum temperature of the extruder, enclosed and heated building chamber, heated print bed and amount of extruders.
How much does filament cost for 3D printers?
How much filament costs depends on the type of material and the quality of the filament. Make sure you choose a filament that meets your needs and is suitable for your application. Prices for 1 kilogram of filament start at less than €20 and go up to several hundred €, depending on the filament material.
What is FFF/FDM filament?
FFF/FDM filament is the material with which "standard" 3D printers work. Most 3D printers known today from Ultimaker, Makerbot or Prusa use FFF/FDM technology. Moreover, filament is a consumable that is supplied in thread form and is usually wound on a spool.
Where can I buy filament?
Nowadays more and more online shops, stationary shops and marketplaces like Amazon, Ebay or Otto.de offer filaments for 3D printers. It's best to buy the filament for your 3D printer from a trusted brand. Our PrimaCreator brand filaments offer you high quality at a very attractive price. Buy them cheap online here.
Which filament brand should I buy?
You should buy the brand of filament that best suits your needs, applications and budget. PrimaCreator offers filaments for a variety of applications and budgets. Have a look at our different materials.
What should I look out for when buying filaments?
When buying filaments, you should pay special attention to quality. This must match your requirements, your level of knowledge and your budget. For the quick production of design models you can buy a cheap filament. For components that have to fulfil a function, you should pay attention to quality! Cheaper, low quality, filaments often have problems with maintaining the same filament diameter through the whole spool of material.
How do I know which filament to buy?
When buying filament, check the description and specifications on your 3D printer. There you can see which diameter your extruder can process and to which temperature you can heat the hot end, heating bed and installation space. Filaments differ in these criteria:
- Type of thermoplastic
- Heat resistance
- Impact strength
- Filament diameter
What is the better filament diameter – 1.75 or 2.85 mm?
On the market for filaments there are currently two different sizes. You can choose between thread-shaped filaments with a diameter of 1.75 mm and 2.85 (3)mm. 1.75 mm filament is the most widely used filament and is therefore available in a wide range of different materials, colors and lengths. 2.85 mm filament is more stable due to its larger diameter and somewhat easier to use with Bowden extruders. Many industrial and professional 3D printers work with 2.85 mm diameter. For example Ultimaker and Creatbot.
Differences, advantages and disadvantages of 1.75 and 2.85/3 mm filament diameters?
Most of the filaments offered here have a diameter of 1.75 or 2.85 mm. Usually they are the same material, the same thermoplastics with a different filament thickness. 2.85 mm filaments are better for use in Bowden setup 3D printers due to their enhanced stiffness. On the other hand 1.75 mm filament is more commonly used and offers a larger variety.
How much filament is on a 500 gram, 750 gram or 1 kilogram filament spool?
If a filament spool has a value of 500, 750 grams, 1 or 2.3 kilograms, this is always the net weight of the filament without the weight of the spool, roll or package. At 3D Prima you always get the promised filament weight.
What is PVA filament?
PVA can be used as a carrier or support material. Furthermore, PVA is water soluble and dissolving. of PVA can be accelerated by the circulation of the water. Tip for quick dissolving of PVA support material: Put the 3D print with PVA support material in water for 10 minutes, then you can simply remove the support material with pliers.
What is PVA filament used for in 3D printing?
In 3D printing, PVA (polyvinyl alcohol) is often used as a water-soluble support/support material? Place the component with PVA support material in a water bath. This dissolves PVA residue-free. By using PLA you can 3D-print very complex components with undercuts and overhangs.
Is PVA material toxic?
PVA material should not be eaten by humans. However, it is classified as rather harmless, but you should make sure that your children and kids do not put the filament in their mouth or eat it. PVA is not only used in 3D printing as a filament, but also in conventional glue sticks.
Is PLA filament approved for food use?
Unmodified PLA filament is approved for the use with food by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration). However, there is one restriction. Only pure PLA without colorants or additives is approved for food contact.
Which filament can I use for 3D printing of food packaging?
You can use PLA, PETG and PP (polypropylene) filament for 3D printing of food packaging. Make sure that the material is approved by the manufacturer for food contact by the FDA or a European authority.
Which filament should I buy for food contact?
Buy PrimaSELECT PLA, PETG and PP (polypropylene) filament for 3D printing of components, objects or items that come into contact with food. Make sure that the filament manufacturer has approved the material for food contact.
Is ABS filament approved for 3D printing of food packaging?
ABS filament is not suitable for food contact. We recommend that you do not use ABS for food contact and food packaging – Better use PLA, PETG or PP.
Can I use PETG filament for food grade 3D printing/Additive Manufacturing?
PETG is based on PET. This material is modified with glycol to produce PETG. If you 3D print packaging or objects that come into contact with food, you can basically use pure PETG without additives and colorants.
Which filament is food safe?
Pure PLA, PETG and PP are classified as food safe. Of course, it depends on whether the filament of a particular manufacturer is certified for use with food.
Which filament is very temperature resistant?
Filaments made of ABS, HIPS, PC (polycarbonates) or PP (polypropylene) are considered temperature resistant. If you want to 3D print with very high temperature resistance, you should use the high-tech thermoplastics PEEK (polyetheretherketone), PPSU (polyphenylene sulfone) or Ultem (PEI). These resist – for plastics – extremely high temperatures.
Which filament do I need at high temperatures?
For 3D printing at very high temperatures, you should use high-tech thermoplastics PEEK (polyetheretherketone), PPSU (polyphenylene sulfone) or Ultem (PEI). To process these filaments you need a high-temperature 3D printer with an enclosed and actively heated building chamber.
Where can I find material for my 3D printer?
At 3D Prima you can find material for your 3D printer. Buy here PLA, PETG, ABS and other powerful filaments. We also sell our materials through Amazon, Ebay and a widespread network of resellers. Contact us if you want to get more information about our products.
What is the best filament for my 3D printer?
Which is the best filament for your 3D printer depends entirely on what you want to produce with your 3D printer. You should also consider what your level of experience is, what 3D printer you are using, and what you intend to use your 3D prints for. Beginners are best off using PLA or PETG filament.
What is filament for 3D printers?
Filament is the consumable for your FFF/FDM 3D printer. This consumable comes as a long wire on a spool and reel. It is wound up and spooled and ready for 3D printing.
Which filament should I use for Additive Manufacturing?
Which filament you should use for your Additive Manufacturing depends on which objects you want to 3D print. If you want to produce simple models, use PLA or PETG. For more demanding applications, use ABS, PC, nylon or more durable materials.
What are well-known filament manufacturers?
- das Filament
Who makes the best filament?
On the market are a couple of good filament suppliers who make good filaments. We recommend our own filament brands by PrimaCreator:
- PrimaVALUE: Good-value filament
- PrimaSELECT: Advanced filaments & different materials
- EasyPrint: Easy to 3D print – Good results guaranteed
Where can I buy filament for Generative Manufacturing?
If you're wondering where to buy filament for Generative Manufacturing, you'll find the answer at 3D Prima. Buy filament for your FFF/FDM-3D printer here. Filaments from PrimaCreator are of high quality and have a very good price-performance ratio.
Which filament do I need for model making?
Use PLA filament for many applications in model making. If the components are to be subjected to higher loads, we recommend ABS, PC, ESD, PP or high-tech thermoplastics such as PEEK or Ultem (PEI). Contact us for specific questions about 3D printers, filaments, resin & accessories.
Where can I get the filament for my application?
Here you can get the filament for your application. 3D Prima offers you a wide range of different filaments with different material properties. Click through the assortment and find the filament for you and your application.
Where can I get ABS filament for my 3D printer?
Here you will find the ABS filament that best suits your 3D printer and your application. Click your way through the 3D Prima filament and find the optimal consumables for you and your application.
Is PLA the filament for easy 3D printing?
If you just want to 3D print, PLA is the filament for you. The thermoplastic material PLA is characterized by a very low tendency to warping, good layer adhesion and low-temperature processing. Furthermore this thermoplastic does not smell bad, is safe and environmentally-friendly. PLA can already be cleanly extruded at temperatures around 200 ° C.
Which filament should I use as a beginner?
As a beginner in 3D printing you should best use PLA or PETG filament. These materials are easy to process and have a relatively low tendency to warp. A disadvantage of PLA is its relatively low temperature resistance.
What is the filament for simple 3D printing?
PLA is the filament for simple 3D printing. The material is very suitable for beginners due to its simple processing. Alternatively you can use PETG as the filament of your choice for 3D printing.
Why should beginners use PLA as the filament of choice?
PLA is relatively easy to process at low temperatures. It has very little warping tendency and is very cheap compared to other materials. All these features make PLA the filament of choice when you want to get into 3D printing cheaply and easily.
PLA – The filament for model making?
If you're wondering if PLA is the filament for model making, here's the answer. In principle, PLA is very suitable for 3D printing of models, design templates and simple applications. 3D printing components that can withstand higher thermal and mechanical stress should work better with other materials such as ABS, PC, PCABS, PP, Nylon or high performance materials such as PEEK or PEI.
Is PETG the filament for food grade 3D printing?
When it comes to 3D printing of food grade components, packaging and objects, you should consider PETG as the filament for this application. PETG is a glycol-modified PET material. The PrimaCreator PETG natural and clear is food safe according to FDA standards. Other colors should not come into contact with food.
Is PETG the filament that will replace PLA in the future?
PETG filament is becoming more and more popular. PETG is now used in an increasing number of applications. PETG is therefore a material that is being used more and more as a filament than PLA. Compared to PETG, however, PLA filament has an even greater price advantage. Furthermore, PLA is very environmental friendly. At 3D Prima you will find both PLA and PETG filaments.
What colors does 3D Prima filament come in?
3D Prima filament comes in a wide variety of colors and shades. With us you will find many colors based on the RAL system. Depending on the type of plastic, you have access to a very wide range of colors. PLA, ABS and PETG have the widest range of different colors.
Why is it important to find the right filament for my application?
It is very important to find the right filament for your 3D printing application. If you process the wrong filament for your application, the finished parts won't last and will break quickly. If you leave PLA parts in your hot car in the summer, they may warp due to the heat influence.
How transparent is the PLA filament in its natural color?
The PLA filament is translucent to transparent. However, PLA components will never be completely transparent. 3D printed objects made of "transparent" PLA filament are translucent with a mostly slightly yellowish hue.
Where can I buy cheap & good-value PVA-Filament?
You can buy good-value PVA cheap in the online shop of 3D Prima. 3D print with PVA (polyvinyl alcohol) and your dual-extruder 3D printer complex structures and overhangs. Work with PVA as support material. Simplify wash the PVA with water after 3D printing.
Which filament should I buy with my 3D printer?
When you buy filament for your new 3D printer, you should pay attention to which material your 3D printer can process. You should also ask yourself what your level of knowledge of 3D printing technology is. Buy cheap PLA filament at the beginning and you can get good 3D prints relatively easily. 3D Primas PrimaValue PLA is a perfect filament for beginners.
What are the material properties of PLA?
PLA belongs to the group of thermally moldable plastics (thermoplastics). These can be melted by heating and formed into certain shapes. The material properties of PLA include its low melting point, relatively high density and low glass transition temperature.
What are the properties of PETG filament?
With PETG filament you can easily 3D print clear objects and components. This material allows 3D printing of transparent components that are very durable and do not absorb water. It is FDA approved for food contact. When you process the PETG filament, it does not emit unpleasant odors.
Where can I buy wood filament?
You can buy wood filament here in the online shop of 3D Prima. Wood filament usually consists of one portion of PLA and another portion of real wood particles. This gives you a real wood feel. WOOD filament is perfect for design objects, prototypes and works of art.
What is the right filament for Christmas 2019?
For Christmas 2019, we recommend 3D printing with PLA or PETG if you're looking for a filament that's easy to process. How about EasyPrint rainbow filament or metallic filament? Metal filament is also easy to process and gives your 3D prints a real haptic feel of metal based on real metal particles. All advanced users with a wealth of experience and a professional 3D printer can also buy and try out polycarbonates or polypropylene.
Which filament should I buy as a gift?
The best gift for your loved ones is to choose an EasyPrint PLA or EasyPrint PETG material that is easy to 3D print, safe and environmental friendly. Especially PrimaSelect PLA Metallic or Metal are great gifts for your loved ones. Due to the PLA base, these can also be easily produced on your 3D printer.
What companies sell filament for 3D printing?
You can now buy filament from a variety of suppliers and companies. We recommend that you use PrimaCreator filament. Furthermore, the filament from 3D Prima is tested, high quality and yet inexpensive. You can buy it here in the online shop, on Amazon, via resellers and other marketplaces.
Where can I buy PrimaValue filaments?
PrimaValue filaments can be bought in the online shop of 3D Prima, at Amazon, resellers and other marketplaces. The best way to buy it is here in the online shop. If you have any questions about PrimaCreator-Filament you can contact us directly.
What is so special about sandstone for your 3D printer?
The special thing about Sandstone filament for the 3D printer is the optical and felt impression of real sandstone. The filament with sandstone particles is easy to process and offers a real haptic feeling.
Why do I need filament for my 3D printer?
You need filament for your 3D printer to feed it with material it can process. Filament is like the printing ink on traditional 3D printers. Without filament, you can't make anything from your 3D printer.
I don't know which filament to buy – where can I get filament sample packs?
If you don't know which filament to process with your 3D printer, or if a filament is easy to process with your 3D printer, you should buy Filament Sample Packs. 3D Prima offers sample packs of all our PrimaCreator filaments at a great price.
I'm looking for filaments for my 3D printer
If you're looking for filaments for your 3D printers, 3D Prima is the right choice. Here you get good-value & high quality filaments. For instance, we have PLA, ABS, PETG, PP, Nylon and many other materials for you.
Where can I buy 1.75 mm & 2,85 mm diameter PVA filament?
Buy PVA-filament with 1,75 and 2,85 mm diameter in the online shop of 3D-Prima. With PVA you buy high quality support material for your 3D printer. 3D print complex structures and large overhangs.
Where can I get bronze filament?
At 3D Prima you get bronze filament. Here you get bronze filament and material with real bronze particles. If you are still unsure and don't want to buy a whole spool filament, buy a 50 g sample pack and try it out.
What is the best way to store filament – ABS, PLA, PETG and other filaments?
The best way to store filaments is to store them in a closed airtight box with dehumidifier in a dark place without direct UV radiation. The filaments thus remain dry and can be processed even after a long period of time.
In which online shop can I buy PLA filament?
If you want to buy PLA filament, the best way is to buy it in the online shop of 3D Prima. Here you get PLA filament in all possible colors and in different spool sizes.
Where can I get nylon filament with a diameter of 1.75 & 2.85 mm?
You can get nylon filament with 1.75 & 2.85 mm diameter from PrimaCreator in the online shop of 3D Prima, at Amazon or selected resellers. To benefit from the best prices click through the online shop of 3D Prima.
Who sells filament in UK, France, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Europe?
There is a large selection of manufacturers and sellers on the filament market in Germany. We recommend that you test a smaller amount of filament before buying a very large amount of filament. Order a sample pack and try it on your 3D printer.
Is there wooden filament?
The answer is – yes. There are filaments that have a high proportion of wood. However, the wood filament is not 100 percent wood, but often contains a portion of PLA or another thermoplastic that holds the individual real wood particles together. In 3D printing, wood filament definitely smells like real wood.
Here you can buy the filament and resin for your 3D printer online in the shop of 3D Prima. Find here ASA, PLA, PLA+, ABS, Nylon, PETG, PP, PC, PEI and other materials and resin for your 3D printer.