|Here you will find an overview of the available Ultimaker filament . Below you can see which filaments can be used with your Ultimaker 3D printer. You will see that Ultimaker PLA can be printed with any Ultimaker, but not Tough PLA, for example.|
Which Ultimaker filament can you print on your Ultimaker?
Which Ultimaker filament can you combine?
Which Ultimaker filament is best to use?
When choosing the right 3D printer filament, it is important to look at the properties of the model you want to print. But also to the environment in which it will be used. The points where you can select the right filament are:
The following filament descriptions can help you choose the right filament for your 3D printing application. For more detailed information, you can always consult the Data sheets.
Ultimaker PLA (polylactic acid)
PLA is a biodegradable polymer ideal for 3D printing prototypes. It has a good surface quality, is slightly glossy and prints details with a high resolution. Ultimaker PLA is a reliable and easy-to-print filament that can be printed at low temperatures. It has a low shrinkage factor and does not require the use of a heated build plate. It is the perfect choice for creating concept models, visualization tools or for use in education.
In general, PLA filament is not as strong as the more technical materials, but it does have a high tensile strength. It is not recommended for functional and mechanical parts. Items printed with Ultimaker PLA may lose their mechanical properties and may become brittle over time.
Ultimaker ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)
ABS is widely used by professionals for mechanical and engineering applications. Ultimaker ABS has great mechanical properties and can be used for objects that need to be tough and durable. Thanks to the heat resistance up to 85°C, ABS is suitable for hot environments. These properties make ABS a suitable choice for prototyping and fit testing.
ABS is sensitive to exposure to UV light. That is why we do not recommend using this ABS filament if the object is exposed to UV light for a long time.
Ultimaker CPE (co-polyester)
CPE is a popular filament for mechanical applications. It has the same strength as ABS and also has a high tensile strength, chemical resistance and dimensional stability. This means that CPE can be used in combination with most industrial oils and chemicals without adverse effects. CPE is odorless and emits few UFPs (ultrafine particles) and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) during printing. This makes it a safer choice than many other materials.
CPE should not be used for parts exposed to high temperatures, as CPE filament can deform at temperatures above 70°C.
Ultimaker CPE+ (co-polyester)
CPE+ is stronger than CPE. When strength is really important, you can choose CPE+ over CPE. CPE+ filament is mainly used for functional prototyping and modelling. It also has better temperature resistance than CPE. An object printed with CPE+ will not deform at temperatures up to 100°C.
3D printing with CPE+ is more of a challenge than with ordinary CPE. Due to the high temperatures required for printing.
Ultimaker PC (polycarbonate)
PC can be used for various technical applications. It is one of the toughest 3D printer filaments, making it a perfect choice for printing strong objects. PC has high mechanical strength, good UV stability and high thermal resistance. It retains its shape at temperatures up to 110°C. In addition, PC has good dimensional stability, is chemically resistant and has flame retardant properties. These properties make it suitable for lighting, moulds, technical parts, tooling, functional prototyping and short-term fabrication.
3D printing with PC can be challenging due to the high temperature required to print it.
Ultimaker Nylon (polyamide)
Nylon is a well-known material used for 3D printing tools, functional prototypes and end-use parts. Nylon combines strength, impact resistance and flexibility. Nylon 3D prints are both strong and somewhat flexible. Ultimaker Nylon is very durable due to its abrasion resistance and corrosion resistance to alkalis and organic chemicals.
Unlike standard nylon filaments, Ultimaker Nylon is considerably easy to use, it has reduced moisture absorption making it easy and reliable to print.
Ultimaker TPU 95A (thermoplastic polyurethane)
TPU 95A is a semi-flexible filament for use in applications requiring the properties of rubber and plastic.
TPU 95A has a score of 95 on the Shore A hardness scale, with an elongation of up to 580%. TPU 95A is flexible, strong and can withstand high impacts without deforming or breaking. It is also resistant to common industrial oils and chemicals and withstands normal wear and tear.
Unlike other (semi-)flexible materials, Ultimaker TPU 95A is easy to use, quick to print and does not require a high level of expertise to use effectively.
TPU 95A is not recommended for applications that will be exposed to UV light, moisture or high temperatures for extended periods of time.
Ultimaker PP (polypropylene)
As the second most widely used polymer in the world, PP offers many possibilities for both prototypes and end-use parts.
Ultimaker PP is durable with high toughness and fatigue resistance. This means that PP retains its shape after torsion, bending or bending. It has very low friction, so parts that come into contact with each other move smoothly over each other.
PP is also semi-flexible. Although it is not as flexible as TPU 95A, it can still be a good option if you are looking for a material with low flexibility. In addition to this, PP also has good chemical resistance and high electrical resistance, so it is ideal as an electrical insulator.
Another important advantage of PP is that it has a low density, making it perfect for making lightweight parts. Furthermore, it has good translucent properties.
Ultimaker PVA (polyvinyl alcohol)
Although PVA is not typically used for 3D printed objects, it is an ideal material for making soluble support structures. Ultimaker PVA is biodegradable, has good thermal stability and is less sensitive to moisture than other PVA filaments. After printing in combination with another material, PVA support structures can be easily removed by dissolving it in water. This makes PVA a good support filament and allows you to print models with large overhangs and complex shapes.
PVA is only supported on the Ultimaker 3 and Ultimaker s5. PVA is currently optimized to serve as a support filament for PLA or nylon.