ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) plastic is one of the most popular materials ordered through T3NDER. The raw material is usually bought as a reel of coloured ABS. The filament of ABS is fed through to the printer head, at which point the plastic is melted. A thin layer of melted plastic is deposited along a set profile, it then sets hard and another layer is deposited on top. This continues until your 3D model is complete.
ABS is one of the cheaper materials available due to the availability and cost of the 3D printers. However because of the way the layers are built on top of one another without melting the layer below, the surface finish can be poor and may require hand finishing.
Duraform is produced using the Stereolithography (SLA) method of 3D printing. The raw material is supplied as a liquid resin which is contained in a vat. A UV laser traces a cross-section of the part pattern on the surface of the liquid resin. Exposure to the ultraviolet laser light solidifies the pattern traced on the resin and joins it to the layer below. The quality of the surface finish is much better than ABS plastic due to the smaller layer thicknesses used in the SLA method.
Duraform is available in two forms; Duraform PA and Durform GF. The PA version is basically Nylon, whereas the GF version is glass-filled offering increased stiffness and temperature resistance. Both versions are generally built in white although various colours are available.
PEEK is an advanced engineering thermoplastic. It is printed using Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) process where a laser sinters the powdered PEEK material where required.It is the strongest and most durable of all the plastics available on T3NDER. It is often the go-to plastic for engineering applications where a metal part is unsuitable or too heavy. PEEK has good thermal and chemical resistance properties.