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Plastic

PLA

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  • Strength: Medium | Durability: Medium

  • Difficulty to use: Low

  • Print temperature: 180 – 230 °C

  • Shrinkage/warping: Minimal

First and foremost, PLA is easy to print with. It has a lower printing temperature than ABS and it doesn’t warp as easily, meaning a heated print bed isn’t required 

ABS

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  • Strength: High | Durability: High

  • Difficulty to use: Medium

  • Print temperature: 210 – 250 °C

  • Shrinkage/warping: Considerable

ABS is tough and can withstand high stress and temperature. It’s also moderately flexible, though there are certainly better options for that further down this list. 

PETG

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  • Strength: High | Durability: High

  • Difficulty to use: Low

  • Print temperature: 220 – 250 °C

  • Shrinkage/warping: Minimal

PETG is a good all-rounder but stands out from many other types of 3D printer filament due to its flexibility, strength, and resistance to high temperature and impact.

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