3D Printing Materials

We offer a number of filament materials for use with 3D printers. These range from ABS and PLA, the most commonly used filaments, to experimental materials for users to try and test.

ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene)
Advantages of ABS:
– higher impact resistance and more flexible than PLA
– tough and scratch-resistant surface
– easy to rework (gluing, sanding, painting)
– intensive, satin color

High Quality guaranteed:
-very low tolerances of the diameter
-very good roundness
-well selected raw material
-suitable for all 3D printer
Due to its high temperature resistance, this plastic is suitable for applications where PLA already gets soft. The heat distortion temperature of ABS at about 100°C and it is more impact-resistant and lighter than PLA.
Upon cooling, ABS shrinks more than PLA. The greater and faster the temperature difference drops, the more ABS gets deformed (warp). We therefore recommend the usage of a Heated Bed. You may preheat the plate to 80-110° C.
Because of the warpage, the first layer has to stick to the surface. You will get a strong bond using ABS-paint or print on a PEI plate or a raft.
High-precision prints are achievable with our ABS. And the beautiful colors make the use limitless.
ABS is resistant to oil and grease, alkalis and fuel.
ABS dissolves in acetone but not in Limonen.
If you use a Dual-Extruder with HiPS as support material, you can remove the HiPS with Limonen. The ABS structure remains intact.
ABS can be welded, glued and painted or galvanized after pretreatment.
The ABS filament is supplied wound on a spool, for smooth printing processes without knotting of the material as it is possible with coils.
This wire is primarily used for 3D Printer and Rapid Prototyper.
If foam comes out of the nozzle, the material has to be dried at ~ 75°C for two hours.

smartABS

Advantages of smartABS:
– less warp than common ABS
– tough and scratch-resistant surface
– easy to rework (gluing, sanding, painting)
– intensive, satin color
With smartABS you get 90% less junk.
The bond between the layers is much better, because smartABS has less warp than usual ABS.

PLA (Polylactic Acid)

Our PLA Filament offers excellent printing results with clean and nice surfaces.
PLA is easy to print and provides the simplest introduction to 3D printing.
High quality guaranteed:
-well selected commodity
-very low tolerance of the diameter
-very good roundness
-intense and shiny color
-suitable for all 3D printers
Made in Germany by Orbi-Tech©

Transparent PLA is great for calibrating your printer.
It is easy to detect bad spots in front of a light source, where the layer a not linked together.
PLA Standard is a hard material that is bendable like PS.
Our PLA is suitable for 3D printers with or without Heated Bed. If you are not using a Heated Bed, we recommend to use a suitable tape on the printing plate and, if necessary, to roughen it. Do you want to print with activated Heated Print Bed, we recommend temperatures of 40 to 60°C.

The temperature for the Hotend depends heavily on its precision and more than that of the printing speed.
You will get very good printing results with temperatures from 195 to 240°C at print speeds from 35 to 100 mm/sec.

PLA has very minimal shrinkage (warp) for easy printing of detailed objects.

This PLA is manufactured with great care. Diameter and roundness are controlled with high-precision laser-supported instruments.
The homogeneity and good flow properties provide high-quality printing results.

Health & Safety: This filament does not contain any hazardous chemical substances. The material is harmless in contact with the human skin and in contact with food. The material meets the requirement of the European Union Food Contact Regulation (EU) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
This filament is RoHS certified and REACH compliant.It is easy to detect bad spots in front of a light source, where the layer a not linked together.

Zero-Warp Material / Premium PLA 45

There is practically no shrinkage (no warp effect).  The softening temperature is a little bit higher than 90°C (~20°C higher than common PLA).
Premium PLA 90 is a hard material that is a little more bendable than ABS.
This Poly Lactic Acid is less brittle or fragile than the standard pla and convinces by its high hardiness and stiffness.
There is practically not much warp when the heated bed is switched off.
This wire is suitable for common 3D Printers.
Health & Safety: This filament does not contain any hazardous chemical substances.
The material is harmless in contact with the human skin and in contact with food. The material meets the requirement of the European Union Food Contact Regulation (EU) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
This filament is RoHS certified and REACH compliant.

PVA advanced (Polyvinylalcohol advanced)

One spool with plastic filament out of improved watersoluble PVA.
PVA advanced is cold-watersoluble and has been optimised for a better melt flow.
PVA advanced does not clog the nozzle like common PVA.

This filament is primarily used for 3D Printer and Rapid Prototyper.

Print soft and porous objects with Poro-Lay

Poro-Lay is the new series of 3D printing materials with unique properties. The porolay material consists of two components one of it is water-soluble. Poro-Lay has a porous material structure, thereby suitable for new applications.

The Poro-Lay filament can be easily processed like PLA. The printed object is hard first. After printing, the material is placed in water, preferably one to four days in soapsuds. The thinner the object, and the less filling, the shorter the rinsing time. Now ingredients dissolve and the porous structure remains. The micropores are so fine (micron) that it can not be detected with the naked eye.

If the printed object is inserted in liquids other than water, the material properties can subsequently be modified. Through the use of ionic or saline solutions, the material may be made electrically conductive. Also interesting is the use of inks or oils.

Poro-Lay has so vanishingly little delay, almost no warp, it can also be processed without heated printing plate.
All Poro-Lay materials are tough, shatter-resistant in its basic form, and can be printed with all commercially available FDM / FFM printers (RepRap).

The material properties (fibrous, felt-like, gel-like) are highly dependent on the moisture content and humidity. After drying, the objects are harder than in water in which they are much more conformable and soft. This is due to the water molecules in the pores, which reduce the friction.

Poro-Lay is available in four different variants:

– Lay-Fomm 40 and Lay-Fomm 60 produces soft, elastic and flexible objects, similar to rubber, foam or sponge. It is available in two hardnesses.

Lay-Fomm 40 for soft objects (~ 60 Shore A)

Lay-Fomm 60 (~ Shore A60) for slightly bending-rigid objects from a Lay-Fomm 40th

Poro-Lay are experimental filaments for experimental and experienced user. Help for processing and a great ideas for new 3D objects can be found in forums.

The components of Poro-Lay are harmless and food safe. The water-soluble component is even biocompatible. However, we strongly advise not to eat the material.

Poro-Lay is best stored dry. If the material absorbed moisture after some time, the filament can be dryed in an oven at about 80 ° C for four to five hours. We recommend to dry the filament before the very first print.

Gel-Lay – for gelatinous, soft objects. When wet, very glibbrig and soft when dry, it is stable, not very elastic but flexible. For example, for objects in aquariums.

Gel-Lay is soft and gel-like when wet. After drying, it is not elastic (like rubber) but flexible. It swims and is also suitable for aquamarine applications.

The material consists of two parts: an elastomer that is responsible for the rubber-like feel and material property, and a water-soluble ingredient. After printing, the object is placed in water whereby after one and four days, leaving behind the elastomer, and thus the soft porous object.
Rinse in water:
– print thin walls and heep filling rate as low as possible to shorten the time for rinsing
– gently rinse with water, hot water and patience provides good results
– you can clearly notice the effect and that the material is getting softer after one day
– after three days every PVA should be gone
– stir and change the water often
– you can reduce the rinsing time by using an ultrasonic cleaner
– remaining water can be removed from the object quickly by using a clothes dryer
– repeatedly rinsing: fresh water → Wait → Dryer → fresh water → Wait → Dryer
– PVA residues feel greasy, like sugar syrup
– remove all PVA residues.

BendLay

· clear like Polycarbonate
· bendable and resilent
· high-impact resistant and unbreakable
· no stress whitening by bending

One spool with glass-clear, transparent filament out of BendLay.
· clear like Polycarbonate
· bendable and resilient
· high-impact resistant and unbreakable
· easier to print than ABS
· no stress whitening by bending
· high interlayer adhesion
· food-safe

BendLay is the new filament for great prints.  Nominal diameter 3 mm  This wire is optimized for 3D Printer and Rapid Prototyper.

PET

Advantages of PET(G):
– high transparency and high gloss
– high strength and stiffness
– high dimensional stability
– food safe and low-odor

One spool with filament out of PET Filament in clear / transparent.
PET is easy to use. This material is very interesting for 3D printing because of its high transparency and low warpage.

The advantages of PET are:
– high transparency and high gloss
– high stength and rigidity
– high dimensional stability
– food safe
– low-odor

The processing temperature is 220°C – 240°C.  By pre-drying of the filament at about 75°C for 2-3 hours, the transparency can be increased.  This PET is primarily used for 3D Printer and Rapid Prototyper.

SoLay

Elastic Solay for the manufacture of footwear and soles.
The damping characteristic can fail with the design and the nature of theobject gesliceden be varied.

Solay may be stained with ink. A Jeans look can be realized.

With Solay rubbery and soft objects can be printed, such as shoes and shoe soles.

Material properties of Solay:
– Rough filament, stable, skin-friendly,
– Elastic like rubber
– Shore A ~ 90
– Highly filled with natural pigments (over 30%)
– Paintable with markers (Edding)
– Colorable (dip dyeing of the filament) with marker inks (alcohol-based, there’s graffiti in shops)
– Enables prints in vintage look
– Stone washed effect / bluejeans effect
– Experimental shoes, absorbing cushions, inner soles, straps
– Or other portable things
– Does not dissolve in acetone

Processing Solay:
– Solay can be promoted by Bowden
– Solay hällt on most roughened surfaces such as Kapton tape
– A nozzle with an opening of 0.4 mm is well suited
– 0.2 mm is a good layer thickness, the thicker the layer is the rougher the object

Solay is best stored dry. Should the material have absorbed moisture after some time, so the filament may be dried in an oven at about 80°C for four to five hours.  For first use we recommend to dry the filament
Colour beige Hardness:~ Shore A 90 Printing temperature 175 – 190°C.  Heated bed not necessary, likely 20 – 60°C

Length> meter Weight approx. 250 g The filament comes in a reseable zip bag.

LayBrick

You get: a trial amount of 0.25 Kg in 1.75 mm diameter as a coil out of LayBrick filament beta..
LayBrick is printable from smooth to very rough surface, near sandstone
LayBrick feels like stone and is just great for architecture models and landscapes
Printed objects can also be coloured and easily grounded.
· for architecture models / landscapes
· no plastic feeling
· ideal for jumbo-printers / please read advise below about beta!
· the objects are ink-able, grind-able
· no heated bed necessary
· contains natural mineralic fillers (super-fine milled chalk) and harmless co-polyesters
· the printed object is temperature stabil to about 70°Celsius
beta version of this filament: means that the grey colour of the filament may change in nuances, the filament is also a little maiden, it may brake while bending, you should be sure (especially during a long print) that you can feed a broken part of filament again in your printer!
use M227 code: f.e. S 30000 P 10000
you may print layer-thickness from 0.1 mm to 0.5 mm
slicing: object fill max. 25%,
fan needs to be on !!!
wait after printing until object is hardened, then remove it from platform (2-4 hours)
LayBrick has nearly no warp effect ! (0,5/10)Nominal diameter 1.75 mm MaterialLayBrick
Colour concrete Length> meter Weight approx. 250 g

Nylon

Advantages of Nylon:
– very high strength and rigidity
– very tough
– high temperature resistance
– very hard and scratch-resistant surface

One spool with filament out of Nylon filament in natural / opaque.
Nylon is an extreme rigid and hard material. Its tensile strength surpasses other plastic materials.
Our Nylon has a very low moisture absorption. But Nylon should be dried before processing at ~ 80°C for 2-3 hours.Nominal diameter1.75 mm MaterialNylon / Polyamide (PA-6)
Colournatural / transparent Length> 300 meter Weightapprox. 750 g (without blank spool) Dimension (reel)outer Ø ~ 200 mm, width ~ 55 mm This filament is primarily used for 3D Printer and Rapid Prototyper.

PC

Polycarbonate is an extremely hard and tough material. PC is used for demanding applications because of its high transparency and high mechanical strength.

One spool with glass-clear, transparent filament out of PC.Nominal diameter1.75 mm MaterialPC / Polycarbonat
Colourtransparent Length> 290 meter Weightapprox. 750 g (without blank spool) Dimension (reel)outer Ø ~ 200 mm, width ~ 55 mm This PC is an experimental material for 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping.
This filament is RoHS certified and REACH compliant.

HiPS

750 g HiPS in Natural wound on a spool.
HiPS is a well established plastic for 3d printing that is lighter than ABS.
Advantages of HiPS:
– lighter than ABS or PLA
– tough and scratch-resistant surface
– easy to rework (gluing, sanding, painting)
– intensive, satin color
– dissolvable in Limonen
High Quality guaranteed:
-very low tolerances of the diameter
-very good roundness
-well selected raw material
-suitable for all 3D printer
HIPS plastic is similar to ABS with its high strength and resistance. Technical parts are often made of this lightweight and high-quality material. Plastic casings and models are made out of HIPS. HIPS has a lower toughness as ABS and is thus more fragile when subjected to impact.
HIPS can be printed just as good as ABS, it has a slightly better flow behavior than ABS and can therefore be printed at a slightly lower temperature.
Upon cooling, HiPS shrinks almost as much as ABS. The greater and faster the temperature difference drops, the more even HiPS gets deformed (warp). We therefore recommend the usage of a Heated Bed. You may preheat the plate to 70-100 ° C.
Because of the warpage, the first layer has to stick to the surface. You will get a strong bond using ABS-paint or print on a PEI plate or a raft.
High-precision prints are achievable with our HiPS. And the beautiful colors make the use limitless.
HIPS dissolves in lime but not in acetone.
It is resistant to oils, grease and alkalis. HIPS is not resistant to fuel.
The HiPS filament is supplied wound on a spool, for smooth printing processes without knotting of the material as it is possible with coils.
Our HiPS offers excellent printing results with a clean and smooth surface, is food-safe, REACh and RoHS conform.Nominal diameter1.75 mm MaterialHigh Impact Polystyrene
Colournatural Length> 310 meter Weightapprox. 750 g (without blank spool) Dimension (reel)outer Ø ~ 200 mm, width ~ 55 mm This wire is primarily used for 3D Printer and Rapid Prototyper.
If foam comes out of the nozzle, the material has to be dried at ~ 75°C for two hours.

TPE & TPU

Advantages of TPU:
– very elastic and flexible
– virtually odorless
– similar to rubber
– highly abrasion-resistantAdvantages of TPE:
– softer than TPU
– soft-touch surface
One spool with plastic filament out of TPU in Transparent. Its hardness is ~ Shore A 94.

TPU is an elastic, very flexible and soft material that is almost odorless. It is similar to rubber. TPU is resistant to oils and grease and it is very resistant to abrasion. Our TPU contains no plasticizers and is allergy-friendly and non-irritating to the skin. TPU is resistant to hydrolysis and mikrobendbeständig. TPU has an elongation at yield of about 600%. The density of TPU is approximately thirty percent higher than the density of TPE. The layer adhesion of TPU is very good.
We recommend to print soft materials very slow, at 15 – 45 mm / s and at about 210 – 240°C. The printing bed has not to be heated. The object should be cooled. The filament needs to be guided very well between feed wheel and nozzle, so that the filament does not bend.
TPU is best pre-dried. For example, in an oven at about 80°C for 2-4 hours.
Typical applications include drive belts, profiles, shoes or shoe soles, objects with soft touch, such as cell phone cases.Nominal diameter 1.75 mm Material TPU / thermoplastic polyurethane
Colour Transparent Length> 100 meter Weight approx. 750 g (without blank spool) Dimension (reel)outer Ø ~ 200 mm, width ~ 55 mm This filament can be used for 3D Printer and Rapid Prototyper.

Mold-Lay – wax alike material for casting moulds

MoldLay is a new and revolutinary 3D material. You can perfectly print a mould for permanent casting and for lost-wax casting.
Moldlay has an excellent dimension stability and almost no warp effect. This material is stiff and rigid at room temperature and gets very liquid when heated up to ~ 270°C so the molten wax alike material can flow out of the mould.