The3DPC uses Hatchbox and Polymaker filaments for all production and Prototyping. 

We make use of PLA, PLA+, and PETG filaments.

PLA
 

  • PLA filament is a thermoplastic polymer made strictly from renewable resources. Poly Lactic Acid (PLA), is generated from biodegradable material like cornstarch, potato starch, sugarcane and tapioca roots, and has a smooth, shiny appearance. PLA filament is popular for its ease of use, natural ability to break down and superior print detail capabilities.
     

Advantages of PLA filament
 

  • PLA filament is the most common type of 3D printer filament used.

  • PLA 3D printer filament is the most environment-friendly 3D filament solution.

  • Because of its low toxicity, PLA filament is a very popular choice in the 3D printing community.

PETG
 

  • PETG is a combination of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) aka polyester and different concentrations of glycol (G). PETG is a strong filament similar to ABS in strength, but it prints more like PLA.

  • Properties of PET (The "G" or "T" will        modify this)

  • Is the most recycled plastic (e.g. softdrink bottles). It is not biodegrable like PLA, but recyclable.

  • No shrinking or warping

  • No smell

  • It does not degrade in water or absorb water, also since it bonds very well, objects should be watertight. That is at least the case with T-glase

  • It is US FDA approved for food contact

  • Unlike PLA, it is not brittle and it is a bit more flexible than either PLA or ABS

PLA+ or Strong
 

  • Same Advantages of PLA, but with better structural properties.
     

  • PLA (Polylactic Acid) is a biodegradable, eco-friendly plastic, known for its ease of use and low warpage quality. PLA Prime is our high performance PLA 3D printing filament. It is made from Natureworks Ingeo 3D850 and shows improved heat resistance, more toughness, good adhesion and less warping or curling than traditional PLA.