3D Printing Materials

Material Comparison Guide

3D printing is used in many, diverse fields.

It is important that the 3D prints have properties adequate to its subsequent use.

The properties of a 3D print are mainly determined by the filament it is made of.

Here, you can see the materials we offer in our 3D printing service.

3D printed oculus accessories made of PLA filament in white by a 3D printing service in Sweden

PLA filament

PLA (Polylactic acid) is the most commonly used filament. This material is very easy to print and strong enough for most applications.

PLA is the perfect choice for printing large objects thanks to its low thermal expansion that almost eliminates the problem of warping. PLA is a hard material, but also quite brittle.

The weakness of PLA filament is that it has little resistance to higher temperatures. Parts printed with PLA begin to lose their mechanical properties at temperatures above 60 ° C. PLA is also not very resistant to UV rays, therefore it is not a good material for printing objects for outdoor use.


Great surface finish

Hard and stiff

Eco friendly



Low resistance to high temperatures

It is not suitable for outdoor use

3D printed cable organizer mounted to a desk made of PETG filament in black by a 3D printing service in Sweden

PETG filament

PETG (Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol) is a very durable material with good thermal resistance.

PETG filament has low thermal expansion, therefore it does not warp even when printing large objects. The material offers greater flexibility than PLA, which reduces the risk of parts breaking under pressure.

PETG is quite versatile in use, but especially suited to mechanical parts for indoor and outdoor use.



Good impact and heat resistance

Good for mechanical parts and snap fit enclosures

Water and humidity resistant


Surface finish is not as good as PLA

3D printed mechanical gear made of ABS filament in black by a 3D printing service in Sweden

ABS filament

ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) is a very strong and versatile material, characterized by high thermal resistance. Prints will not show signs of deformation up to a temperature of about 100 ° C.

ABS contains high wear-resistance synthetic rubber, which makes it very strong and impact resistant.

This is one of the best materials for making durable parts that need to withstand higher temperatures . It is suitable for indoor and outdoor use.


High impact and heat resistance

Strong and versatile


Difficult to print due to warping

3D printed mechanical gear made of ABS filament in black by a 3D printing service in Sweden

Nylon filament

PA6 (Polyamide 6, Nylon) is characterized by its high tensile strength and excellent durability, enabling it to withstand significant mechanical stress and wear. Its ability to absorb impacts and resist abrasion due to its low friction coefficient makes it ideal for parts that are subjected to challenging conditions, such as gears or bearings.

It also boasts good resistance to chemicals and high temperatures, expanding its utility in automotive and industrial applications.


Superior tensile strength and toughness for high-stress applications

High impact resistance, suitable for parts exposed to shocks and vibrations

Good thermal and chemical resistance, making it suitable for a wide range of environments

Excellent wear and abrasion resistance, extending the life of functional parts

Ideal for precision components due to its dimensional stability


Requires higher printing temperatures and more advanced 3D printers, prone to warping

Limited color options compared to more commonly used filaments like PLA

Higher cost than some other materials, reflecting its advanced properties and applications