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3D Printing in the Bollinger Digital Fabrication Lab, Holman Biotech Commons: Materials

3D Printing Materials

We do not accept color requests. If you need your 3D print to be a certain color, please include the justification in the project description. 


Material Material Properties Uses


-Strong material used for functional prototypes and visual models.  

-Resistant to degradation from radiation. 

-Heat resistance up to 98C (204F). 

-ABS stands for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene. 

Strong and rigid material that is good for mechanical prototypes, human/animal models, and complex structures that require soluble supports.  


Stratasys ABS Technical Data Sheet


-Eco-friendly material, better aesthetic and functional details than ABS.  

-Not suitable for heavy loads and high temperatures.  

-Heat resistance up to 60C (140F).  

-PLA stands for polylactic acid or polylactide. 

Good for fine detail for display models and initial prototypes.  


Ultimaker PLA Technical Data Sheet

Flexible Filament (TPU 95) * 

-A strong, durable, flexible material with a shore-A hardness of 95, and an elongation of up to 580% at break.  

-It is highly chemically resistant and stands up to wear over time.  

-TPU stands for thermoplastic polyurethane. 

Good for flexible pieces that can bend or stretch without breaking. Can also be used in dual material printing to simulate over molded parts or create living hinges. Available to print with soluble support as well. 


Stratasys TPU Technical Data Sheet

Standard Resins 

(Grey, Black and Clear) 

-Resolution: 25-160 microns 

-Minimal visibility of layer lines. 

-Heat deflection temperature of 73C (163F). 

Ideal for models that need to show fine detail, but that are not undergoing high stress (visual prototypes or models). Can be polished to improve appearance and translucency for clear resin.  


Formlabs Standard Resin Technical Data Sheet

Draft Resin 

-Resolution: 100-200 microns 

-Heat deflection temperature of 74C (165F). 

Ideal for initial prototypes, rapid design iterations and models that are not undergoing high stress (visual prototypes or models). Can be sanded and polished to improve appearance. 

Formlabs Draft Resin Technical Data Sheet

Flexible 80A Resin 

-Resolution: 50-100 microns 

-Flexible but not stretchable.  

-85A shore hardness, will tear easily. 

- Feels like the hard rubber of automobile tires. 

-Use for parts to simulate soft-touch materials and ergonomic features to simulate multi-material assemblies.  

Good for cushioning and vibration-damping, soft-touch materials, stamps, handles, grips and overholds.  

Formlabs Flexible 80A Technical Data Sheet

Elastic Resin 

-Resolution: 100 microns 

-50A shore hardness.  

-Similar in properties to silicone. 

-Use for parts that will bend, stretch, compress and hold up to repeated cycles without tearing.  

Wearables and consumer goods, compliant robotic features, medical product prototyping, functional parts. 

Formlabs Elastic Resin Technical Data Sheet

Rigid 10K Resin 

-Resolution: 50-100 microns 

-Reinforced with glass to offer very high stiffness and a polished finish.  

-Highly resistant to deformation over time. 

-Simulates stiffness of glass and fiber-filled thermoplastics.  

-Heat deflection temperature of 88C (190F).

Ideal for turbines and fan blades, jigs, heat resistant and fluid exposed components, tooling, manifolds, electrical casings and automotive housings. 


Formlabs Rigid 10K Resin Technical Data Sheet

Tough Resin

-Resolution: 50-100 microns 

-Simulates the feel and many other properties of injection molded ABS plastic.  

-Can withstand high stress and strain.  

-Can be machined after printing. 

-Heat deflection temperature of 48C (119F).  

Ideal for prototyping strong, functional parts and assemblies that will undergo brief periods of stress and strain.  

Formlabs Tough Resin Technical Data Sheet

Durable Resin

-Resolution: 50-100 microns 

-Low-friction surface, rigid and flexible with resistane to deformation. 

-Resistant to high impact strength and elogation.  

-Not suitable for fine details. 

-Heat deflection temperature of 43C (110F). 

Ideal for ball joints, snap-fit parts, parts undergoing high strain, and living hinges.  

Formlabs Durable Resin Technical Data Sheet

High Temp Resin

-Resolution: 25-100 microns 

-Slightly translucent, orange material. 

-Highly resistant to chemical degradation.  

-Can print in fine detail. 

- Heat deflection temperature of 238C (460F). 

Ideal for situations with high temperatures or resistance to chemicals is important. Microfluidics and PDMS casting are common use cases, along with parts that need to be autoclaved. 

Formlabs High Temp Resin Technical Data Sheet

High strength, rigidity, and heat resistance, able to withstand temperatures up to 114C (237F).

High resolution micro-scale prints. 

BMF HTL Resin Technical Data Sheet

*ABS and Flexible Filament (TPU 95) printed on the F170 will be put into a solution called P400SC Waterworks Cleaning Solution to dissolve QSR Support Material.  

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