What does it mean to have materials “Engineered by
Ultimaker” and what are the differences between them??
Ultimaker has committed to rigorously testing and engineering their “Ultimaker” branded materials with their printers so that you will get great prints. Going the extra step, Ultimaker has also programmed material profiles for each of the Ultimaker materials within the Cura software so that optimal print settings are automatically achieved. Less fuss and better prints – happy 3D printing!
PLA Material – Prints Fast and Durable
Ultimaker’s PLA is really easy to print with, it’s reliable, gives good surface quality and it’s made from renewable sources, so it’s biodegradable too. It also works perfectly with Cura material profiles.
Reasons to choose Ultimaker PLA
- If you want to easily achieve high resolution prints
- Printing concept models and prototypes when aesthetics and fine details are key
- When you’re casting metal parts through lost PLA casting
- It’s perfect for printing in education or in the office, thanks to low ultrafine particle emissions
- A heated bed isn’t necessary, it works with glue and blue tape as well
- PLA isn’t suitable for medium temperature applications (50?C +) or long term outdoor usage. ABS is a better material for high temperature applications and CPE for outdoor usage.
ABS Material – Tough and Durable
Ultimaker’s newly developed ABS filament is one of the easiest to use on the market. When combined with the Ultimaker 2+ and Cura’s material profiles, even tricky mechanical parts are realized with ease.
Reasons to choose Ultimaker ABS
- Excellent interlayer adhesion
- Good bed adhesion
- Enhanced strength for functional prototypes and manufacturing end-use parts
- Enhanced mechanical properties over regular ABS
- Not suitable for applications where the printed part is exposed to temperatures up to 85ºC.
CPE/CPE+ Material – Tough, Chemical Resistant, Low Print Odor
CPE materials are chemical resistant, tough, and dimensionally stable. CPE+ handles temperatures up to 100 ºC.
Reasons to choose Ultimaker CPE Family
- Excellent chemical resistance
- Excellent toughness and dimensional stability
- Good interlayer adhesion, especially when using the front door add-on
- Low levels of ultrafine particles (UFPs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- Ideal for short run manufacturing and functional prototypes
- Transparent filament option available
Differences between Ultimaker CPE and CPE+
- CPE is available in a wide range of colors to choose from, including grayscale for more professional looking models.
- CPE’s tensile and flexural strength are higher, whilst CPE+ is formulated to be up to 10 times tougher.
- CPE+ features a temperature resistance of up to 100 ºC when compared to CPE, which is only resistant up to 70 º
- CPE has a better build plate adhesion than CPE+, but you won’t notice the difference when using the stickers supplied in our Advanced 3D Printing Kit.
PC (Polycarbonate) Material – Strong, Tough and Temperature Resistant
With Ultimaker PC (polycarbonate) filament, you can print strong and tough parts that retain dimensional stability when subjected to temperatures as high as 110 oC. Our PC is a perfect filament for printing molds, tools, functional prototypes and parts for short-run manufacturing.
Reasons to choose Ultimaker PC
- High toughness, especially for the non-transparent filament options
- Resists temperatures and retains form up to 110 oC
- Flame retardant characteristics
- Dimensionally stable
- Strong interlayer bonding capabilities, especially when using the front door add-on
- Good bed adhesion, especially when using the stickers supplied in the Advanced 3D Printing Kit
- Allows printing of translucent parts for lighting applications with a transparent filament option
- Engineered to be printed at moderate temperatures compared to other PC filaments
- Minimized warping provides a seamless 3D printing experience
Nylon Material – Abrasion-Resistant and Durable
Used by many manufacturers worldwide, Nylon (polyamide) is well-known for its impressive durability, high strength-to-weight ratio, flexibility, low friction, and corrosion resistance. Its ability to withstand significant mechanical stress makes it a great choice for 3D printing tools, functional prototypes, and end-use parts.
Reasons to choose Ultimaker Nylon
- Industrial-grade impact and abrasion resistance
- High strength-to-weight ratio
- Low friction coefficient
- Good corrosion resistance to alkalis and organic chemicals
- Reduced humidity absorption when compared to other Nylon filaments
- Seamless 3D printing experience
TPU 95A Material – Wear and Tear Resistant
Highly versatile for industrial applications, TPU 95A (thermoplastic polyurethane) filament is the go-to choice for a wide array of manufacturing projects that demand the qualities of both rubber and plastic. Designed for 3D printing consistency, TPU 95A is a semi-flexible and chemical resistant filament with strong layer bonding. In addition, it is easier and faster to print than other TPU filaments.
Reasons to choose Ultimaker TPU 95A
- Exceptional wear and tear resistance
- High impact strength
- Shore-A hardness of 95
- Up to 580% elongation at break
- Good corrosion resistance to many common industrial oils and chemicals
- Engineered for a fast and seamless 3D printing experience
New! Ultimaker PVA – Support Material for Ultimaker 3 Printers
Ultimaker PVA (Polyvinyl Alcohol) is a water soluble support material for multi-extrusion 3D printing. With a good thermal stability, Ultimaker PVA is ideal for printing complex models that require supports for large overhangs, deep internal cavities, and intricate geometries. Designed for a seamless 3D printing experience, Ultimaker PVA provides good adhesion to both PLA and Nylon.
Reasons to choose Ultimaker PVA
- Good thermal stability resulting in better degradation resistance compared to other PVA filaments
- Less moisture sensitive than other PVA filaments
- Great adhesion to both PLA and Nylon
- Safe dissolution in tap water (no harmful chemicals required)
- Biodegradable with no hazardous by-products
New! Ultimaker PP (Polypropylene) – Fatigue and Chemical Resistant
Ultimaker PP is durable. It has high toughness, exceptional fatigue resistance, and low friction. It also has good chemical, temperature, and electrical resistance. PP is one of the most widely used plastics on the planet! From electrical components to living hinges, PP is the go-to material for prototyping and end-use products.
Reasons to choose Ultimaker PP
- Durable with high toughness and fatigue resistance (PP retains its shape after torsion, bending, and/or flexing)
- Low friction and smooth surfaces
- Good heat resistance (up to 105°C)
- Chemical resistance to a wide range of bases and acids, including industrial cleaning agents
- High electrical resistance makes it a good electrical insulator
- Very resistant to moisture
- Low density resulting in lightweight parts (high strength-to-weight ratio)
- Excellent layer bonding
- Adequate bed adhesion and low warping when using Advanced 3D Printing Kit adhesion sheets
- Recyclable, for low environmental impact