Currently the backbone of the consumer sector, this technology offers extruded plastics and plastic composites termed, "exotics." This is a hands on technology, often requiring tuning, calibration, and the watchful eye of a technician to ensure successful part builds.
We Use: The Airwolf Axiom and Leapfrog Creatr HS
Materials We Offer: ABS, ASA, Carbon Fiber, Carbon Nanotube, Conductive PLA, ESD ABS, MG94 ABS, Carbonite ABS, HIPS, IGUS iglidur, Magnetic PLA, Metal infill, Nylon, Nylon Carbonite, Nylon Polymer, PCTPE, PETG, Carbonite PETG, PLA, Polycarbonate, Polyester, Polypropylene, TPC, TPE, TPU, Tribo, Ultem, Wood infill, and 910 Alloy.
When We Recommend It: Filament is an ideal choice for generally simple prototypes and models, low impact parts, low stress parts, parts intended for large assemblies, extensive hand-finishing and alteration, or applications specific to an exotic material type. It's also ideal if the part in question requires one of the materials specific to this technology.
When We Don't: Filament is generally not suitable for sustained mechanical functions, high impact use, high stress use, displaying complex geometry, fine quality surfaces, smooth finishes, and fine details. Depending on your project, a professional grade material may also offer better per unit pricing.