A key thing to know when working with a 3D printer is that every filament has different properties. They generate different outputs, such as flexibility, strength, and durability. Even though one 3D printer filament produces different results from another, it doesn’t mean it’s the right one for your project.
When searching for an impact-resistant material, understanding what filaments resist the most impact can narrow your choices. Here’s a list of the top five impact-resistant 3D printing filaments that can withstand high stress.
Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) is common for creating high-impact products, such as plastic parts for toys, car parts, and cases for electronic devices. This filament is highly durable, and its impact resistance makes it perfect for industrial applications. ABS is strong, heat-resistant, and ideal for creating hardware or objects that come into contact with heat.
Nylon is another highly durable, impact-resistant filament. It is lightweight, flexible, and heat-resistant. This filament is ideal for creating objects that require high flexibility, such as phone cases, athletic gear, or wristbands. It has excellent chemical resistance, making it ideal for industrial and military applications, including tents and shelters.
Nylon’s combination of impact and heat resistance makes it an ideal choice for under-the-hood engine parts.
Polyethylene terephthalate glycol (PETG) filaments are known for their toughness, excellent chemical resistance, and clarity. It can be safe for food processing and medical equipment thanks to its FDA compliance. PETG is also recyclable and eco-friendly, making it ideal for reusing to make mechanical parts, outdoor items, or storage containers.
Polylactic acid, or PLA, is a thermoplastic made from plant-based materials like cornstarch or sugarcane. This 3D printing filament is popular for its ease of use and low cost. What makes PLA even more appealing is that it can be made impact-resistant, making it great for creating objects with high durability and strength requirements. Filamatrix has developed an impact-modified tough PLA 3D printer filament that maintains the ease of printing with standard PLA while adding nearly 10 times the impact resistance.
Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) filaments are popular for creating flexible, durable, and impact-resistant 3D-printed objects. TPU’s unique elastic properties are ideal for applications requiring shock absorption, such as mobile phone cases and protective cushioning in industrial machinery. Its soft texture makes it a favorite for creating toys, wearable products, or grips.
Impact-resistant 3D printing filaments allow industries to create high-performance parts that withstand harsh operating conditions. Learn more about the 3D printing world and the best materials for your projects from Filamatrix, a leader in 3D printing filament manufacturing. You can find the best filament for your project here!