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Different 3D printing materials

2024-03-07 17:10

We all know that 3D printing materials are the most important material foundation in the development of 3D printing. It can be said that their importance to 3D printing is equivalent to that of water to fish.

 

At present, the most commonly used materials for 3D printing are plastics, metals, and ceramics, which are also the printing materials we come into contact with the most in our daily lives.
In fact, in addition to the materials we are familiar with, there are various bizarre 3D printing materials, but they are not widely used. Let's take a look at some other materials that can be used for 3D printing.

01. Shell
PLA is currently the most widely used type of 3D printing material. In addition to the most common PLA wire, there are also various types of wires made by mixing PLA and other materials.
Francofil, a French materials company, has created a wire that mixes PLA with mussels, scallops, and oyster shells, all of which come from food waste.
When making, first wash these shells clean, then crush them into powder and add them to PLA particles, and finally make wires.

 

02. Sea salt
Emerging Objects is a company that researches 3D printing, and unlike most 3D printing companies, they are dedicated to using a variety of materials for printing.
Tires, mud, and leaves are all materials they use for 3D printing. This time they used sea salt 3D printing to create a Saltygloo, a lightweight structure.

 

03. Chocolate
Chocolate is one of the most commonly used materials in food 3D printing, and it is also a very suitable material for 3D printing.
Various shapes of chocolate products can be produced through 3D printing, which can be used as customized products for weddings, annual meetings, and other events.

 

04. Wood
Wood is actually a material that is not very suitable for 3D printing. In order to achieve 3D printing of wood, the earliest method was to mix wood and PLA to make wire, which can 3D print products with a similar effect to wood.
Nowadays, 3D printing can be achieved through adhesive spraying technology, and the difference between the 3D printed products and wood products is very small, and the wood chips and scraps generated during wood processing can be fully utilized.

 

05. Sugar
It is also a commonly used material in food 3D printing. Sugar Lab, a candy store, is very good at using sugar to 3D print various candies and desserts. Currently, their gift filled candies are very popular in the local area, and many of their orders are personalized and customized candies.

 

06. Glass
Although various glass products can now be produced through 3D printing, this technology is still mostly in the stage from laboratory to actual commercial use, but it should be very close to formal commercial use.

 

07. Elephant like teeth
In order to protect elephants and also restore some ivory artifacts, the University of Vienna has collaborated with Cubicure GmbH to develop a type of ivory material called Digory, which is a synthetic resin containing calcium phosphate particles and silica powder.
Similar in composition to ivory, 3D printed items are also very similar to ivory.

 

08. Diamonds
As early as 2019, Sandvik announced that it had manufactured the first 3D printed diamond composite material. Although it won't shine, it can allow manufacturers to use this superhard material for 3D printing, helping to completely change the tool industry.

 

It can be seen that 3D printing materials are the soul of 3D printing. How to find excellent new materials has become the focus of attention in the entire industry.
If fundamental research in materials science can achieve greater breakthroughs, it will undoubtedly promote the better development of the 3D printing industry in the future.