Whatís the Best Plastic For 3D Product Printing?

3D printers have come a long way in the relatively short time they were invented. Most people can create virtually anything using materials such as metal or ceramic, but 3D plastic printing is the preferred choice as it is so versatile. We have a range of thermoplastics available here at Austraplas. 3D plastic printing can give you a detailed prototype without the expense and time commitment of a full production.

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene ABS

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene ABS is probably the most common form of thermoplastic used in printing and with a petroleum base it is highly affordable, durable, strong, heat resistant and flexible. Itís widely used for a variety of purposes from car bumpers and motorcycle helmets to musical instruments, golf clubs and Lego.

Polycarbonate/Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene PC ABS

Polycarbonate/Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene PC ABS is another widely used thermoplastic. It offers the desirable properties of two materials, the strength and heat resistant of PC and the flexibility of ABS. The PC ABS blend is commonly used in automotive electronics and telecommunications and power tools.

Polycarbonate PC

Polycarbonate PC is a strong, durable and impact resistant thermoplastic material. It has a high level of transparency and is easy to work with and provides impressive results. Polycarbonate PC is currently used for CD cases, sunglass lenses, electronic display screens and riot gear.


Nylon is an incredibly strong, durable and versatile 3D printing material. It is flexible when thin but when printed in thick parts, with higher density and wider wall thickness, it produces a strong part which has excellent impact resistance and the finish can be quite smooth and silky. It can make detailed intricate parts, both large and small. It has incredible tension. Cable ties are usually made from nylon and for good reason they are exceptionally strong. Bearings, gears, sheaves and sprockets are also made from Nylon. Nylon can easily be dyed or coloured.

Polyvinyl Alcohol Plastic PVA

Polyvinyl Alcohol Plastic PVA is a water-soluble plastic, PVA is most commonly used as a glue, thickener or packaging film and in 3D printing is often used as a support material for intricate printing.


Ultem is a thermoplastic which is ideal for the aerospace, automotive and military applications because it offers one of the highest heat resistance, chemical resistance and strength of any thermoplastic. Itís used a lot in the aeronautic and automotive industry for components and housings.

Polylactic Acid PLA

Polylactic Acid PLA is a biodegradable plastic. It is made from renewable raw materials such as corn-starch or sugarcane but is more brittle and may not withstand extensive wear and tear.

CNC Machining

We also have a CNC machine (Computer Numerical Control machine). Unique software is used to control a machine to cut the plastic. The more rigid a plastic, the easier it is to be machined. As this process involves the use of computers to control machine tools, the component is extremely detailed and accurate. Itís also more beneficial if you want something to have the clarity or transparency of glass, as once it has gone through a CNC machine it can then be vapor polished.

If youíd like to find out more about our 3D plastic printing or the CNC machining process, speak to one of our team. We are locally based in Perth and provide a reliable, high quality level of service to companies throughout Australia for all their plastic production requirements. Why not call us today?

Polyjet Printing Materials

Polyjet printers are multi material printers capable of printing multiple types of photopolymer resins. These resins are ideal for products that require high aesthetic appearance without much/any post processing. The high resolution printers are capable of printing clear materials, rubber like materials, PP like and ABS like. Printing over moulded components is also possible using this technology.

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