3D Printing Materials Melting Temperature Chart:What's the Melting Point of Different Plastic 3D Printing Materials

Find the Right Material for Your Application

Getting into 3D printing can be pretty demanding. There are all kinds of 3D Printers to choose from and everyone has their own preferences.

Before or after purchasing and setting up your 3D printer, you’ll have to decide which kind of materials to use. Here is a table that summarizes a wide variety of properties and characteristics for each materials.

Most common 3D printing materials properties:

PLA ABS Flexible (TPU) PETG Nylon PVA
Extruder Temperature 190 - 220°C 220 - 250°C 225 - 245°C 230 - 250°C 220 - 270°C 185 - 200°C
Bed temperature 45 - 60°C 95 - 110°C 45 - 60°C 75 - 90°C 70 - 90°C 45 - 60°C
Heated Bed Optional Required Optional Required Required Required
Ultimate Strength 65MPa 40MPa 26 - 43MPa 53MPa 40 - 85MPa 78MPa
Stiffness 7.5/ 10 5/ 10 1/ 10 5/ 10 5/ 10 3/ 10
Durability 4/ 10 8/ 10 9/ 10 8/ 10 10/ 10 7/ 10
Maximum Service Temperature 52°C 98°C 60 - 74°C 73°C 80 - 95°C 75°C
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion 68µm/m-°C 90µm/m-°C 157µm/m-°C 60µm/m-°C 95µm/m-°C 85µm/m-°C
Density 1.24g/cm3 1.04g/cm3 1.19 - 1.23g/cm3 1.23g/cm3 1.06 - 1.14g/cm3 1.23g/cm3
Price (per kg) $10 - $40 $10 - $40 $30 - $70 $20 - $60 $25 - $65 $40 - $110
Printability 9/ 10 8/ 10 6/ 10 9/ 10 8/ 10 5/ 10
Recommended Build Surfaces Painter's Tape, Glue Stick, Glass Plate, PEI Kapton Tape, ABS Slurry PEI, Painter's Tape Glue Stick, Painter's Tape Glue Stick, PEI PEI, Painter's Tape
Other Hardware Requirements Part Cooling Fan Heated Bed, Enclosure Recommended Part Cooling Fan Heated Bed, Part Cooling Fan Heated Bed, Enclosure Recommended, May Require All Metal Hotend Heated Bed, Part Cooling Fan

There are dozens of plastic materials available for 3D printing, each with its unique qualities that make it best suited to specific use cases. To simplify the process of finding the material best suited for a given part or product. 

 

HIPS Wood Filled Metal Filled Carbon Fiber Filled ASA Polycarbonate Polypropylene
Extruder Temperature 230 - 245°C 190 - 220°C 190 - 220°C 200 - 230°C 235 - 255°C 260 - 310°C 220 - 250°C
Bed temperature 100 - 115°C 45 - 60°C 45 - 60°C 45 - 60°C 90 - 110°C 80 - 120°C 85 - 100°C
Heated Bed Required Optional Optional Optional Required Required Required
Ultimate Strength 32MPa 46MPa 20 - 30MPa 45 - 48MPa 55MPa 72MPa 32MPa
Stiffness 10/ 10 8/ 10 10/ 10 10/ 10 5/ 10 6/ 10 4/ 10
Durability 7/ 10 3/ 10 4/ 10 3/ 10 10/ 10 10/ 10 9/ 10
Maximum Service Temperature 100°C 52°C 52°C 52°C 95°C 121°C 100°C
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion 80µm/m-°C 30.5µm/m-°C 33.75µm/m-°C 57.5µm/m-°C 98µm/m-°C 69µm/m-°C 150µm/m-°C
Density 1.03 - 1.04g/cm3 1.15 - 1.25g/cm3 2 - 4g/cm3 1.3g/cm3 1.07g/cm3 1.2g/cm3 0.9g/cm3
Price (per kg) $24 - $32 $25 - $55 $50 - $120 $30 - $80 $38 - $40 $40 - $75 $60 - $120
Printability 6/ 10 8/ 10 7/ 10 8/ 10 7/ 10 6/ 10 4/ 10
Recommended Build Surfaces Glass Plate, Glue Stick, Kapton Tape Painter's Tape, Glue Stick, PEI Painter's Tape, Glue Stick, PEI Painter's Tape, Glue Stick, Glass Plate, PEI Glue Stick, PEI PEI, Commercial Adhesive, Glue Stick
Packing Tape, Polypropylene Sheet
Other Hardware Requirements Heated Bed, Enclosure Recommended Part Cooling Fan Wear Resistant or Stainless Steel Nozzle, Part Cooling Fan Part Cooling Fan Heated Bed Heated Bed, Enclosure Recommended, All Metal Hotend
Heated Bed, Enclosure Recommended, Part Cooling Fan

 

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