Articles / papers

FDM filaments

What are the best 3D printing filaments in 2017?  a selection of our top picks in 9 different categories (May 2017)

What is the best type of plastic for my 3D printing application?  a quantified overview of the main chemistries available to FDM 3D printing (July 2016)

What is the best flexible filament for my 3D printing needs?  an assessment of the top flexible filaments on the market and how to pick them (November 2015)

Marketed as “premium”, “pro” or “smart”, are improved PLA and ABS filaments truly better?  an assessment of modified PLA and ABS filaments on the market and how to pick them (May 2015)

What is the best PLA filament supplier for my 3D printing needs?  an assessment of a selection of PLA filaments on the market and how to pick them (January 2015)

 

FDM performance

Finite Element Analysis for FDM 3D printing  a case study of Finite Element Analysis conducted on a part, comparing the injection molding process with the FDM process (November 2016)

Shells matter more than meets the eye  an assessment of the influence of shells on FDM prints (February 2016)

Meet Testman!  a description of our visual quality test (September 2015)

What is the influence of color, printing speed, extrusion temperature and ageing on my 3D prints?  an assessment of the influence of major printing parameters (part 2) (September 2015)

What is the influence of infill %, layer height and infill pattern on my 3D prints?  an assessment of the influence of major printing parameters (March 2015)