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PLA and ABS are the two most used plastics in the personal 3D printing market, constituting about 75% of the current market, due in large part to their good printability. So it is no surprise that many of filament companies want to keep the same base chemistry but improve the properties of these materials. In our first study on filament providers, we tested a few modified filaments and found that while the visual quality of these filaments was better, their mechanical performance was actually reduced by the modifications.
How about PLA and ABS filaments that have been modified to improve mechanical performance or processability? What is the extent of the improvement compared to the base chemistries? What is the impact of these improvements on visual quality?
In this study we first lay out the pros and cons of basic PLA and basic ABS, and then we use our testing procedure to show how improved filaments compare in terms of performance, quality and process.