3D Printing Materials(Plastics, Metals and Food)

By: Onimisi-Momoh

The 3D printing industry without doubt is one of the fastest growing industries, as research and inventions have paved way for various material like wood , metal, foods, ceramics among many others.

Are you wondering what type of material you can use for 3D printing? Below are some materials you should check out.


Plastics are the most common of the various 3D printing materials. However here are the two most popular Plastic filament for 3D printing.

ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)

 is an opaque thermoplastic and amorphous polymer. “Thermoplastic” refers to the way the material responds to heat.

It is however a strong plastic that comes in a variety of colors. This material comes in a filament form that are available on sale from multiple sources.

PLA (Polylactic Acid)

PLA is a biodegradable plastic type which makes it eco-friendly. Its can be adapted for Digital Light Processing (DLP) as well as Stereolithography.

It also comes in filament forma and available in different colors.

Other plastics include glow in the dark, nylon, Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Polyethylene terephthalate(PETE or PET), Polyethylene(PE) etc.



Aside plastics, metals are also popular with 3D printing. Below are some metal types available for printing.

Gold and Silver

Gold and Silver are undeniably some of the world’s precious metals. There were considered 3D printing materials in 2011.

These materials are strong and processed in powdery forms. Many used in the creation jewelries. Other metals available include Titanium, Copper, Cobalt chrome etc


Ceramics is the latest addition to the 3D printing material types. It
can be considered the most durable of the aforementioned materials because it
can withstand extreme heat and pressure without warping or breaking.

Ceramics are tough to process because it requires intense heat before
they melt. These materials are great for household utensils and interior
decorative objects




Biomaterials in recent times have proven to be the game-changer in
fields like medicine and medical applications.

Biomaterials are synthetic materials that can be used for the
construction of artificial organs, prosthetics, bones, and tissues. With
research and innovations, biomaterials are now been considered for developing
foods like meat as well as external tissue creation of body part




3D printing technology has opened door to more creativity and
innovation and this, without a doubt, is affecting the food industry. There are now
3D printers design to use food as printing materials.

The most common material for food printing is chocolate. There are
other printers that work with sugar. Cakes and meat. It is good to know that
any food with ingredients that can be puréed can be 3D printed. Some of the
foods that you can 3D print are gingerbread, hamburgers, chocolates, pancakes,
pizzas, and more.


3D printing is very flexible and it continues to improve. With more research and innovations more materials will be compatible with 3D printers. In due time, any material you could think of might probably be applicable in 3D printing, Till then we keep you updated.