Prototyping Materials

gCreate 3D Printed Jet Engine. Model by CATIAV5FTW.

Materials Available

About

These are cost-effective and easy to print materials perfect for the early stages of development. They are ideal if you are doing many iterations of a project to hone your designs aesthetics and functionality. Not only are these great for creating functional working prototypes, but they are also excellent for general use projects and design. 

 

PLA

(Polylactic Acid)

Qualities

Surface Quality 

++++

Strength

++++

Price

$$$$

About PLA

PLA (Polylactic Acid) is a corn based plastic. While strong, it does not hold up to high heat or extended UV lighting. It will biodegrade in the right conditions over the course of several years. It is the preferred material for early prototyping due to its ease of use, affordability and wide range of colors.

Example Images

gCreate 3D Printed Stud Necklace.
gCreate 3D Printed Stud Necklace.

Designed for the archdaily 3D Printing contest, this kinetic necklace was printed in white MakeShaper PLA on the gMax 1.5 XT+ 3D Printer.

3D Printed FIT Senior Project
3D Printed FIT Senior Project

FIT student Wendy Jean-Bart made designed this great piece for her senior project. Printed by gCreate on gMax 3D Printers.

Ball-joint Articulated Octopus
Ball-joint Articulated Octopus

Model by Ellindsey and 3D printed on the gMax 1.5+ 3D Printer. This amazing model is easy to snap together and can be scaled to amazing sizes.

3D Printed Twisted Tower by Kijai
3D Printed Twisted Tower by Kijai

A beautiful twisted tower design by Kijai, printed on gMax 3D Printers. Get it on Cults3D

3D Printed PLA Jaw Bone
3D Printed PLA Jaw Bone

PLA is a great inexpensive option for medical props.

3D Printed Tie Interceptor
3D Printed Tie Interceptor

Print large or small parts, including this tie interceptor.

Colors Available

White

Black

Blue 

Red

Grey

Silver

Orange

Translucent Natural

*More colors available upon request

 

CF-PLA

(Carbon Fiber Polylactic Acid)

Qualities

Surface Quality 

++++

Strength

++++

Price

$$$$

About Cf-PLA

CF-PLA (Carbon Fiber Polylactic Acid) is very similar to Standard PLA but is blended and composited with carbon fiber strands. This reduces the plastics tendency to warp in addition to adding rigidity. However the reduction of flex causes this material to be very brittle.  CF-PLA also leaves your prints with one the best surface finishes out of all the materials offered.

Example Images

3D Printed Engineering Bracket
3D Printed Engineering Bracket

Carbon Fiber PLA is useful for functional and prototype parts.

gCreate 3D Printed Rocket
gCreate 3D Printed Rocket

Carbon Fiber PLA has a beautiful finish and prints perfectly.

3D Printed CF PLA Prototype Part
3D Printed CF PLA Prototype Part

Lightweight and stiff, CF PLA is great for functional prototypes.

gCreate 3D Printed Rocket Closeup
gCreate 3D Printed Rocket Closeup

A closeup of the Carbon Fiber PLA gCreate rocket that shows its beautiful finish.

Colors Available

Black

 

PolyMAX

Qualities

Surface Quality 

++++

Strength

++++

Price

$$$$

About PolyMAX

PolyMax™ PLA is a 3D printing material with excellent mechanical properties and printing quality. PolyMax is as easy to print with as regular PLA and has an impact resistance of up to nine times that of regular PLA. Additionally, it has better overall mechanical properties than ABS.  

Example Images

gCreate 3D Printed Moon Basket
gCreate 3D Printed Moon Basket

PolyMAX was used to print this moon texture basket. It was printed with a 1.0mm nozzle and has a single perimeter with no infill.

3D Printed Electric Longboard
3D Printed Electric Longboard

This amazing longboard by Tallaustin2276 was sponsored by PolyMaker for Makerfaire NY 2017. 3D Printed on a custom 42" wide gMax Printer designed for gCreate 3D Printing Services.

Colors Available

White

Black

Red

*More colors available upon request