BCN3D FILAMENTS

Industrial-grade materials designed to deliver outstanding results for both BCN3D printers, the Sigma and the Sigmax. BCN3D Filaments, formulated to ensure the highest print quality, are common polymers in several industries and cover the majority of the technical applications.

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pla

GENERAL PURPOSE

PLA (Polylactic Acid) is a biodegradable, sustainable and food safe polymer made from organic sources.

It is the most common used filament in FFF 3D printers for its ease of use and wide range of applications, specially those not mechanically or thermally demanding. Definitely a good starting point to learn about the 3D Printing manufacturing process.

Applications

  • Architectural mockups
  • Aesthetic, concept models
  • Lost casting molds
  • Low mechanically demanding prototypes
  • Detailed and glossy surface quality
  • Good tensile strength
  • Rigid, fragile behaviour
  • Good UV resistance
  • Withstand operating temperatures up to 50°C
  • Odor-free, ideal for educational and office environments
  • Compatible with PVA supports
  • Low humidity resistance

Printing setting

  • Extruder temperature: 190°C - 220°C
  • Bed temperature: 65°C
  • Speed: 10-70mm/s
  • Retraction speed: 40mm/s
  • Retraction distance: 4mm
  • Cooling fan: Yes
  • Minimum layer height: 0.05mm

For Cura users:

Get a proper printing profile using the Sigma profile generator, the ProGen: Link

For Simplify3D users:

Get a proper printing profile for PLA using the Sigma profile generator, the ProGen: Link

Bed adhesion:

To ensure good bed adhesion use 3DLac, Dimafix or Glue Stick.

Recommendations:

Plastics absorb moisture from the air. For long periods of time without printing, it is recommended to keep the PLA spools in a box or airtight container with desiccant to keep them dry.
PLA emits low levels of gasses and particles when printed. We recommend printing it in a well-ventilated area to ensure a healthy environment.

Affordable concept design

The process of developing the conceptual design of a product using 3D printing reduces the costs of product development and allows the evaluation of the functionality of the specific part. PLA is a perfect material for that kind of prototypes.

Affordable concept design

The process of developing the conceptual design of a product using 3D printing reduces the costs of product development and allows the evaluation of the functionality of the specific part. PLA is a perfect material for that kind of prototypes.

Models for client presentations

PLA is a good choice for building affordable models that need good surface quality for customer presentations, to help them better understand and visualize the product.

Detailed complex geometries

PLA is ideal for those models and prototypes that need and good surface quality and aesthetic detail. Also, is the perfect material for printing part that contain overhangs, complex geometries and intricate curves.

Detailed complex geometries

PLA is ideal for those models and prototypes that need and good surface quality and aesthetic detail. Also, is the perfect material for printing part that contain overhangs, complex geometries and intricate curves.
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nylon

TECHNICAL

Nylon (polyamide) is an extensively used material for its unique mechanical and chemical properties.

Thanks to characteristics like durability, flexibility and resistance to corrosion, Nylon is ideal for multiple applications in the 3D printing field, like end-use parts or custom jigs and fixtures.

Nylon manufactured at United States of America by Matterhackers, Inc.

Applications

  • Strong and flexible parts
  • Parts demanding high fatigue endurance
  • Snap fits and sliding components
  • End-use parts in environments with chemical substances
  • Excellent impact strength
  • Low friction coefficient
  • High abrasion resistance
  • Good chemical resistance against organic chemicals and alkalis
  • Long-lasting
  • Withstand operating temperatures up to 50°C
  • Compatible with PVA supports

Printing setting

  • Extruder temperature: 240°C - 260°C
  • Bed temperature: 65°C
  • Speed: 30-60mm/s
  • Retraction speed: 40mm/s
  • Retraction distance: 4mm
  • Platform adhesion type: Brim
  • Cooling fan: No
  • Minimum layer height: 0.2mm

For Cura users:

Get a proper printing profile using the Sigma profile generator, the ProGen: Link

For Simplify3D users:

Get a proper printing profile for NYLON using the Sigma profile generator, the ProGen: Link

Bed adhesion:

To ensure good bed adhesion use Dimafix or Glue Stick.

Recommendations:

Nylon plastic is very hygroscopic, that means it readily absorbs water from the air. Make sure Nylon is dry before printing. There are two ways to dry Nylon. Place it in an oven or in an dehumidifier at 70ºC for 6 to 8 hours. After drying, store it in an airtight container with desiccant.
Do not use layer cooling fans and avoid drafty or cool rooms for best results.
For a better print quality use an enclosure.
Nylon emits low levels of gasses and particles when printed. We recommend printing it in a well-ventilated area to ensure a healthy environment.

High abrasion resistant

Nylon is abrasion resistant due its low friction coefficient and It is a good choice for end-use durable parts.

High abrasion resistant

Nylon is abrasion resistant due its low friction coefficient and It is a good choice for end-use durable parts.

Parts demanding high fatigue endurance

Nylon is ideal for strong and flexible parts demanding high fatigue endurance.
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PET-G

TECHNICAL

PET-G (Polyethylene terephthalate glycol-modified) is a globally used co-polyester, from plastic water bottles to cloth fibers and it is 100% recyclable.

As a technical material, PET-G provides good mechanical properties and improved chemical and thermal behaviours than PLA but with similar ease of use.

Applications

  • Parts in contact with salts, acids and alkalis
  • Models requiring high geometrical and dimensional accuracy
  • Functional prototypes and mechanical parts
  • Outstanding chemical resistance
  • Great dimensional stability and toughness
  • Good glossy surface quality
  • Good abrasion resistance
  • High humidity resistance
  • Withstand operating temperatures up to 70°C
  • Low rate of ultrafine particles (UFP) and volatile organic compounds (VOC)
  • Compatible with PVA supports

Printing setting

  • Extruder temperature: 235°C - 250°C
  • Bed temperature: 80°C
  • Speed: 25-50mm/s
  • Retraction speed: 60mm/s
  • Retraction distance: 5mm
  • Cooling fan: Cooling fans speed up to 40%
  • Minimum layer height: 0.1mm

For Cura users:

Get a proper printing profile using the Sigma profile generator, the ProGen: Link

For Simplify3D users:

Get a proper printing profile for PET-G using the Sigma profile generator, the ProGen: Link

Bed adhesion:

To ensure good bed adhesion use 3DLac, Dimafix or Glue Stick.

Recommendations:

Plastics absorb moisture from the air. For long periods of time without printing, it is recommended to keep the PET-G spools in a box or airtight container with desiccant to keep them dry.
PET-G emits low levels of gasses and particles when printed. We recommend printing it in a well-ventilated area to ensure a healthy environment.
For a better print quality use an enclosure.

Mechanical parts

PET-G is ideal for end-use parts demanding mechanical and thermal properties.

Mechanical parts

PET-G is ideal for end-use parts demanding mechanical and thermal properties.

Chemical resistant

PET-G is a perfect material for mechanical parts that requires chemical resistance.

Chemical resistant

PET-G is a perfect material for mechanical parts that requires chemical resistance.

Geometrical and dimensional accuracy

PET-G is a good choice for those parts that are in contact with salts, acids or alkalis. Also, is ideal for models requiring high geometrical and dimensional accuracy.
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abs

TECHNICAL

ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) is one of the most common technical materials in several industries around the globe. Its great mechanical and thermal behaviour make ABS the ideal polymer for countless applications.

Traditionally a challenging material to print with FFF printers, it has been re-formulated to ensure good interlayer adhesion and to reduce warping.

Applications

  • Parts under high mechanical stress
  • Strong prototypes and end-use parts
  • Aesthetic models
  • Excellent mechanical properties: Tensile modulus, impact resistance and toughness
  • Attractive matt surface quality
  • Withstand operating temperatures up to 85°C
  • UV Sensitive

Printing setting

  • Extruder temperature: 240°C - 260°C
  • Bed temperature: 90°C
  • Speed: 20-60mm/s
  • Retraction speed: 40mm/s
  • Retraction distance: 4mm
  • Platform adhesion type: Brim
  • Cooling fan: No
  • Minimum layer height: 0.1mm

For Cura users:

Get a proper printing profile using the Sigma profile generator, the ProGen: Link

For Simplify3D users:

Get a proper printing profile for ABS using the Sigma profile generator, the ProGen: Link

Bed adhesion:

To ensure good bed adhesion use Dimafix.

Recommendations:

Plastics absorb moisture from the air. For long periods of time without printing, it is recommended to keep the ABS spools in a box or airtight container with desiccant to keep them dry.
Do not use layer cooling fans and avoid drafty or cool rooms for best results.
Do not use layer cooling fans and avoid drafty or cool rooms for best results.ABS emits low levels of gasses and particles when printed. We recommend printing it in a well-ventilated area to ensure a healthy environment.
For a better print quality use an enclosure.

Highly-functional and mechanically strong parts

ABS is ideal for parts under high mechanical stress with and attractive matt finish.

Validate prototypes

Its great mechanical and thermal behavior make ABS the ideal material for testing prototypes before entering full production.

Strong prototypes and end-use parts

ABS is an excellent choice for creating final products demanding mechanical and thermal properties. Check out our open source robot arm, the BCN3D Moveo: Link

Strong prototypes and end-use parts

ABS is an excellent choice for creating final products demanding mechanical and thermal properties. Check out our open source robot arm, the BCN3D Moveo: Link
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pva

SUPPORT

PVA (Polyvinyl alcohol) is a water soluble polymer, ideal to to work as support material for multi-material 3D Printing.

Optimized for the FFF manufacturing process, our PVA works seamlessly with PLA, TPU, PET-G and Nylon, becoming a reliable universal support material to print complex geometries, large overhangs or intricate cavities.

PVA supports allow to achieve better surface quality, to orientate the part to get better mechanical properties and even to print multi-component models and mechanisms.

For more information about what is PVA and what it is for, watch this video: Link

Applications

  • Exceptional adhesion with PLA
  • Also great in combination with PET-G, TPU and Nylon.
  • For not very demanding geometries can also work with ABS
  • Improved thermal stability to avoid jamming and degradation issues
  • Less sensitive to ambient moisture, increasing durability
  • As easy to dissolve as immersing it into tap water
  • Biodegradable

Printing setting

  • Extruder temperature: 210°C - 230°C
  • Bed temperature: 65°C
  • Speed: 20-30mm/s
  • Retraction speed: 40mm/s
  • Retraction distance: 4mm
  • Cooling fan: Yes
  • Minimum layer height: 0.05mm

For Cura users:

Get a proper printing profile using the Sigma profile generator, the ProGen: Link

For Simplify3D users:

Get a proper printing profile for PVA using the Sigma profile generator, the ProGen: Link

Bed adhesion:

To ensure good bed adhesion use 3DLac, Dimafix or Glue Stick.

Recommendations:

PVA plastic is quite hygroscopic, that means it readily absorbs water from the air. Make sure PVA is dry before printing. There are two ways to dry PVA. Place it in an oven or in an dehumidifier at 60ºC for 6 to 8 hours. After drying, store it in an airtight container with desiccant.
Use an ultrasonic cleaner for a faster support dissolution.
PVA emits low levels of gasses and particles when printed. We recommend printing it in a well-ventilated area to ensure a healthy environment.

Print any intricate geometry

PVA is a support material ideal to print complex geometries, large overhangs or intricate cavities.

Print any intricate geometry

PVA is a support material ideal to print complex geometries, large overhangs or intricate cavities.

Orient parts to get better properties

When printing with PVA, you are able to orient your model in any possible way to customize its strength or your aesthetic requirements.

Orient parts to get better properties

When printing with PVA, you are able to orient your model in any possible way to customize its strength or your aesthetic requirements.

Get the finest surface quality

PVA allows designers to produce highly detailed and complex surfaces in just one run.

Get the finest surface quality

PVA allows designers to produce highly detailed and complex surfaces in just one run.

Print large overhangs

Our PVA has been specifically formulated for working as a support material for PLA, Nylon, TPU and PET-G so now you are able to print mechanical parts with support structures.

Print large overhangs

Our PVA has been specifically formulated for working as a support material for PLA, Nylon, TPU and PET-G so now you are able to print mechanical parts with support structures.
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tpu

FLEXIBLE

TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) is a versatile rubber-like flexible material.

With Shore-A hardness of 95, TPU is a resistant material for several industrial applications, both mechanical or chemical. Moreover, it's been especially designed to improve the 3D printing experience.

Applications

  • Industrial seals, gaskets, sleeves or hinges
  • Functional prototypes
  • Soft-touch multi-material models
  • Flexible-joined multi-material models
  • Protective cases
  • Insoles
  • High resistance to abrasion, wear and tear
  • Great resistance to oils and chemicals
  • Excellent impact resistance
  • Outstanding elongation at break
  • Withstand operating temperatures up to 60°C
  • Compatible with PVA supports

Printing setting

  • Extruder temperature: 235°C - 250°C
  • Bed temperature: 65°C
  • Speed: 10-40mm/s
  • Retraction speed: 40mm/s
  • Retraction distance: 6mm
  • Cooling fan: Yes
  • Minimum layer height: 0.05mm

For Cura users:

Get a proper printing profile using the Sigma profile generator, the ProGen: Link

For Simplify3D users:

Get a proper printing profile for TPU using the Sigma profile generator, the ProGen: Link

Bed adhesion:

To ensure good bed adhesion use 3DLac, Dimafix or Glue Stick.

Recommendations:

Plastics absorb moisture from the air. For long periods of time without printing, it is recommended to keep the TPU spools in a box or airtight container with desiccant to keep them dry.
TPU emits low levels of gasses and particles when printed. We recommend printing it in a well-ventilated area to ensure a healthy environment.

Good corrosion resistance

Its great resistance to oils and chemicals and its outstanding elongation at break makes TPU ideal for testing flexible prototypes.

Good corrosion resistance

Its great resistance to oils and chemicals and its outstanding elongation at break makes TPU ideal for testing flexible prototypes.

Exceptional wear and tear resistance

TPU is ideal for manufacturing insoles thanks to its flexibility and its excellent impact resistance.

Exceptional wear and tear resistance

TPU is ideal for manufacturing insoles thanks to its flexibility and its excellent impact resistance.
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composite

COMPOSITES

Composites are materials with a polymeric base infused with other particles or fibres in different proportion. From wood to metal particles to achieve an aesthetic and attractive finish to carbon fibers to combine lightness and mechanical performance, composite materials for FFF printers unleash creativity.

Applications

  • Wood-filled materials (woodfill and corkfill):
    • Figurines
    • Aesthetic models
    • Architecture mockups
  • Metal-filled materials (bronzefill, copperfill and steelfill):
    • Figurines
    • Aesthetic models
    • Finishing components
  • Carbon fiber-filled materials (XT-CF20):
    • Mechanical components
    • End-use parts
  • Wood-filled materials (woodfill and corkfill):
    • PLA-based
    • Aesthetic and tactile appeal
    • Reduced flexibility and strength
    • Able to post-process: sand, file, stain,...
  • Metal-filled materials (bronzefill, copperfill and steelfill):
    • PLA-based
    • Aesthetic and tactile appeal
    • Reduced flexibility and strength
    • Increased weight
    • Abrasive
    • Able to post-process: sand, file, polish, weather, tarnish,...
  • Carbon fiber-filled materials (XT-CF20):
    • Co-polyester-based
    • Extreme stiffness and rigidity
    • Light
    • Extremely abrasive

Printing setting

  • Extruder temperature:
  • Wood-filled materials: 210-220°C
  • Metal-filled materials: 215-230°C
  • Carbon fiber-filled materials: 285-290°C
  • Bed temperature:
  • Wood-filled materials: 50°C
  • Metal-filled materials: 60°C
  • Carbon fiber-filled materials: 80°C
  • Speed:
  • Wood-filled materials: 20-50mm/s
  • Metal-filled materials: 20-50mm/s
  • Carbon fiber-filled materials: 10-20mm/s
  • Retraction speed:
  • Wood-filled materials: 40mm/s
  • Metal-filled materials: 40mm/s
  • Carbon fiber-filled materials: 20mm/s
  • Retraction distance: 3mm
  • Cooling fan: Yes
  • Minimum layer height: 0.15mm

For Cura users:

Get a proper printing profile using the Sigma profile generator, the ProGen: Link

For Simplify3D users:

Get a proper printing profile for Composites filaments using the Sigma profile generator, the ProGen: Link

Bed adhesion:

To ensure good bed adhesion use 3DLac, Dimafix or Glue Stick.

Recommendations:

Plastics absorb moisture from the air. For long periods of time without printing, it is recommended to keep the spools in a box or airtight container with desiccant to keep them dry.Composites materials emits low levels of gasses and particles when printed. We recommend printing it in a well-ventilated area to ensure a healthy environment.

Combine lightness and mechanical performance

XT-CF20 is a light material with incredible mechanical properties so it is ideal for printing functional prototypes.

Extreme stiffness

This OpenRC Formula 1 car designed and printed by Daniel Noree is a great example of what you can achieve with XT-CF20, a completely functional car.

Extreme stiffness

This OpenRC Formula 1 car designed and printed by Daniel Noree is a great example of what you can achieve with XT-CF20, a completely functional car.

Extreme stiffness

This OpenRC Formula 1 car designed and printed by Daniel Noree is a great example of what you can achieve with XT-CF20, a completely functional car.

Dual extrusion aesthetic models

Thanks to the dual extrusion 3D printing, you can combine different composites to create aesthetic dual color models.

Dual extrusion aesthetic models

Thanks to the dual extrusion 3D printing, you can combine different composites to create aesthetic dual color models.

Create incredible sculptures

The metal-added materials, once sanded and polished, offer an aesthetic and tactile appeal and they look like real metal.

Create incredible sculptures

The metal-added materials, once sanded and polished, offer an aesthetic and tactile appeal and they look like real metal.

Create incredible sculptures

The metal-added materials, once sanded and polished, offer an aesthetic and tactile appeal and they look like real metal.

Models for client presentations

Achieve an aesthetic and attractive finish for your customer presentations, to help them better understand and visualize the product.

Models for client presentations

Achieve an aesthetic and attractive finish for your customer presentations, to help them better understand and visualize the product.

Models for client presentations

Achieve an aesthetic and attractive finish for your customer presentations, to help them better understand and visualize the product.

Give free rein to your imagination

Unleash your creativity and produce outstanding parts with an incredible finish.

Give free rein to your imagination

Unleash your creativity and produce outstanding parts with an incredible finish.

Dual extrusion aesthetic models

Thanks to the dual extrusion 3D printing, you can combine different composites to create aesthetic dual color models.

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