Discover RepRapWorld’s collection of temperature-resistant filament materials. We have shared some of the best brands that provide this specialized group of filament. The temperature-resistant filament in this section meets and exceeds the highest criteria and principles.
The base material used in the filament. For more information on the different materials, please check the Filament information page
Determines how easy the material adheres to the printbed and can be removed from the bed without damaging either the bed or the print.
How tough is the material. From 1 star (very brittle) to very tough
How well can this product be used in an outside environment. The material has to be able to withstand UV-radiation from the sun as well as water and cold weather.
The amount of energy that a material can withstand when a load is suddenly applied to it. It may also be defined as the threshold of force per unit area before the material undergoes fracture/
How well can the material handle temperatures before it starts to deform.
Welcome to our selection of temperature-resistant filament materials. The filament in this assortment has been specially manufactured to fall under temperature-resistant standards, consisting of a range of material features that come with many benefits. If your FDM/FFF 3D printer can reach temperatures of 250°C-280°C you can print in the temperature-resistant filament range. We will go over what temperature resistance is and why you need it!
Temperature-resistant materials can withstand extremely high temperatures for extended periods of time. The filament has material qualities to ensure that it will behave a certain way or maintain its properties when optimized in high temperatures. Materials that are temperature-resistant perform great mechanically and chemically, therefore being wear-resistant and durable. Temperature-resistant materials will also require less maintenance in comparison to the majority of other materials.
We would like to highlight that temperature-resistant filament materials are not the same as flame retardant filament materials. The key difference is that flame retardant filaments have been designed to avoid combustion and stop the growth of fires whereas temperature resistant filament is created for high performance in extremely cold or hot circumstances.
Printing temperature-resistant filament requires some previous 3D printing experience. This is because there are quite some print settings and factors to take into consideration during the process. If you are embarking on a DIY 3D project and are wondering which filament suits your project best, have a look at our guide to 3D filament.
All temperature resistant filaments will perform better than others depending on their unique given properties. We would like to go over some of the terms concerning temperature resistant filament materials and define them. Heat deflection temperature or heat distortion temperature (HDT) is used to measure the temperature at which polymers will start to lose their structure at a given load with elevated temperatures. The melting temperature is the exact temperature where the polymer’s state starts to get affected due to high temperatures that will cause it to melt. Furthermore, the glass transition temperature is the point where the material will alter state from a rigid glass-like condition to a flexible and rubbery compound.
For filament materials that do not have a softening point, the Vicat softening temperature check can be used. The Vicat softening temperature helps us determine at what point we can expect the material to start becoming soft and penetrable. A 3D print should be kept well below the Vicat softening temperature when used for long periods of time so that it does not start to deform. These are all factors that determine the usability of temperature resistant filament materials. These properties along with specific temperatures that can be resisted can be found listed in all product’s technical datasheets.
Temperature-resistant materials are used in the engineering industry for creating parts that will safely function consistently no matter the temperature. The superior chemical and mechanical properties of temperature-resistant filaments allow them to carry out tasks in environments that are very hot or cold. This is why temperature-resistant filament is the ultimate material choice for parts that are required to be situated in freezing or boiling temperatures. For example, jigs or fixtures inside a car should be able to withstand the direct heat from the sunlight. Another example is for parts that are situated outdoors expected to function during extreme frost as well as in hot summers. Furthermore, consider the parts inside an oven or a freezer. They should be able to go through plenty of temperature variations without breaking.
To successfully print high-temperature 3D filament, a heated bed is necessary to avoid fast cooling and warping. Experiment with the material and find the perfect temperature for your 3D printer. This can tend to differ since 3D printers are all unique. Find your 3D printer’s preferred setting and watch your designs become a reality.
In order to reach such high printing temperatures, you will need a build plate that can also achieve high temperatures and a 3D printer with an enclosure. Enclosures will ensure that there are no heat leaks or drafts entering that can affect your print negatively. For enhanced mechanical properties of the material part, you can perform annealing. Annealing will increase tensile strength, firmness, and overall heat resistance. The glass transition temperature must be reached to ensure that the molecular structure can be remodified. An electric oven will do the job remarkably!
Do you have any questions about the temperature-resistant filament? Contact us, we are happy to be of assistance.