RE: [rp-ml] Materials for 3D Printer

From: Jonathan Harris (
Date: Thu Jun 09 2005 - 10:57:22 EEST

Some thoughts....
Polycaprolactone melts at around 60 deg C and is relatively tough - a bit
like nylon. Only drawback in my experience is that when molten (even using
indirect methods, e.g. immersing in hot water) it sticks like crazy to just
about anything. (People have tried RPing it before (Zein, Hutmacher, Tan
and Teoh, Fused deposition modeling of novel scaffold architectures for
tissue engineering applications, Biomaterials, Volume 23, Issue 4, 15
February 2002, Pages 1169-1185.
5496fb1115ce0444ad0e> )).
Something else that might be suitable, which I came across courtesy of
another list, is this:
It melts at approx 60 deg and doesn't become adhesive when molten (though I
have only ever used it in conjunction with the manufacturers instructions).
I can't really comment on pricing as I don't know your definition of
Biomaterials Unit
University of Birmingham
School of Dentistry


From: Eric Lie []
Sent: 09 June 2005 07:46
Subject: [rp-ml] Materials for 3D Printer

Dear all,


Does anyone have any idea of a material that has melting point of lower than
80 degrees Celsius or below that won't give out foul burnt smell and yet
still not brittle (e.g. cannot be wax)?


I am looking for materials for home-based 3D printer. The materials cannot
be expensive (ie commonly available).

Thank you very much for the help.




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