Specially dedicated Zortrax printing materials maximize the benefits of 3D printing. These thermoplastic materials are in a filament form either wound on a spool or enclosed in a cartridge. Each material has different properties, therefore, a given material can be easily adapted to a wide range of needs and applications. Moreover, most materials are suitable for mechanical and chemical post-processing.
There is a wide choice of materials in the Zortrax product offer which includes: Z-ABS, Z-ULTRAT, Z-GLASS, Z-HIPS, Z-PETG, Z-PCABS, Z-ESD, Z-ASA Pro and Z-PLA Pro. All these materials are suitable for printing with the M200.
However, not all materials can be used with the M300. Z-HIPS, Z-GLASS, Z-PETG, Z-ESD, Z-ASA Pro and Z-PLA Pro are the only printing materials that can be used with this model so far. But our range of materials is constantly updated with new ones.
Z-PETG and Z-PLA are compatible with the Inventure printer.
This article summarizes the properties of each material from our offer.
Z-ABS is a versatile material characterized by medium durability properties, medium impact strength and high shrinkage level. Therefore, large and thick-walled models printed with Z-ABS are much more prone to shrinkage and that’s why such models should be designed sensibly.
Z-ABS is perfect for printing small elements, concept models and prototypes with moderate functional requirements. What is more, it’s very suitable for post-processing (painting, gluing, spackling, grinding, sandblasting, etc.).
Z-ABS models can be easily smoothened using the
acetone vaporizing method (see acetone vaporizing article).
Z-ABS comes in a variety of colours, therefore it was used to print the Rubik’s Cube. Z-ABS makes the model colourful, resistant and good-looking.
Z-ULTRAT and Z-ABS have similar compositions, however, Z-ULTRAT is definitely harder and more durable. Models printed from Z-ULTRAT are stiffer and resistant to higher temperatures than those printed with Z-ABS.
Z-ULTRAT has a lower shrinkage level than Z-ABS, therefore, it is perfect for printing large-sized models, even lifelike ones and those that are assembled from many elements, for example, engineering prototypes or end-use parts. Also, Z-ULTRAT models have a semi-glossy finish, whereas Z-ABS has a mat finish.
Models printed with Z-ULTRAT are strong, stable and defect-free and they keep their initial shape. Such prints are suitable for various methods of post-processing like sanding, polishing, vaporizing and more.
Z-HIPS is a durable and impact-resistant material. It exhibits a high level of hardness, allowing you to complete durable objects, consisting of many elements, especially electronics and industrial machine covers (only when UV resistance isn’t necessary). The models acquire a unique, smooth, semimat surface and resemble elements manufactured with mass production plastics, therefore, imitate complete consumer products or end-use parts. Z-HIPS is also fully suited for creating prototypes of mechanical parts or casing elements for performance tests.
Z-GLASS provides high tensile strength and resistance to abrasion, high temperatures, and UV rays. This material doesn’t react with substances like acids, alkalis and salts. It’s durable and has a low shrinkage level which makes it perfect for printing mechanical parts like pulleys, screws and nuts. Z-GLASS allows printing semitransparent and glass-like elements. The models printed with Z-GLASS are light-transmitting and have a glossy surface. Printing with Z-GLASS requires using the hotend V2 in the M200 3D Printer.
High translucency of this material allows the light to pass through the model’s surface. Z-GLASS is available in five shades: four colors and transparent.
Z-PCABS is a mixture of ABS material and polycarbonate (PC), therefore Z-PCABS combines the functionalities of Z-ABS and great mechanical features of PC. This material is durable and resistant to high and low temperatures as well as to UV rays. However, it has a high shrinkage rate in comparison with other materials. That is why, it’s better to use the side covers set during the printing process.
Z-PCABS is perfect for producing functional prototypes such as: electronic casings, automative parts, portable multimedia players and structural components.
Z-ESD is a material which perfectly fits the needs of the industrial sector, especially the electrical and electronics industries. It is durable, warpage resistant and, most importantly, it provides protection against electrostatic discharge which can be particularly damaging to electrical and electronic equipment. Electrostatic protection is crucial when working with highly sensitive electronics. Models printed with Z-ESD are strong, stable and resistant to chemical substances, such as salts, acids, alkalis. Z-ESD models have a semi-mat finish which gives them a really attractive look.
Z-ESD is perfect for printing functional objects that will actually control and prevent electrostatic discharge, that is, elements and casings that hold printed circuit boards or expansion cards in computers or electrical conductivity meters.
Z-PETG is a very durable material resistant to many chemicals, salts, acids, alkalis and UV rays. Its features include high elasticity and tensile strength. At the same time it has a very low shrinkage level and it doesn’t absorb water. Z-PETG is perfect for all sorts of machine components, mechanical parts and packaging prototypes which are exposed to greases and oils.
Z-PETG is also available in a cartridge dedicated for the Inventure printer.
Z-ASA Pro is a thermoplastic material which is characterized by excellent mechanical strength and resistance to external factors, including UV and extreme weather conditions. This material has one of the lowest levels of shrinkage among all Zortrax materials which makes the printing process with Z-ASA Pro less risky as far as warping and imperfections are concerned. Moreover, Z-ASA Pro is durable and resistant to chemicals.
All these features make this material perfect for printing large-sized models which will be used in demanding environments, for example fadeproof signboards and road signs, prototypes of sporting equipment or unvarnished automotive and casing elements.
Moreover, models printed with Z-ASA Pro are suitable for post-processing in acetone vapors which gives them a glossy finish.
Z-PLA Pro is a material which has been developed using a natural and recyclable PLA as one of the components. The prints made with Z-PLA Pro resemble smooth and mat plaster casts with precise details, even the smallest ones. The printing process with this material is highly reliable as it has a very low shrinkage level.
Therefore, Z-PLA Pro is suited for printing sizeable models covering the majority of the workspace in Zortrax devices, including architectural designs and mock-ups. What’s more, Z-PLA Pro can be easily applied by designers and artists as well as in industrial design studios.
In order to avoid problems while printing with Z-PLA Pro, it is advisable to use a separate hotend only for this particular material.
Z-PLA is an ecological material which is commonly used in the 3D printing industry. It is derived from natural resources and, as a result, it is biodegradable and environment-friendly. Its main attributes include a very low shrinkage rate and high hardness. Therefore, the prints are highly precise with a smooth and semi-glossy surface. Models printed with Z-PLA are suitable for various post-processing methods, including cutting or gluing, however their surface does not react with acetone vapors.
This material proves useful while printing educational models, mock-ups or decorative and display elements.
Z-PLA is available in a cartridge dedicated for the Inventure.