What is 3D printer filament?


Filament for 3D printing is the material commonly used in desktop 3D printers that use fused filament fabrication (FFF) or fused deposition modeling (FDM) techniques to create objects. Filament is usually a thermoplastic and comes on a spool that can be loaded on to a 3D printer. Polylactic acid (PLA),  acrylonitrile butadine styrene (ABS), polyethylene terephthalate glycol (PETG) and  thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) are common types of 3D printing filaments that are used in the UAB Libraries.

The UAB Libraries do not permit the use of conductive, metal, carbon fiber or wooden filaments in the UAB Libraires 3D printing labs.


  • Last Updated Jul 14, 2022
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  • Answered By Dorothy Ogdon

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