The Ultimaker material portfolio has materials with a wide variety of properties; stiff, strong, tough, flexible and thermal resistant. All properties are measured on 3D printed specimen and the values are listed in the Ultimaker technical data sheets (TDS).
The graphs on this page allow you to compare material properties of the Ultimaker build materials and choose the material that has the best properties for your application. The tensile strength and flexural modulus are shown in both XY and Z direction, thereby giving you a good indication of the layer bonding and properties in the complete 3D print.
Top 3 UltiMaker filaments with the highest tensile strength:
1. Polycarbonate (PC)
The tensile strength of a material is the maximum amount of tensile stress that it can accept before failure (such as breaking or permanent deformation). Tensile strength specifies the point at which a material goes from elastic to plastic deformation.
Top 3 Ultimaker filaments with the highest flexural modulus:
2. Tough PLA
Explanation flexural modulus
Flexural Modulus denotes the ability of a material to bend. It is a measure of a materials stiffness/ resistance to bend when a force is applied perpendicular to the long edge of a sample - known as the three-point bend test.
Top 3 Ultimaker filaments with the highest impact strength:
1. Polypropylene (PP)
3. TPU 95A
The impact strength of a material is defined as its capability to resist a sudden applied load or force. It is normally conveyed as the amount of mechanical energy absorbed in the process of deformation under the applied impact.
Top 3 Ultimaker filaments with the highest thermal resistance:
Note: PP & TPU are vicat (VST) temperatures and these materials are already soft by default
The Heat Deflection Temperature (HDT), or Heat Distortion Temperature, is a measure of a polymer's resistance to alteration under a given load at an elevated temperature. It is also known as the 'deflection temperature under load' (DTUL) or 'heat deflection temperature under load (HDTUL)’. The Heat deflection (HDT) is measured at 0.455 MPa.
Note: soft materials such as TPU and PP are displayed as their vicat (VST) temperature, as they are already soft by default.
Top 3 Ultimaker filaments with the highest Shore D hardness:
Hardness is the ability of a material to resist deformation, which is determined by a standard test where the surface resistance to indentation is measured. The most commonly used hardness tests are defined by the shape or type of indent, the size, and the amount of load applied.