While consumer-grade 3D printers may be adequate for making things like models or curios, they’re not always up to the task of creating objects that stand up to real-world use. That could be about to change, though, thanks to a new printing filament.
Compact, inexpensive 3D printers typically utilize a process known as fused filament fabrication (FFF). This involves heating a plastic filament to its melting point, then extruding it through a nozzle. Successive layers of the molten plastic are deposited one on top of the other, forming a single solid object as they cool and fuse together.