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gCreate Tested Filament Database

We have tested hundreds of filaments across our entire machine family. Below are some of the recommended settings and brands we confirmed on our machines.

gMax Filament Settings Library

ABS

Speed

(mm/sec)

40-55

Fan

(%)

10%

Extruder Temp (C)

240°C-260°C

Bed

Temp (C)

70°C-100°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Engineering

ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) is a common amorphous thermoplastic polymer used in many applications.

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

ASA

Speed

(mm/sec)

50-90

Fan

(%)

0

Extruder Temp (C)

250°C-270°C

Bed

Temp (C)

90°C-130°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Engineering

ASA is a thermoplastic created to be similar to ABS, but with better weather resistance. ASA’s combination of high strength and flexibility along with its superior UV resistance makes it ideal for printing objects which may be used in the outdoors or in industrial settings.

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

ApolloX

Speed

(mm/sec)

40

Fan

(%)

0

Extruder Temp (C)

250°C-275°C

Bed

Temp (C)

80°C-90°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Engineering

ApolloX is a professional high-performance engineering filament, which is based on a uniquely industrial-grade modified ASA (Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate) compound.

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

Carbon Fiber HTPLA

Speed

(mm/sec)

20-40

Fan

(%)

70%

Extruder Temp (C)

205°C-230°C

Bed

Temp (C)

0-60°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Engineering

Carbon Fiber Composite HTPLA is a combination of milled carbon fibers and high-performance PLA. Resulting 3D printed prototypes and end-use parts are characterized by exceptional stability of form

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

Carbon Fiber Nylon

Speed

(mm/sec)

35-45

Fan

(%)

0

Extruder Temp (C)

240°C-260°C

Bed

Temp (C)

70°C-100°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Engineering

CF-Nylon (Carbon Fiber PA66) is created by adding micro-carbon fibers to nylon.

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

Carbon Fiber PETG

Speed

(mm/sec)

35-45

Fan

(%)

10%

Extruder Temp (C)

230°C-250°C

Bed

Temp (C)

50°C-75°C

Retraction

(mm)

1.0

Category:

Engineering

CF-PETG (Carbon Fiber Polyethylene Terephthlate Glycol) contains Standard PETG blended with carbon fiber strands

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

ColorFabb nGen

Speed

(mm/sec)

30-50

Fan

(%)

80%

Extruder Temp (C)

225°C-230°C

Bed

Temp (C)

80°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Engineering

nGen holds up very well to a variety of print speeds and temperatures .

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

HIPS

Speed

(mm/sec)

35-40

Fan

(%)

0

Extruder Temp (C)

230°C-240°C

Bed

Temp (C)

90°C-100°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Engineering

HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene) is a soluble filament most often used as support material.

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

Nylon 645

Speed

(mm/sec)

30-60

Fan

(%)

NA

Extruder Temp (C)

240°C-260°C

Bed

Temp (C)

55°C-65°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Engineering

Nylon is an incredibly strong, durable, and versatile 3D printing material. Flexible when thin, but with very high inter-layer adhesion, nylon lends itself well to things like living hinges and other functional parts.

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

NylonG

Speed

(mm/sec)

40-60

Fan

(%)

0

Extruder Temp (C)

245°C-265°C

Bed

Temp (C)

75°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75mm

Category:

Engineering

Glass Fiber reinforced Nylon 3D printing filament

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

PC-ABS

Speed

(mm/sec)

60

Fan

(%)

0

Extruder Temp (C)

270°C-290°C

Bed

Temp (C)

110°C-140°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Engineering

Polycarbonate-ABS Alloy is an incredibly tough material designed for strong, resilient parts. Properties are excellent and greatly improved over standard ABS.

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

PETG

Speed

(mm/sec)

40-45

Fan

(%)

10%

Extruder Temp (C)

235°C-250°C

Bed

Temp (C)

55°C-70°C

Retraction

(mm)

1.0

Category:

Engineering

Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) is the most commonly used plastic in the world.

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

PolyCast

Speed

(mm/sec)

40-60

Fan

(%)

0-70%

Extruder Temp (C)

190°C-220°C

Bed

Temp (C)

0-70°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Engineering

PolyCast™ is a filament designed to produce investment patterns for investment casting applications. 3D printing significantly cuts down both the cost and lead time by eliminating the tooling process.

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

NylonG

Speed

(mm/sec)

40-60

Fan

(%)

0

Extruder Temp (C)

245°C-265°C

Bed

Temp (C)

75°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75mm

Category:

Engineering

Glass Fiber reinforced Nylon

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

TPE Semiflex

Speed

(mm/sec)

35-45

Fan

(%)

20%-40%

Extruder Temp (C)

225°C-240°C

Bed

Temp (C)

0-70°C

Retraction

(mm)

1.25

Category:

Flexible

TPE (Thermoplastic Polyethylene) It is flexible at room temperature (and low temperature) and is a popular choice for 3d printing.

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

TPU 85A

Speed

(mm/sec)

25-40

Fan

(%)

20%-40%

Extruder Temp (C)

225°C-240°C

Bed

Temp (C)

0-70°C

Retraction

(mm)

1.25

Category:

Flexible

TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) is a compound of hard plastic and rubbers suitable and mostly used for 3D printing.

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

TPU 90A

Speed

(mm/sec)

35-45

Fan

(%)

20%-40%

Extruder Temp (C)

225°C-240°C

Bed

Temp (C)

0-70°C

Retraction

(mm)

1.25

Category:

Flexible

TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) is a compound of hard plastic and rubbers suitable and mostly used for 3D printing.

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

Carbon Fiber PLA

Speed

(mm/sec)

45-65

Fan

(%)

80%

Extruder Temp (C)

190°C-210°C

Bed

Temp (C)

0-60°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Prototyping

CF-PLA (Carbon Fiber Polylactic Acid) is very similar to Standard PLA but is blended and composited with carbon fiber strands

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

Marble PLA

Speed

(mm/sec)

55-75

Fan

(%)

80%

Extruder Temp (C)

190°C-210°C

Bed

Temp (C)

0-60°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Prototyping

Marble PLA is a mix of standard PLA with small black PLA chips for a marble appearance.

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

PLA

Speed

(mm/sec)

55-75

Fan

(%)

80%

Extruder Temp (C)

190°C-210°C

Bed

Temp (C)

0-60°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Prototyping

PLA (Polylactic Acid) is a corn based plastic often used for prototyping due to it's ease of use and low cost.

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

PolyMax PLA

Speed

(mm/sec)

55-75

Fan

(%)

80%

Extruder Temp (C)

190°C-210°C

Bed

Temp (C)

0-60°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Prototyping

PolyMax™ PLA is a 3D printing material with excellent mechanical properties and printing quality

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

AluminumFIll PLA

Speed

(mm/sec)

35-55

Fan

(%)

80%

Extruder Temp (C)

190°C-210°C

Bed

Temp (C)

0-60°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Special

AluminumFill PLA is a mix of standard PLA with aluminum powder.

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

BrassFill HTPLA

Speed

(mm/sec)

35-55

Fan

(%)

80%

Extruder Temp (C)

190°C-210°C

Bed

Temp (C)

0-60°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Special

BrassFill HTPLA is a mix of High Temperature "HT" PLA with brass powder.

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

BronzeFill HTPLA

Speed

(mm/sec)

35-55

Fan

(%)

80%

Extruder Temp (C)

190°C-210°C

Bed

Temp (C)

0-60°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Special

BronzeFill HTPLA is a mix of High Temperature "HT" PLA with bronze powder.

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

CopperFill HTPLA

Speed

(mm/sec)

35-55

Fan

(%)

80%

Extruder Temp (C)

190°C-210°C

Bed

Temp (C)

0-60°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Special

CopperFill HTPLA is a mix of High Temperature "HT" PLA with copper powder.

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

GlowFill

Speed

(mm/sec)

40-100

Fan

(%)

0-70%

Extruder Temp (C)

195°C-220°C

Bed

Temp (C)

0-60°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Special

A special highly concentrated phosphorescent pigment is matched with our PLA/PHA compound, so it’ll print just like our other PLA/PHA 3D printing filaments.

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

HTPLA Matte Fiber

Speed

(mm/sec)

25-45

Fan

(%)

0-70%

Extruder Temp (C)

195°C-225°C

Bed

Temp (C)

0-60°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Special

Made with plant fibers, but reminiscent of Ceramic, Marble, or Limestone. Dimensional stability is improved compared to HTPLA without fibers. It does NOT require a wear-resistant nozzle

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

IronFill PLA

Speed

(mm/sec)

45-65

Fan

(%)

80%

Extruder Temp (C)

190°C-210°C

Bed

Temp (C)

0-60°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Special

IronFill HTPLA is a mix of standard PLA with iron powder.

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

PETT T-Glase

Speed

(mm/sec)

40-55

Fan

(%)

10%

Extruder Temp (C)

235°C-250°C

Bed

Temp (C)

55°C-70°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Special

Taulman T-glase is made from the highest optical quality PETT material

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

PVA

Speed

(mm/sec)

45-55

Fan

(%)

80%

Extruder Temp (C)

190°C-200°C

Bed

Temp (C)

0

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Special

PVA (Polyvinyl Alcohol) is a water soluble filament that can be used as support material for cleaner prints.

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

PVB

Speed

(mm/sec)

40-60

Fan

(%)

50%

Extruder Temp (C)

190°C-220°C

Bed

Temp (C)

0-70°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Special

PVB (Polyvinyl Butyral) is an alcohol soluble filament that can be smoothed by using isopropyl alcohol.

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

Polyalchemy Elixir

Speed

(mm/sec)

45-55

Fan

(%)

0-80%

Extruder Temp (C)

200°C-220°C

Bed

Temp (C)

0-60°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Special

Elixir is blend of PLA and polymers that results in a stunning pearlescent shine that is unmatched by normal PLA.

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

Sparkle Flake HTPLA - Cloverleaf Green

Speed

(mm/sec)

45-65

Fan

(%)

70%

Extruder Temp (C)

200°C-250°C

Bed

Temp (C)

0-70°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Special

Sparkle Flake HTPLA is a mix of High Temperature "HT" PLA with "Sparkle" flakes for a unique finish.

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

Sparkle Flake HTPLA - Highfive Blue

Speed

(mm/sec)

45-65

Fan

(%)

0-70%

Extruder Temp (C)

200°C-250°C

Bed

Temp (C)

0-70°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Special

Sparkle Flake HTPLA is a mix of High Temperature "HT" PLA with "Sparkle" flakes for a unique finish.

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

Thermochromic PLA

Speed

(mm/sec)

60

Fan

(%)

0-70%

Extruder Temp (C)

190°C-220°C

Bed

Temp (C)

0-60°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Special

A special type of filament which changes color based on the temperature of the model. Green at room temperature, turning darker as it gets colder. But held in your hands and will go from a green to a bright pink. And even yellow at higher temperatures.

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

WoodFill

Speed

(mm/sec)

35-55

Fan

(%)

80%

Extruder Temp (C)

190°C-210°C

Bed

Temp (C)

0-60°C

Retraction

(mm)

0.75

Category:

Special

WoodFill PLA is a mixture of PLA filament with fine wood sawdust (typically around 30%).

Surface Quality

Strength

Ease of Use

++++

++++

++++

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