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Polypropylene

Overview

Polypropylene is a semi-flexible water-resistant lightweight material. PP is relatively lightweight and has good chemical resistant properties. 

PP can be printed in a sterile FDA approved environment for food safe applications. Depending on additives in the filament, Polypropylene can also have heat resistant properties, and can be used in the microwave and dishwasher without issue. While printing it has excellent layer bonding, giving prints a good solid finish and making layer lines unnoticeable. Polypropylene commonly warps while printing if a temperature change occurs, making it quite challenging to work with. PP has trouble adhering to most 3D printer surfaces and may need some additional support such as using a raft or tape depending on printer and filament used. 

Used for: Food-Based Applications, Watch Straps, Containers.

Strength

Low

Durability

High

Printability

Difficult

Pros

Cons

Recommended Settings

Print Temp

220°C - 250°C

Cooling Fan Off

Temp may vary on brand

Bed Temp

80°C -100°C

Temp may vary on brand

Print Surface

Heated Bed Required
Enclosure Required

Example Prints