ABS vs PLA, #WhatWillYouChoose?

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ABS vs PLA, #WhatWillYouChoose?

A frequent question we get from our community is whether it’s best to Doodle in ABS or PLA plastic. Almost a year and a half ago we wrote our first comparison of the two, aimed at helping you choose. 18 months later, with over 100,000 3Doodlers shipped, and a rocking 50 colors in our e-store we thought it was time for a refresh!

We’ve added more use-cases to our comparison chart and more detail to our verdict. You can create almost anything with both plastics, but depending on technique, your desired finish, and the item you are making, you may be swayed towards ABS, PLA, or a mix of both. Please also check out our Power Doodler posts (Part 1 and Part 2), which touch on some of the best techniques and uses for each plastic.

We hope this comparison is helpful to our community as well as the 3D printing community more generally. We’d love to hear what think, and which plastics you like Doodling in. And if there’s anything we’ve missed or that you think we should add to our next comparison please get in touch!

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