Find your 3D Printing Solution

Browse our resources and in stock product range

3D Printer Image

An Introduction to 3D Printing

3D printing is an additive manufacturing process used to create 3D objects. Materials are joined and solidified together to construct a shape of virtually any geometry and is commonly used in education lesson plans, hobbyists, prototyping and proof of concept and end use functional parts. A wide range of 3D printing technologies and materials are available on the market depending on the application and budget however by far the most common of these technologies is FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication). FFF 3D printers most commonly print in PLA or ABS plastic however with use of other technologies, it is also possible to 3D print resin, carbon fibre and metal, though these 3D printers are far less cost effective.

Additive manufacturing is a process where material is “added” together to create a 3D object as opposed to other traditional methods of manufacturing which incorporate a subtractive process where material is removed to create a 3D object, such as CNC machining. Additive manufacturing saves waste material, time and cost.

Visit our 3D Printing area on the element14 community to join our live webinars and discuss the most up to date printers.

Use the following links to navigate this page:
3D Printing Resources - 3D Printing Materials

See All 3D Printing Products

Key Benefits of 3D Printing


Time to Market

The ability to produce designs quickly and easily in-house can dramatically speed up the research and design phase of any project.


Prototyping Costs

3D Printing materials are a cost effective way to produce multiple incarnations of your designs whilst retaining total control.


Bespoke Parts

Create one off designs that would be impossible to source from a traditional manufacturer and avoid costly mass production.



3D printing is a fun and versatile way to produce an infinite number of designs and is ideal for professionals and makers alike.

Featured Manufacturers

3D Printing Resources

Craftbot Logo
Lulzbot Logo
Makergear Logo
Photocentric Logo

3D Printing Materials