Ultimaker 3 material compatibility

The Ultimaker 3 comes with two types of print cores: AA and BB core. The AA print cores can be used for printing PLA, Tough PLA, PETG, ABS, CPE, CPE+, Nylon, PC, TPU 95A, PP, and Breakaway. The BB print core can be used for PVA, a water-soluble support material.

The print cores are available in several sizes. The overview below shows which material can be used with which print core. This is based on single-material prints.

Print core AA 0.25 mm 0.4 mm 0.8 mm

PLA

Tough PLA

PETG

ABS

Nylon

CPE

CPE+

X

exp

PC

exp

exp

TPU95A

X

PP

exp

Breakaway

X

X

Print core BB 0.25 mm 0.4 mm 0.8 mm

PVA

X (N/A)

Tip: The icons in the table reflect the compatibility and support of the combination. Officially supported (), not supported (X), or experimental (exp). Results are dependent on the model type that is used.

Dual material compatibility

For an overview of possible dual-extrusion material combinations, take a look at the table below:

  PLA TPLA PETG ABS Nylon CPE CPE+ PC TPU PP PVA BAM
PLA X X X X X X X X X
TPLA   X X X X X X X X
PETG     X X X X X exp X
ABS       X X X X exp X exp
Nylon         exp X X X exp X
CPE           X X X X
CPE+             exp X X X exp
PC               exp exp X X exp
TPU95A                 exp X exp exp
PP                   exp X X
PVA                     X X
BAM                       X

Tip: The icons in the table reflect the compatibility and support of the combination. Officially supported (), not supported (X), or experimental (exp). Results are dependent on the model type that is used. For more information on why a material combination is listed as experimental, visit the How to print guides of these materials.

Ultimaker materials vs third-party materials

Although the Ultimaker 3 has an open material system, the use of Ultimaker material on the printer is recommended. All Ultimaker materials have been tested extensively and have optimized profiles in Ultimaker Cura to ensure the best print result.

Using Ultimaker materials will also allow you to benefit from the NFC detection system. Ultimaker spools are automatically recognized by the Ultimaker 3, and this information is directly transferred to Ultimaker Cura when connected via the network. This allows for a seamless connection between the printer and Ultimaker Cura software.

The Ultimaker 3 also supports printing with third-party materials. Check the Ultimaker Marketplace for compatible material profiles for the best results. For other materials, you can create print profiles manually.

Print settings

Each material requires different settings for optimal results. If you use Ultimaker Cura to prepare your model, these settings are automatically set correctly if the correct print core(s) and material(s) are selected.

Note: For all materials that are supported on the Ultimaker 3, it is also recommended to apply a thin layer of glue or an adhesion sheet to the glass plate before starting a print. This will make sure that your print adheres well to the glass plate.

For detailed instructions on which settings and adhesion methods to use per material, consult the How to print guides per material, or check the page on glue-type recommendations.

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