For 3-D Printed Firearms, Go with ABS over PLA

    An answer to a question I haven’t thought to ask, Freedom Printing 3D tested two of the most common materials used for 3-D printing, ABS and PLA. Using a simple hammer, the ABS lower receiver was able to stand up significantly better to impact. Comparatively, the PLA shattered immediately.

    Now, ABS Is harder to print, but when done correctly, it will outlast the PLA.

    Now you know!

    Nathan S

    One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

    The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.