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3D Printing

Learn 3D Printing

Where to Download 3D Object Files

File Types


The Idea Lab uses two types of filament PLA & PVA. PLA is environmentally friendly, biodegradable and non toxic. This is what the actual model is built from. It can also be used as support material. PLA comes in many different colors and types. View the document 3D Print Filament Options for a list of all the filaments the Idea Lab has available. If you would like to learn more about each type of PLA filament see the links below.

The Idea Lab uses two types of filament PLA & PVA. PVA is water soluble filament used for support material. 

The Idea Lab only uses PLA & PVA filament. However, there are many other types of filament available for 3D printers. Here are some of the other common types of filament.




Flexible Filament

Post Processing

Tips for painting, sanding and smoothing your 3D prints.


Tips and tricks for fixing common 3D printing problems.