The economical option for prototyping and testing the dimensions, tolerances and basic functionality of components. PLA is a rigid and durable material best used for low temperature and indoor uses.
A more durable and versatile option than PLA, ABS has the same properties as PLA but can withstand higher temperatures and is UV resistant. Making it a perfect option for outdoor and automotive components.
Lies somewhere between PLA and ABS, PETG is a strong durable material that is food safe and chemically resistant.
A rugged material best suited for components that require high functionality and durability, like gears. Nylon's properties include being abrasive resistant and slightly flexible, allowing for high impact resistance components.
Carbon fiber is typically mixed in with other materials, mainly PETG or nylon, to increase the strength and stiffness of components.