How is PETG Different from Tough and PLA?
PETG has improved mechanical and thermal properties, it has a higher heat deflection temperature than PLA and Tough (70C vs. ~49C). PETG also has better chemical and moisture resistance and is very durable. It has a glossy finish and a good degree of ductility.

PETG has greater strength and flexibility qualities than Tough and PLA and is odourless when printing.

 

What Kind of Applications Should I Use PETG For?
The engineering grade material is ideal for functional prototypes or fixtures and end-use parts that need to withstand a high degree of wear, moisture or chemicals. It also can be used for parts that require higher heat resistance than PLA or Tough. The ductility of the materials works well for fitted parts, snap fits or living hinges.

 

What’s the Difference Between Specialty and Precision Materials?
MakerBot Precision Materials are the primary materials developed for METHOD that cover the majority of use cases and are recommended as the default choice for most users. These materials have been extensively tested for the highest reliability and measurably accurate parts. MakerBot Precision Parts currently include MakerBot Tough, MakerBot PLA and MakerBot PVA.

PETG is the first material in MakerBot’s new line of Specialty Materials for METHOD. These new materials are for users looking for advanced material properties, such as higher heat resistance, chemical resistance and better durability. Specialty Materials provide basic print performance and may require additional workflow steps to print successfully. PETG, for example, requires the application of adhesion stick to the build plate prior to printing.

 

How Exactly is the Print Performance of Specialty Materials Different from Precision Materials?
MakerBot Precision Materials have been extensively tested and tuned for the highest reliability and measurable dimensional part accuracy and repeatability. MakerBot Specialty Materials also go through internal testing prior to release, but not to the same degree and MakerBot don’t tune them to the same dimensional accuracy standards. They also may require additional workflow steps to print successfully. PETG, for example, requires the application of adhesion stick to the build plate prior to printing.

 

What Are Some Other Specialty Materials that MakerBot are Working On?
MakerBot is working on additional Specialty Materials for Method, but they can’t comment on details about their roadmap. The fact that they launched the first new Specialty Material only 2 months after they started shipping Method to customers shows their commitment to offering their customers a leading selection of materials.

 

What Are the Extra Worksteps Required for PETG?
PETG requires the application of adhesion stick to the build plate prior to printing.

 

Are MakerBot Going to Launch ABS for Method?
MakerBot is working on additional materials for Method, but they can’t comment on details about their roadmap.

 

What’s the Extruder Lifetime when Printing with PETG?
MakerBot offer the same 6-month warranty for the Performance Extruder, but they do not publish lifetime hours for Specialty Materials.

 

Do I Need a Separate Extruder when Printing PETG?
No, PETG works with the standard Model Performance Extruder for Method.