dlw wrote:I am making a prototype of a product.
Testing is imperative before presentation.
My understanding is ABS will hold up better and last longer.
Please correct me if I am wrong.
It depends on what you're doing with, so you can't just make an unqualified statement about holding up and lasting longer. Try googling"printing abs vs pla"
for a comparison (although Sturgeon's law states that 90% of everything on the Internet (or anywhere else
) is cr*p). RJ would know if PETG would be a better choice for you.
I'd be very hesitant to make a bet my business prototype with a low end hobby grade printer, especially as a 3D printing beginner. They're just not designed for it. Yes, you can make it work, eventually, but it'll be a long process of learning how your printer works and modding it to make it do what you want. Do you want to use your time dinking around with a hobbyist device or developing your product? Think about printing sample parts with PLA, which your printer likely was designed for, then use a service like Shapeways to print the actual prototype. There's a reason that professional 3D printers cost tens of thousands of dollars, and it's not all evil money grubbing profiteering and price gouging.
If you go the homemade route at least invest in a printer with a heated bed, or add one to your existing device. You'll likely need to upgrade the power supply. Is that something you're willing to take on?
Side note, one of my daughters is an entrepreneur who's been CEO of a few startups. She's had mixed results hiring others to 3D print prototype parts for her (not me...), and good luck (although pricey) with shapeways parts.