ABS is a plastic material that's great for mechanical strength and early stage rough prototypes. ABS is a cost-effective material for initial prototyping applications, and with post-processing options it can offer better surface finish than PLA.
ABS-like is our closest representation of injection molded ABS in a 3D printed material. It has the same high resolution appearance as VeroWhite, but the material is much stronger and more durable.
Accura 25 is a durable and flexible SLA 3D printing material. It’s ideal for snap-fit part designs, as a master pattern for urethane casting, and conceptual modeling. Accura 25 can be used for functional prototyping or end-use parts and has excellent resolution, dimensional accuracy, and can be primed and painted after printing.
Accura ClearVue is a translucent material with a good balance of aesthetic and physical properties. Accura ClearVue with Clear Coat can achieve the highest level of transparency out of our material offerings. It’s the most suitable for high clarity applications, like optics, packaging, and visualization models or assemblies.
Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) Nylon is a synthetic 3D printed polymer material that’s strong, durable and also has some flex to it. As a result, Nylon is a great material choice for snap fits, brackets, clips, and spring features. SLS Nylon is most cost effective in lower quantities compared with MJF Nylon.
PA 12 has excellent flexural strength and heat deflection properties and is a great choice for both end-use production parts and functional prototypes. PA 12 is also available with 40% glass bead fill for a higher degree of stiffness and dimensional stability.
PETG (Polyethylene terephthalate glycol) is a useful 3D printing material for mechanical early-stage prototypes. It’s a great option that merges the cost-effectiveness of PLA and functionality of ABS. Although not ideal for aesthetics, this material is known for its impact resistance, warpage resistance, low shrinkage rate and high head deflection temperature.
PLA is a great 3D printing material for early stage prototyping on simple geometry parts, made out of biodegradable corn starch. Because this material is relatively cheap, you can cost effectively 3D print multiple iterations of an early stage part design.
Rubber-like is one of the unique printing capabilities of PolyJet machines because of the PhotoPolymer resin used in this style of printing. The prints will give you full flexibility of parts and allow you to simulate rubbers between Shore 27A and Shore 90A.
Vero is a high resolution 3D printing material that's excellent for checking your prototype's fit and accuracy. With its 16 micron resolution, this material works great for visual models, especially if they require painting.
VeroClear is a quick-turn translucent material, fabricated using PolyJet 3D printing technology. It works great to replicate clear parts or create light pipes which need to diffuse light over a distance.
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3D Printing, or additive manufacturing, is a process that utilizes a CAD file (typically an STL) to produce a 3-dimensional part. Objects are produced layer by layer using a variety of different materials and layer adhesion technologies.
3D printing has evolved significantly over the decades and over time many different technologies have been developed:
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is a common process for early stage prototypes. Machines range from hobbiest-grade to professional grade.
Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) uses high-powered lasers to sinter powdered material, binding it together to create a solid structure. This process is ideal for functional testing, in the low to mid volumes (10s to 100s of units).
Stereolithography (SLA) is known for achieving highly detailed and functionally accurate parts. The technology utilizes a mirror that is programmed to direct an ultraviolet laser to draw and cure a part's cross-section onto a vat of photopolymer resin.
HP® Multi Jet Fusion is a production-grade technology that spreads out a fine layer of powder, deposits a fluid in the desired areas, and then fuses those areas.
PolyJet is a 3D printing technology similar to inkjet document printing, but instead of jetting drops of ink onto paper, PolyJet machines jet layers of liquid photopolymer onto a build tray and instantly cure them with UV light. This process is ideal for visual models and functional prototypes.
Other technologies include: Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), Digital Light Processing (DLP), Electronic Beam Melting (EBM), Laminated Object Manufacturing (LOM), and others.
Additive manufacturing can provide more flexibility in geometry compared to subtractive manufacturing methods (CNC). Thus, a higher level of complexity can be more easily achieved through 3D printing. Compared with injection molding, 3D printed parts do not require costly tooling, thus technologies like Multi Jet Fusion can be a great option for production parts at lower volumes.
While there are fewer limitations in terms of manufacturability for 3D printing when compared with CNC machining, there are still a few things to keep in mind. Wall thickness is one of the main design considerations to ensure your parts are structurally sound. You can read more about our wall thickness recommendations in this article. When you upload a CAD model to the Fictiv platform, you will receive manufacturability feedback that lets you know of any design risks.
There are a lot of different ways to implement threads into your 3D printed part. Here we cover the pros and cons of the most common methods as well as specific installation steps to help get you started.Learn more