Selecting the right material for your needs is one of the most important part of any project. In fact, we recommend picking a material first, since it will determine what technologies you can use.
The industrial thermoplastics and metal alloys below offer a wide range of properties to suit any project. Click on any material to learn more about it and get full specifications.
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The best printed plastic on the market for most applications. Durable, lightweight, inexpensive and quick to produce. Good chemical and heat resistance. Superior surface finish makes it an excellent option for industrial parts, functional prototypes and consumer products alike.
Quickly create custom medical-grade plastic parts, tooling and prototypes with no setup costs or additional fees. Can be EtO or gamma sterilized. Click here for full list of sterilizable materials.
Selective laser sintering (SLS) offers a relatively large print bed compared to most 3D printing technologies. The range of filled and unfilled nylons that are compatible with SLS allow printed parts to possess a variety of mechanical and aesthetic properties, from hard and rigid to soft and flexible. Though we recommend the HP Multi Jet Fusion for most applications, SLS can offer additional value for parts which exceed the size limits of other technologies or require specific mechanical properties.
3D Printed Metals
3D printed metals allow you to produce metal parts, products, prototypes and tooling with no additional setup time or fees. Like all 3D printing, direct metal printing, metal printing and direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) can produce designs with complex internal geometries like nested cores or spiral vents. 3D printed metals offer good value for functional prototypes, conceptual models or small- to medium-sized production runs.
Easily machined metal with high temperature resistance. The most commonly used MIM powder. Many heat-sensitive applications in aerospace, automotive and medical industries. Meets MPIF 35 standards.
The most cost effective Direct Metal material with high wear resistance for increased product life. Good for aesthetic pieces and high-wear components like impellers, rotors, or firearm parts