As the world of desktop 3D printing continues to evolve there are two fabrication methods of printing that are leading the way Filament and Resin.
FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication), or FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling), is a relatively new method which works by laying down fine layers of heated material which bond as they cool.
FFF is the preferred method of rapid prototyping parts with standard tolerances due to its affordability and low turn-around times.
Advantages: material costs, production speed, design flexibility
Disadvantages: accuracy, overhang features
SLA (Stereolithography) is another example of building a model layer by layer, but instead of extruding molten plastic through a nozzle, the process requires a liquid plastic resin called a photopolymer which is then cured by an ultraviolet (UV) laser.
Due to the smaller cross sectional area of the laser, SLA is a significantly slower fabrication method than FFF.
Advantages: accuracy, design flexibility
Disadvantages: material flexibility, material costs, production speed
We have a wide range of 3D printing materials in stock.
The engineering materials are amongst the most popular.
If you need help choosing the right materials for the job we have the inhouse expertise, with hands on experience, to point you in the right direction and we are just a phone call away.
- resistant to salts, acids, and alkalis
- glossy surface
- also resistant to impact, time, and UV light
- resistant to temperatures, UV lights, and chemicals making it a great material for automotive
- semi-matte surface
- also durable and impact resistant
- resistant to UV light, chemicals and weather like temperature, humidity or rain
- semi-matte surface
- simulates ABS
- sturdy, shatter-resistant material withstands high stress and strain
- simulates polypropylene (PP) plastic high-impact strength.
- wear-resistant, ductile material
- a smooth, glossy finish.
- simulates 80A durometer rubber
- used for parts that need to bend and compress
- for simulating soft-touch materials
- great for static applications that will undergo higher temperatures
- can also be used for casting and thermoforming.