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High strength
3D printing

High strength plastics and metals with tensile strength greater than 45 MPa.

DMLS/SLM High strength Materials

DMLS/SLM produce high performance, end-use metal 3D printed parts for industrial applications in aerospace, automotive and medical.

Benefits and Limitations

Can produce complex geometries

High Cost

Characteristics

Price $$$$$ Tolerance ± 0.1 mm
Turnaround time < 10 days Wall thickness 0.4 mm
Max part size 50 x 28 x 36 cm Layer height 20 – 50 μm

Stainless steel 316

Stainless steel (DMLS/SLM) has high ductility and excellent corrosion resistance. It produces fully dense parts for industrial applications.

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Cobalt-chrome

Cobalt-chrome (DMLS/SLM) is a high corrosion and wear resistant materials with excellent temperature resistance. Suitable for biomedical applications.

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Inconel

Inconel (DMLS/SLM) is a metal super-alloy with excellent tensile, fatigue, creep, and rupture strength, ideal for high-temperature applications.

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Aluminum

Aluminum (DMLS/SLM) is a low-density metal with great mechanical and thermal properties and good electrical conductivity.

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Titanium

Titanium (DMLS/SLM) has excellent mechanical properties, corrosion resistance and strength-to-weight ratio. It is sterilizable and biocompatible.

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Nickel alloy

Nickel Alloys (DMLS/SLM) are metal super-alloys with extreme heat and corrosion resistance.

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SLS High strength Materials

SLS is used for both prototyping and small-batch production of functional plastic parts with good mechanical properties.

Benefits and Limitations

Can produce complex geometries

Longer lead times than FDM

Characteristics

Price $$$$$ Tolerance ± 0.3% (min: ± 0.3 mm)
Turnaround time < 5 days Wall thickness 0.7 mm
Max part size 75 x 55 x 55 cm Layer height 80 - 120 μm

Standard Nylon

Standard Nylon (SLS) - PA 12 - has all-around great mechanical properties and chemical resistance and is ideal for functional parts and prototypes.

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Carbon filled Nylon

Carbon filled Nylon (SLS) contains carbon fiber or graphite particles that give parts high stiffness and improved thermal properties over standard Nylon.

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Glass filled Nylon

Glass filled Nylon (SLS) contains glass particles that give parts high stiffness and improved thermal and abrasion resistance over standard Nylon.

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Mineral filled Nylon

Mineral filled Nylon (SLS) contains mineral particles that give parts higher stiffness, thermal stability and density over standard Nylon.

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Aluminum filled Nylon

Aluminum filled Nylon (SLS) contains aluminum particles that give parts a metallic appearance, improved stiffness over standard Nylon and great machinability.

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Nylon 11

Nylon 11 (SLS) - PA 11 - has higher impact resistance and is more flexible than standard Nylon (PA 12), but has lower hardness.

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Flame retardant Nylon

Flame retardant Nylon (SLS) are certified PA materials for consumer applications and aviation with great mechanical properties.

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FDM High strength Materials

FDM is the most widely available 3D printing process, mainly used for low-cost prototyping and design verification with very fast turn around times.

Benefits and Limitations

Fast turnaround times

Print layers are likely to be visible

Characteristics

Price $$$$$ Tolerance ± 0.5% (min: ± 0.5 mm)
Turnaround time < 2 days Wall thickness 0.8 mm
Max part size 100 x 100 x 100 cm Layer height 50 - 400 μm

Standard Nylon

Nylon (FDM) has superior mechanical properties than ABS and high chemical and abrasion resistance. Used for functional parts requiring high fatigue strength.

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Standard PEI (ULTEM)

ULTEM (FDM) is an engineering plastic with good mechanical properties and exceptional heat, chemical and flame resistance. Suitable for top-end applications.

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Carbon-fiber reinforced Nylon

Carbon-fibre reinforced Nylon (FDM) contains continuous carbon fibers that give extremely high stiffness and strength-to-weight ratio comparable to metal.

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Carbon filled Nylon

Carbon filled Nylon (FDM) has excellent stiffness and good temperature resistance. Ranks between standard Nylon and continuous Carbon-fiber reinforced Nylon.

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Kevlar-fiber reinforced Nylon

Kevlar-fiber reinforced Nylon (FDM) contains continuous kevlar fibers that give excellent mechanical properties and high abrasion and impact resistance.

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Fiberglass reinforced Nylon

Fiberglass reinforced Nylon (FDM) contains continuous glass fibers that give high stiffness and excellent heat resistance. Ideal for high temperature applications.

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Binder Jetting High strength Materials

Binder Jetting is most commonly used for full-color parts, low-cost metal printing, and large sand casting molds.

Benefits and Limitations

Can produce very large parts

Mechanical properties not as good as DMLS / SLM

Characteristics

Price $$$$$ Tolerance ± 0.2 - 0.3 mm
Turnaround time < 5 days Wall thickness 2.0 mm
Max part size 180 x 100 x 60 cm Layer height 50 - 400 μm

Stainless steel 316 (sintered)

Stainless steel (Binder Jetting) is sintered and is a cost-effective way of producing metal parts with good mechanical properties.

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Stainless steel 316 (bronze filled)

Stainless steel (Binder Jetting) is infiltrated with 40% bronze and is a cost-effective way of producing metal parts with good mechanical properties.

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