1. 3D printing
  2. Properties
  3. Impact resistant

Impact resistant
3D printing

High impact resistant thermoplastic parts made using the SLS or FDM printing process.

FDM Impact resistant 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

Limited dimensional accuracy
Print layers are likely to be visible


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 ABS

ABS (FDM) has good mechanical properties, with excellent impact strength, superior to PLA, but less defined details. Commonly used for enclosure prototypes.

Material family

Standard ASA

ASA (FDM) has good mechanical properties, similar to ABS, with improved UV stability and high chemical resistance. Commonly used for outdoor applications.

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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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SLS Impact resistant Materials

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

Benefits and Limitations

No support material required
Excellent mechanical properties
Can produce complex geometries

Higher cost than FDM
Longer lead times than FDM


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.

Material family

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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