3D Printed Materials
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.
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.
Smooth surface finish with strong mechanical strength and thermal resistance. Good for functional prototypes and aesthetic models.
Excellent stiffness and thermal resistance, often used as an inexpensive alternative to ABS for large, rigid parts.
Plastic with a chemical flame retardant which protects structure against fire with a carbonating coating.
One of the most dense 3D printed plastics. Has a metallic appearance as well as excellent thermal and conductive properties.
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.
The most versatile and widely used stainless steel. Easy and consistent fabrication with good corrosion resistance and strength. Many general-purpose commercial applications.
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 best option for post-printing machining. Able to achieve very tight tolerances. High wear resistance. Ideal for tooling, fixtures and medical parts.
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
High-density shielding material with a very high melting point. Many industrial applications in aerospace, medical and nuclear industries. Frequently used as a replacement for lead in radiation shielding.
Lightweight metal with good thermal resistance, hardness and mechanical strength, often used for thin parts and complex geometries.
Biocompatible metal with excellent mechanical strength and corrosion resistance. Used in medical and transportation industries.
Biocompatible metal with very high specific strength and corrosion resistance. Often used in medical industry for artificial joints and dental implants.
Hard, strong and durable 3D printed tool steel, ideal for creating tooling, molds and other industrial-grade parts and products.
Nickel alloy with superior corrosion resistance and thermal properties and good mechanical strength. Used in high-corrosion applications.