Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is a versatile 3D printing technology that produces durable parts for prototyping and end-use applications. SLS is ideal for affordable prototyping ,complex geometries, tough end-use parts, and low to mid sized production runs.
Great For: affordable prototypes, durable end-use-parts, low/mid volume production
SLA is a high-precision 3D printing technology used for creating prototypes, mold patterns, and production parts. It is one of the best technologies for applications requiring accurate form & fit, or fine details.
Great For: fit/form prototypes, display models, master patterns, silicone molds, jigs, fixtures
Polyjet is a versatile 3D printing process that can somewhat accurately create rubber-like prototypes. It can print in multiple materials on the same part to simulate overmolding.
Great For: rubber-like prototypes, overmolding prototypes
FDM is a 3D printing process where parts are built up layer by layer with strands of extruded thermoplastic. Some materials available for FDM are the same as those used in traditional manufacturing processes such as ABS, Polycarbonate, and Ultem. It is ideal for functional applications where durability and material properties are important.
Great For: functional prototypes, jigs and fixtures, low volume production
DMLS is a metal 3D printing technology that uses a laser to weld powdered metal together to create durable parts in complex geometries that are as strong as machined models. With real-world materials like stainless steel 316, titanium, Inconel, and aluminum, engineers can have end-use parts that can handle demanding applications. DMLS is best for parts that are too complex or expensive to machine, or where thermoplastics just won’t perform.
Great For: low volume production of complex metal parts
CNC Milling and Turning are subtractive prototyping and production technologies capable of producing a wide range of part sizes and materials. CNC Machining is best for basic geometries with high tolerance or specialty material requirements.
Great For: fit/form prototypes, functional prototypes, low/mid/high volume production
Urethane Casting is a manufacturing technology where a silicone mold is made from a 3D printed master. The technology can produce low volumes of rubber-like or plastic-like polyurethane parts.
Great For: rubber-like prototypes, display models, low volume production
Injection molding is an end-use manufacturing method designed for producing batches of plastic parts affordably.
Great For: medium to high volume production