FDM Specification

Requirement Specification
Maximum build size 550×550×550mm (21.65'' x 21.65'' x 21.65'')*
Standard lead time 4 business days
Dimensional accuracy ±0.25mm to ± 0.35mm
Layer height 60-300 μm
Infill 10-100%

Materials for FDM

Group Description
Prototyping PLA PLA is the easiest polymer to print and provides good visual quality. It is very rigid and actually quite strong, but is very brittle.
Nylon Nylon possesses great mechanical properties, and in particular, the best impact resistance for a non-flexible filament.
PETG Designers and engineers can take advantage of its transparency, moisture and chemical resistance to make great functional prototypes such as containers for liquids, signage and graphic displays, enclosures for electrical equipment, etc
Carbon Fiber Carbon Fiber delivers the highest strength and stiffness-to-weight ratio of any our FDM materials, suitable for markets like aerospace, automotive, industrial & recreational manufacturing
HIPS HIPS is an engineering thermoplastic with good dimensional stability, good impact resistance, excellent machinability and excellent aesthetic qualities.
ABS ABS is usually picked over PLA when higher temperature resistance and higher toughness is required
TPU TPU is mostly used for flexible applications, but its very high impact resistance can open for other applications.
PC PC is the strongest material of all, and can be an interesting alternative to ABS as the properties are quite similar.

Design guidelines for FDM

The table below summarizes the recommended and technically feasible values for the most common features encountered in 3D printed parts.

Feature Recommended size
Unsupported walls 0.8 mm (0.0315'')
Supported walls 0.8 mm (0.0315'')
Minimum feature size 2.0 mm (0.00787'')
Minimum hole diameter 2.0 mm (0.00787'')

Ideal FDM applications

  • • Product development (Rapid Prototyping)
  • • Tooling (Die/Mold)
  • • End-use parts
  • • Architecture
  • • Education

SLS Specification

Standard capabilities Description
Maximum build size* 381×330×460mm (15”x13”x18”)
Lead time* 5 business days
Dimensional accuracy ± 0.15mm to ± 0.20mm
Layer thickness 0.08mm to 0.15mm

Materials for SLS

Material Description
Nylon 12 (PA2200) SLS nylon is a robust thermoplastic with all-around excellent physical properties, ideal for functional prototypes and end-use applications.
Glass-filled Nylon (PA3200GF) Glass-filled SLS nylon is reinforced with glass beads creating parts with higher stiffness and thermal stability than standard nylon.

Ideal SLS applications

  • Functional prototyping
  • SLS is ideal for fabricating functional prototypes from durable, chemically resistant engineering thermoplastics.
    Requirements :
    Strength: Medium/High
    Appearance: Smooth surface

  • Low-volume production
  • SLS is cost-competitive to injection molding for low-volume manufacturing of end-use plastics parts for quantities up to 300 units.
    Requirements :
    Strength: Medium/High
    Appearance: Injection molding-like

  • High-performance components
  • SLS can produce optimized parts from advanced polymer composites that can be used as replacements to metal components.
    Requirements :
    Strength: High
    Appearance: Smooth surface

MJF Specification

Capabilities Description
Maximum build size* 380×285×380 mm (14.9'' x 11.2'' x 14.9'')
Lead time* 5-6 business days
Dimensional accuracy ± 0.15mm to ± 0.2mm
Layer thickness 100 μm

Materials for MJF

Material Description
HP PA 12 (Nylon 12) Nylon 12 is a robust thermoplastic with all-around excellent physical properties and chemical resistance, ideal for functional prototypes and end-use applications.

Ideal MJF applications

  • Functional prototyping
  • MJF is ideal for fabricating functional prototypes from durable, chemically resistant engineering thermoplastics.
    Requirements :
    Strength: Medium/High
    Appearance: Smooth surface

  • Low-volume production
  • MJF is cost-competitive to injection molding for low-volume manufacturing of end-use plastics parts for quantities up to 300 units.
    Requirements :
    Strength: Medium/High
    Appearance: Injection molding-like
    Quantity: 10-300 units

  • High-performance components
  • MJF can produce optimized parts from advanced polymer composites that can be used as replacements to metal components.
    Requirements :
    Strength: High
    Appearance: Smooth surface

Design guidelines for MJF

Feature Recommended size
Unsupported walls 1.0 mm (0.040'')
Supported walls 0.7 mm (0.030'')
Minimum detail size 0.25 mm (0.010'')
Minimum hole size 1.0 mm (0.040'')
Moving parts 0.5 mm (0.020'') between moving surfaces
Assembly clearance 0.4 mm (0.016'') between mating surfaces
Maximum wall thickness 20 mm (0.8''). Thicker parts must be hollowed and contain at least two escape holes for powder removal with a min. diameter of 8 mm (0.3'').

SLA Specification

Requirement Specification
Maximum build size 145 × 145 × 175 mm (5.7" x 5.7" x 6.8")
Standard lead time 4 business days
Dimensional accuracy ± 0.15 to ± 0.20mm
Layer height 25-100 um

Materials for SLA

Resin Description
Formlabs Standard Resin Matte surface finish and high detail, available in Gray, Black and White.
Formlabs Grey Pro Resin Offers high precision, moderate elongation, and low creep. This material is great for concept modelling and functional prototyping, especially for parts that will be handled repeatedly.
Formlabs Clear Resin Great for fluidics and moldmaking, optics, lighting, and any parts requiring translucency or showcasing internal features. Has a semi-transparent appearance
Formlabs High Temp resin Has high stiffness and excellent temperature resistance.
Formlabs Flexible resin 80-85A Shore hardness material for more rigid flexible parts with a matte-black soft-touch finish.
Formlabs Tough resin Has properties of ABS and produces parts with improved mechanical properties compared to other resins. Can be used for functional parts.
Flexible resin Rubber 65-A BLK 65A Shore hardness material for flexible parts with a smooth black soft-touch finish
Flexible resin Rubber 10 BLK 95A Shore hardness material for more rigid flexible parts with a smooth black soft-touch finish

Design guidelines for SLA

Feature Recommended size
Unsupported walls 1.0 mm (0.0393'')
Supported walls 0.8 mm (0.0315'')
Minimum feature size 0.2 mm (0.00787'')
Minimum hole diameter 0.5 mm (0.0197'')
Minimum escape hole diameter 4.0 mm (0.157'')

Ideal SLA applications

  • • Rapid Prototyping
  • • Manufacturing
  • • Engineering and Product Design
  • • Dental
  • • Education
  • • Healthcare
  • • Jewellery

DMLS Specification

Requirement Specification
Maximum build size 250×250×300 mm (9.84'' x 9.84'' x 11.81'')
Standard lead time 10 business days
Dimensional accuracy (<10mm) ± 0.2mm to ± 0.25mm
Layer height 30μm to 60μm

Materials for DMLS

Material Description
Aluminium AlSi10Mg Low-density metal with great mechanical and thermal properties and good electrical conductivity.
Stainless Steel 316 High ductility and excellent corrosion resistance. It produces fully dense parts for industrial applications.
SS316L Engineering Grade material
SS174PH Engineering Grade material
M300 Margin steel- Engineering Grade material
CoCr Dental grade material
Ti6AL4V Grade 23 Medical
Nickel Alloy  

Design guidelines for DMLS

Feature Recommended size
Unsupported walls 0.4 mm (0.0157'')
Supported walls 0.5 mm (0.0196'')
Minimum feature size 0.6 mm (0.0236'')
Minimum hole diameter 1.5 mm (0.0596'')
Escape hole diameter 5 mm (0.196'')

Ideal DMLS applications

  • • Automotive industry
  • • Aerospace industry
  • • Functional prototypes
  • • Thermal Control system
  • • End-use parts
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