Choosing a 3D Printing Technology and Material

There are many questions arise when you choose 3D Printing Technology and Material so here our partner Stratasys Direct Manufacturing explains it to help you decide. Additive metals, laser sintering, extruded filament, powdered plastics, alloys, photopolymers – the list goes on and on. Today there are a plethora of 3D printing processes and materials to choose from and it’s only growing. The dynamic additive manufacturing market is often difficult to navigate, especially if you’re still learning about the processes. Our partner Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, their project and applications engineers try to learn as much as they can about customer’s part application to accurately guide them to the best technology and materials. To help you start to filter out certain processes and materials, here put together a selection methodology:

  1. Application – What is the purpose of the end product?
  2. Function – What does the part need to do? 
  3. Stability – Where does the part need to function? 
  4. Durability – How long does the part need to last? 
  5. Aesthetics – How does the part need to look and feel?
  6. Economics – What is your budget and timeline? 
  7. Priorities – What is the most important decision-making factor? 

Choosing the right additive manufacturing technology and material for your application is critical to part performance and results. The main thing to remember is “one-size-fits-all” doesn’t apply to additive manufacturing. s methodology to use with their customers:

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